On This Day in History for May 23 (Part 2)

Events in History

Events 101 - 138 of 138

  • 1969 Lauwerszee Dike in Holland closes
  • 1970 USSR performs nuclear test (underground)
  • 1970 A fire breaks out in the Britannia Bridge over the Menai Straits in north Wales contributing to its partial destruction and causing approximately £1,000,000 worth of fire damage.
  • 1971 Rock group Iron Butterfly disbands
  • 1974 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • 1974 Italian Red Brigade officer Mario Sossi freed
  • 1977 Benin adopts its constitution
  • 1977 US Supreme Court refuses to hear appeals of Watergate wrong doers H. R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman & John Mitchell
  • 1977 Moluccan extremists hold 105 schoolchildren & 50 others hostage on a hijacked train in Neth, children released May 27, siege ends June 11
  • 1978 General strike in Peru
  • 1979 "Kids Are All Right" premieres
  • 1979 West-Germany elects Karl Carstens president
  • 1981 Barcelona fascists take 200 people hostage
  • 1981 NASA launches Intelsat V satellite, no. 501
  • 1982 Colin Wilson rides a surfboard 294 miles

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1982 Pope John Paul II declares "Peerke" Donders a saint

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 1983 Radio Moscow announcer Vladimir Danchev praises Afghanistan Muslims standing up to Russia; he is removed from the air
  • 1986 US & Western Europe veto heavier sanctions against South Africa
  • 1988 Maryland stops sale of cheap pistols on Jan 1, 1990
  • 1989 Lincoln Square in Bronx named
  • 1989 Cleve loses & drop to 21-22, this is the latest a sub .500 team is in 1st place (AL East)
  • 1990 Cost of rescuing savings & loan failures is put at up to $130 billion
  • 1990 Dow Jones avg hits a record 2,856.26
  • 1991 Last Cubans troops leave Angola
  • 1991 US Supreme Court bars subsidized clinics from discussing abortion

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1992 US President George H. W. Bush orders Coast Guard to intercept boats with Haitian refugees

41st US President George H. W. Bush
41st US President
George H. W. Bush
  • 1994 270 pilgrims die in the bustle round Mina, Saudi-Arabia
  • 1994 Roman Herzog elected President of Germany
  • 1996 Fred Norris of the Howard Stern show changes his name legally to Eric
  • 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.
  • 2003 The Euro exceeds its initial trading value as it hits $1.18 for the first time since its introduction in 1999.
  • 2004 Part of Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport's Terminal 2E collapses, killing four people and injuring three others.
  • 2008 The International Court of Justice (ICJ) awards Middle Rocks to Malaysia and Pedra Branca (Pulau Batu Puteh) to Singapore, ending a 29-year territorial dispute between the two countries.
  • 2014 Russia and China veto the U.N. Security Council resolution to establish an International Criminal Court for war crimes in Syria
  • 2016 Chinese archaeologists announce findings of earliest use of barley in China to make beer, Shaanxi province 3400-2900 BC
  • 2017 UK raises terror threat level to critical following Manchester bombing

Conference meetingMeeting of Interest

2017 US President Donald Trump meets Pope Francis at the Vatican

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump

Birthdays in History

Birthdays 101 - 101 of 101


Person of interestPerson of Interest

1974 Ken Jennings, American game show contestant, born in Edmonds, Washington

74 Time Jeopardy Champion Ken Jennings
74 Time Jeopardy Champion
Ken Jennings

Weddings in History


Divorces in History


Deaths in History