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    • May 23, 1059 Henri I crowns his son compassionate King Philip I of France

    • May 23, 1275 King Edward I of England orders cessation of persecution of French Jews

    • May 23, 1420 Jews of Syria & Austria expelled

    • May 23, 1430 "Joan of Arc captured by Burgundians at Compiegne, who sell her to the British"

    • May 23, 1430 Joan of Arc is captured by the Burgundians while leading an army to relieve Compigne. (See Siege of Compigne.)

    • May 23, 1493 King Charles VIII & Maximilian I of Austria signs Peace of Senlis

    • May 23, 1498 "Girolamo Savonarola is burned at the stake, in Florence, Italy, on the orders of Pope Alexander VI"

    • May 23, 1533 The marriage of England's King Henry VIII to Catharine of Aragin is declared null and void

    • May 23, 1533 The marriage of King Henry VIII to Catherine of Aragon is declared null and void.

    • May 23, 1536 Pope Paul III installs Portugese inquisition

    • May 23, 1544 German emperor Charles V recognizes king Christian III of Denmark

    • May 23, 1555 Giampietro Caraffa elected Pope Paul IV

    • May 23, 1568 "Battle at Heiligerlee: Dutch rebels beat Spanish, 100s killed"

    • May 23, 1568 "Dutch rebels led by Louis of Nassau, brother of William I of Orange, defeat Jean de Ligne, Duke of Aremberg and his loyalist troops in the Battle of Heiligerlee, opening the Eighty Years' War."

    • May 23, 1568 Netherlands declared independence from Spain.

    • May 23, 1576 Tycho Brahe given Hveen Island to build Uraniborg Observatory

    • May 23, 1609 Official ratification of the Second Charter of Virginia takes place.

    • May 23, 1611 Matthias von Habsburg chosen king of Bohemia

    • May 23, 1618 2nd Defenestration of Prague; the beginning of the 30 Years War

    • May 23, 1618 Imperial civil servants thrown out a window of Prague Castle

    • May 23, 1618 The Second Defenestration of Prague precipitates the Thirty Years' War.

    • May 23, 1644 Johan Mauritius van Nassau resigns as head of Civil rights activists

    • May 23, 1647 Willem II sworn in as viceroy of Holland

    • May 23, 1660 King Charles II returns from exile sails from Scheveningen to England

    • May 23, 1667 King Afonso VI of Portugal flees

    • May 23, 1701 "After being convicted of piracy and of murdering William Moore, Captain William Kidd is hanged in London."

    • May 23, 1701 Captain Kidd hung in London after conviction of piracy & murder

    • May 23, 1701 Captain William Kidd is hanged in Londo after being convicted of piracy and murder

    • May 23, 1706 "Battle of Ramillies - the John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough defeats a French army under Marshal Villeroi."

    • May 23, 1706 "Battle of Ramillies-Marlborough defeats French; 17,000 killed"

    • May 23, 1774 Chestertown tea party occurs (tea dumped into Chester River)

    • May 23, 1785 Benjamin Franklin announces his invention of bifocals

    • May 23, 1813 "South American independence leader Simn Bolvar enters Mrida, leading the invasion of Venezuela, and is proclaimed El Libertador (""The Liberator"")."

    • May 23, 1844 "Declaration of the Bb: Over the prior night the Persian Prophet the Bb announces his revelation, founding Bbsm. He announced to the world of the coming of ""He whom God shall make manifest."" He is considered the forerunner of Bah'u'llh, the founder of the Bah' Faith."

    • May 23, 1848 "Otto Lilienthal, pioneer aviator is born"

    • May 23, 1853 Buenos Aires gains independence from Argentina (reunited 1859)

    • May 23, 1861 3 fleeing slaves enter Fort Monroe VA

    • May 23, 1861 Virginia citizens vote 3 to 1 in favor of secession

    • May 23, 1862 Battle at Front Royal VA

    • May 23, 1862 Valley Campaign-Stonewall Jackson takes Front Royal VA

    • May 23, 1863 "Organization of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Battle Creek, Michigan."

    • May 23, 1863 The Siege of Port Hudson starts.

    • May 23, 1864 Battle of Dallas GA

    • May 23, 1864 "Battle of North Anna VA, first of 3 days of fighting"

    • May 23, 1865 "Flag flown at full staff over White House, first time since Lincoln shot"

    • May 23, 1865 Grand Review begins in Washington DC

    • May 23, 1865 Victory parade in Washington DC

    • May 23, 1867 "Jesse James-gang rob bank in Richmond MO (2 die, $4,000 taken)"

    • May 23, 1873 "Canada establishes the North West Mounted Police force (the ""Mounties"")"

    • May 23, 1873 Postal cards sold in San Fransisco for first time

    • May 23, 1878 Attorney John Henry Smyth named minister to Liberia

    • May 23, 1882 "6"" of snow falls in eastern Iowa"

    • May 23, 1894 William Love hosts ground breaking ceremonies for Love Canal

    • May 23, 1898 The first Philippine Expeditionary Troops sail from San Fransisco

    • May 23, 1900 Associated Press News Service forms in New York

    • May 23, 1901 "US captures leader of Philippine rebels, Emilio Aguinaldo"

    • May 23, 1903 The first automobile trip across US from San Fransisco to New York

    • May 23, 1903 "The first direct primary election law in US adopted, by Wisconsin"

    • May 23, 1907 Unicameral Parliament of Finland gathered for its first plenary session.

    • May 23, 1908 "Dirigible explodes over San Fransisco Bay, 16 passengers fall, none die"

    • May 23, 1908 Part of the Great White Fleet arrives in Puget Sound WA

    • May 23, 1911 Dedication ceremony for the New York Public Library.

    • May 23, 1911 New York Public Library building at 5th Avenue dedicated by President Taft

    • May 23, 1915 World War I: Italy joins the Allies after they declare war on Austria-Hungary.

    • May 23, 1916 Heavy battles at Fort Douaumont Verdun

    • May 23, 1917 Dutch 2nd Chamber okays 1908 conscription draft

    • May 23, 1918 King Oil/Shell refinery on Cura‡ao officially opens

    • May 23, 1918 "SS Moldavia, lost off Littlehampton, Sussex. This P & O ship of 9,500 tons was requisitioned in 1915 and converted to an auxilliary cruiser and commissioned by the British Admiralty. Later she was used as a troopship after the USA joined the war and while carrying troops to France she was torpedoed. Most soldiers were rescued but 56 lost their lives."

    • May 23, 1920 Pope Benedictus XV publishes encyclical Pacem Dei

    • May 23, 1922 """Abie's Irish Rose"" first of over 2,500 performances"

    • May 23, 1922 Harry Greb gives Gene Tunney his only professional boxing defeat

    • May 23, 1922 Walt Disney incorporates his first film company Laugh-O-Gram Films

    • May 23, 1923 Launch of Belgium's SABENA airline.

    • May 23, 1923 "The first flight of Sabena: Brussel-Lympne, Great Britain"

    • May 23, 1926 Lebanese constitution is established under French mandate

    • May 23, 1928 "Bomb attack on Italians embassy in Buenos Aires, 22 die"

    • May 23, 1929 Canada's first airborne wedding takes place in a bi-plane over Regina.

    • May 23, 1929 First non-stop Winnipeg-to-Edmonton flight made in six hours and 48 minutes. (and it still takes about 6 hours for the trip)

    • May 23, 1929 "The first talking cartoon of Mickey Mouse, The Karnival Kid, was released."

    • May 23, 1931 Whipsnade Zoo opens in Whipsnade Beds England

    • May 23, 1933 "Seabiscuit, legendary American racehorse, is born"

    • May 23, 1934 "American bank robbers Bonnie and Clyde were ambushed by police and killed in Black Lake, Louisiana."

    • May 23, 1934 Bank robbers Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow are shot to death in a police ambush in Louisiana

    • May 23, 1934 "The Auto-Lite Strike culminated in the ""Battle of Toledo,"" a five-day melee between 1,300 troops of the Ohio National Guard and 6,000 picketers."

    • May 23, 1934 Wallace Carothers manufactures first nylon (polymeer 66)

    • May 23, 1937 "John D Rockefeller dies in Ormond Beach, Florida"

    • May 23, 1939 "British decoration, George Cross, first presented"

    • May 23, 1939 British parliament plans to make Palestine independent by 1949

    • May 23, 1939 Dmitri Shostakovitch appointed professor at conservatory of Leningrad

    • May 23, 1939 Hitler proclaims he wants to move into Poland

    • May 23, 1939 "Submarine Squalis sinks off Portsmouth NH, 26 die"

    • May 23, 1939 "The U.S. Navy submarine USS Squalus sinks off the coast of New Hampshire during a test dive, causing the death of 26 sailors. The remaining 32 crewmen and one passenger are rescued the following day."

    • May 23, 1940 The first great dogfight involving the British Spitfire

    • May 23, 1941 Joe Louis beats Buddy Baer on DQ in 7 for heavyweight boxing title

    • May 23, 1942 "Kanga Force moved to Wau, Papua New Guinea"

    • May 23, 1943 826 Allied bombers attack Dortmund

    • May 23, 1944 British/Canadian troops occupy Pontecorvo Italy

    • May 23, 1944 Chinese counter offensive at Hunan front

    • May 23, 1944 "During World War II, Allied forces bogged down in Anzio begin a major breakout offensive"

    • May 23, 1944 Operation-Buffalo: Allied jailbreak out Anzio-bridgehead

    • May 23, 1945 British military police arrest Admiral Karl Doenitz

    • May 23, 1945 German island of Helgoland in North Sea surrenders to British

    • May 23, 1945 Lord Haw-Haw arrested at Danish boundary

    • May 23, 1945 Nazi official Heinrich Himmler commits suicide while imprisoned in Luneburgm Germany

    • May 23, 1945 "World War II: Heinrich Himmler, the head of the SS, commits suicide while in Allied custody."

    • May 23, 1945 World War II: The Flensburg government under Reichsprsident Karl Dnitz was dissolved when its members were captured and arrested by British forces at Flensburg in Northern Germany.

    • May 23, 1947 PC Hooft prize forms for literature

    • May 23, 1948 Joe DiMaggio hits 3 consecutive homeruns

    • May 23, 1948 Ramat Rahel gateway to Jerusalem is repossessed by Israel

    • May 23, 1949 Federal Republic of [West] Germany proclaimed (Republic Day)

    • May 23, 1953 Schools first use Cliff's Notes

    • May 23, 1956 Presbyterian Church begins accepting women ministers

    • May 23, 1956 "World Trade Center dedicated in Ferry Building, San Fransisco"

    • May 23, 1958 Explorer I ceases transmission.

    • May 23, 1958 "Mao Tse Tung starts ""Great leap forward"" movement in China"

    • May 23, 1960 """Got A Girl"" by The Four Preps hits #24"

    • May 23, 1960 Israel announced capture of Nazi Adolf Eichmann in Argentina

    • May 23, 1962 OAS leader General Raoul Salan sentenced to life

    • May 23, 1962 Scott Carpenter orbits Earth 3 times in US Aurora 7

    • May 23, 1963 "NBC purchases 1963 AFL championship game TV rights for $926,000"

    • May 23, 1964 Dale Greig runs female marathon world record (3:27:45)

    • May 23, 1965 Franz Jonas elected president of Austria

    • May 23, 1965 "Pontoon ferry overturned on Shire River Malawi, kills 150"

    • May 23, 1966 "The Beatles release ""Paperback Writer"""

    • May 23, 1967 """GO Transit"" is inaugurated by the Province of Ontario between Pickering, Toronto, Oakville and Hamilton under an operating agreement with Canadian National."

    • May 23, 1967 "Egypt closes the Straits of Tiran and blockades the port of Eilat at the northern end of the Gulf of Aqaba to Israeli shipping, laying the foundations for the Six Day War."

    • May 23, 1968 AC Milan wins 8th Europe Cup II in Rotterdam

    • May 23, 1968 "Beatles open 2nd Apple Boutique at 161 New Kings Road, London"

    • May 23, 1968 "South Island, New Zealand a 7.1 quake was the strongest in 8 years in the area, and resulted in three deaths, 14 injuries, and damage estimated at about $3 million."

    • May 23, 1969 BBC orders 13 episodes of Monty Python's Flying Circus

    • May 23, 1969 Lauwerszee Dike in Holland closes

    • May 23, 1969 "The Who release the rock opera ""Tommy"""

    • May 23, 1970 "An outbreak of fire occurs in the Britannia Bridge over the Menai Straits in north Wales contributing to its partial destruction and amounting to approximately 1,000,000 worth of fire damage."

    • May 23, 1970 Grateful Dead's first perfomance outside of the US (England)

    • May 23, 1971 Rock group Iron Butterfly disbands

    • May 23, 1974 Italian Red Brigade officer Mario Sossi freed

    • May 23, 1977 Benin adopts its constitution

    • May 23, 1977 "Moluccan extremists hold 105 schoolchildren & 50 others hostage on a hijacked train in Netherlands, children released May 27, siege ends June 11"

    • May 23, 1977 "Supreme Court refuses to hear appeals of Watergate wrong doers H R Halderman, John Ehrlichman & John Mitchell"

    • May 23, 1977 "Two terrorist actions unfold in The Netherlands: Several dozen hostages are taken onboard a train, and about 100 others (mostly children) are held at a Dutch school. The train siege lasts until June 11."

    • May 23, 1978 General strike in Peru

    • May 23, 1979 Rocker Tom Petty files chapter 11 bankruptcy

    • May 23, 1979 West-Germany elects Karl Carstens president

    • May 23, 1981 Barcelona fascists take 200 people hostage

    • May 23, 1982 BBC warns Britain will bomb Argentina

    • May 23, 1982 Colin Wilson rides a surfboard 294 miles

    • May 23, 1983 Radio Moscow announcer Vladimir Danchev praises Afgh nist n Muslims standing up to Russia; he is removed from the air

    • May 23, 1984 Anderlecht wins 13th UEFA Cup at London

    • May 23, 1985 U.S. engineer Thomas Patrick Cavanagh is sentenced to life in prison for attempting to sell stealth bomber secrets to the Soviet Union.

    • May 23, 1986 US & West Europeans veto heavier sanctions against South Africa

    • May 23, 1988 "Maryland stops sale of cheap pistols on Jan 1, 1990"

    • May 23, 1989 3rd American Comedy Award: Paula Poundstone

    • May 23, 1989 An estimated one million people in Beijing (and tens of thousands in other Chinee cities) march to demand the resignation of Premier Li Peng

    • May 23, 1989 "Angela Visser, 22, of Holland, crowned 38th Miss Universe"

    • May 23, 1990 A C Milan wins 35th Europe Cup 1 at Vienna

    • May 23, 1990 Cost of rescuing savings & loan failures is put at up to $130 billion

    • May 23, 1991 Last Cubans troops leave Angola

    • May 23, 1991 US Supreme Court bars subsidized clinics from discussing abortion

    • May 23, 1994 270 pilgrims dies in bustle round Mina Saudi-Arabia

    • May 23, 1994 Funeral services are held at Arlington National Cemetary for Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

    • May 23, 1994 Pulp Fiction wins the award for best film at the 47th Cannes Film Festival

    • May 23, 1994 Roman Herzog elected President of Germany

    • May 23, 1994 "Star Trek The Next Generation, finale airs this week in syndication"

    • May 23, 1996 Fred Norris of the Howard Stern show changes his name legally to Eric

    • May 23, 1997 Mel Karmazin replaces Peter Lund as CEO of CBS TV

    • May 23, 1998 "The Good Friday Agreement is accepted in a referendum, with a high margin of three-fourth 'yes' votes to Northern Ireland."

    • May 23, 2002 "The ""55 parties"" clause of the Kyoto protocol is reached after its ratification by Iceland."

    • May 23, 2003 The euro exceeds its initial trading value as it hits $1.18 for the first time since its introduction in 1999.

    • May 23, 2004 "Part of Paris Charles De Gaulle International Airport Terminal 2E collapses, killing four people and injuring three others."

    • May 23, 2007 "Parliament of Finland celebrated its 100th anniversary plenary session, with President Tarja Halonen and veterans in attendance."

    • May 23, 2008 Jewish Holiday - Lag B'Omer - Work permitted

    • May 23, 2010 A woman loses breast after she was bitten by a brown recluse spider. 11 days in coma. - Georgia USA

    • May 23, 2010 A work-from-home company claims more mothers are choosing to be phone sex operators. The earn $10 to $30 /hr - World

    • May 23, 2010 "Mexican authorities suspend investigation into ex-presidential candidate who went missing. More than 22,700 people killed since Mexico declared war on the drug cartels in December 2006"







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