On This Day

What Happened on May 23, 1941

Historical Events


Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

In his 20th World Heavyweight Boxing title defence Joe Louis knocks out Buddy Baer in round 1 at New York's Madison Square Garden

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis

Famous Birthdays

  • General Norman Johnson, American soul singer, (Chairmen of the Board - "Give Me Just a Little More Time"), and songwriter ("Patches"; "Want Ads"), born in Norfolk, Virginia (d. 2010)
  • Jackson Hill, American composer and educator (Voices of Autumn), born in Birmingham, Alabama

Famous Deaths

  • Herbert Austin, English automobile designer and builder (founder of Austin Motor Company), dies at 74
  • Slavko Osterc, Slovenian composer, dies at 45
1941 Highlights

About May 23, 1941

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 80 years, 2 months and 14 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Snake
Star Sign: Gemini