On This Day

What Happened on May 23, 2008

Historical Events

  • 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.

Famous Deaths

  • (Bruce) "Utah" Phillips, American folk singer-songwriter ("Green Rolling Hills"; "The Goodnight-Loving Trail") storyteller, poet, and labor organizer, dies of heart disease at 73
  • David Mitton, British television director (b. 1939)
2008 Highlights

About May 23, 2008

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 14 years, 1 month and 14 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Generation Z
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Gemini

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Take A Bow - Rihanna
  • UK #1 Song: That's Not My Name - Ting Tings