23 MAY
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Carl Linnaeus, 1707
  • Franz Anton Mesmer, 1734
  • Douglas Fairbanks, 1882
  • Scatman Crothers, 1910
  • Artie Shaw, 1910
  • Rosemary Clooney, 1928
  • Barbara Barrie, 1931
  • Joan Collins, 1933
  • Seabiscuit (race horse), 1934
  • Robert A. Moog, 1934
  • Larry Belling, 1939
  • John Newcombe, 1944
  • Anatoliy Karpov, 1951
  • Marvelous Marvin Hagler, 1952
  • Michel Roux, 1960

Died On This Day:

  • Girolamo Savonarola burned, 1498
  • Captain Kidd hanged, 1701
  • Kit Carson, 1868
  • Bonnie and Clyde (Parker/Barrow), 1934
  • John D. Rockefeller, 1937
  • Heinrich Himmler suicide, 1945
  • Moms Mabley, 1975
  • Sterling Hayden, 1986
  • Harold Wilson, 1995
  • Sam Snead, 2002
  • Sen. Lloyd Bentsen, 2006
  • Roger Moore, 2017

Today's Events:

  • 1430 - Joan of Arc captured by Burgundians who would sell her to the English.
  • 1431 - Joan of Arc's trial ends on 12 charges of sorcery, wantonness and blasphemous pride. Guilty as charged!
  • 1533 - Archbishop of Canterbury declares Henry VIII marriage to Catherine void, but he's already married to Anne Boleyn.
  • 1618 - 2nd Defenestration of Prague precipitates 30 Years War; 3 thrown from window of Hradcany Castle.
  • 1785 - Benjamin Franklin invents bifocals.
  • 1788 - South Carolina admitted to Union
  • 1827 - America's first nursery school opens in New York.
  • 1873 - Canada establishes the Mounties (Northwest Mounted Police).
  • 1903 - Paris and Rome linked by telephone for the first time.
  • 1915 - Italy declares war against Austria/Hungary abandoning WW1 neutrality.
  • 1927 - After his triumphant solo flight across Atlantic, Charles Lindbergh awarded French Legion of Honor.
  • 1934 - Bank robbers Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow shot in police ambush in Ford Deluxe in Bienville Parish, LA.
  • 1935 - Young track athlete Jesse Owens of Ohio State University breaks five world records and ties a sixth.
  • 1987 - Soviets announce they are giving up commercial whaling and sending fleet home.
  • 2015 - Ireland becomes the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Euphrosyne of Polotsk
  • Ivo of Chartres
  • William of Rochester
  • Desiderius

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • VESAK (Commemoration of birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha) celebrated Southeast Asia.
  • MOTHER'S DAY (U.S.), second Sunday in May
  • FESTIVAL OF JOAN OF ARC in France, second Sunday in May
  • MEMORIAL DAY (U.S.), Last Monday in May
  • PROCESSION OF THE HOLY BLOOD in Belgium on first Monday after May 2.
  • TANO FESTIVAL (Korea) on 5th day of 5th lunar month.
  • TUAN WU CHIEH or Dragon Boat Festival (China) 5th day of 5th lunar month.
  • ASCENSION DAY (Christian) 40th day after Easter.
  • PENTACOST (Christian) or Whitsunday (Anglican) 50 days after Easter.
  • TRINITY SUNDAY (Christian), Sunday after Pentecost.
  • CORPUS CHRISTI (Christian), Thursday after Trinity Sunday.
  • I'D AL-HAJJ, Muslim Festival
  • ARANYA SHASHTI, Hindu Festival honoring god of the forest
  • BUDDHA PURNIMA, Hindu Festival, celebrated early May
  • GANGA DASSHERA, Hindu Festival, celebrated end of May
  • ARMED FORCES DAY in US - third Saturday in May
  • NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER in US - first Thursday in May
  • NATIONAL DEFENSE TRANSPORTATION DAY - third Friday in May in US
  • NATIONAL TEACHER'S DAY - Tuesday in the first full week in May in US
  • VICTORIA DAY - first Monday before May 25, celebrating Queen Victoria's birthday in Canada
  • WESAK FESTIVAL celebrated in the eastern hemisphere at the Taurus full moon, beginning of May
  • GOODWILL FESTIVAL celebrated at the Gemini full moon, end of May

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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