About May 23

May 23, 2024 is the 144th day of the year 2024 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 222 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

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Gemini is the sun sign of a person born on this day. Emerald is the modern birthstone for this month. Sapphire is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 251 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On May 23

  • 1430
    Siege of Compiègne: Joan of Arc is captured by the Burgundians while leading an army to relieve Compiègne.
  • 1498
    Girolamo Savonarola is burned at the stake in Florence, Italy, on the orders of Pope Alexander VI.
  • 1533
    The marriage of King Henry VIII to Catherine of Aragon is declared null and void.
  • 1568
    The Netherlands declare their independence from Spain.
  • 1618
    The Second Defenestration of Prague precipitates the Thirty Years’ War.
  • 1706
    Battle of Ramillies: John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, defeats a French army under Marshal Villeroi.
  • 1788
    South Carolina ratifies the Constitution as the 8th American state.
  • 1805
    Napoleon Bonaparte is crowned King of Italy with the Iron Crown of Lombardy in the Cathedral of Milan.
  • 1813
    South American independence leader Simón Bolívar enters Mérida, leading the invasion of Venezuela, and is proclaimed El Libertador (“The Liberator”).
  • 1907
    The unicameral Parliament of Finland gathers for its first plenary session.
  • 1915
    World War I: Italy joins the Allies after they declare war on Austria-Hungary.
  • 1934
    The Auto-Lite Strike culminates in the “Battle of Toledo”, a five-day melée between 1,300 troops of the Ohio National Guard and 6,000 picketers.
  • 1945
    World War II: Heinrich Himmler, the head of the SS, commits suicide while in Allied custody.
  • 1945
    World War II: The Flensburg government under Reichspräsident Karl Dönitz is dissolved when its members are captured and arrested by British forces at Flensburg in Northern Germany.
  • 1948
    Thomas C. Wasson, US Consul-General assassinated in Jerusalem.
  • 1958
    Explorer 1 ceases transmission.
  • 1990
    Jordan Mack was born.
  • 1998
    The Good Friday Agreement is accepted in a referendum in Northern Ireland with 75% voting yes.
  • 2002
    The “55 parties” clause of the Kyoto protocol is reached after its ratification by Iceland.
  • 2006
    Alaskan stratovolcano Mount Cleveland erupts.

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