On This Day

What Happened on May 23, 2021

Historical Events

  • 21 runners die in freezing conditions during an ultramarathon in Yellow River Stone Forest Park, Gansu Province, China
  • Belarus accused of “state-sponsored hijacking" after diverting commercial Ryanair flight to Minsk to arrest dissident journalist Roman Protasevich

PGA Championship

PGA Championship Men's Golf, Ocean Course Kiawah Island: Phil Mickelson becomes oldest major winner in history (50); wins his 6th major by 2 strokes over Brooks Koepka and Louis Oosthuizen


Famous Deaths

  • Bob Fulton, Australian rugby league five eighth (35 Tests; Manly, Warrington, Easts; RL Immortal) and coach (39 Tests Australia; Manly, Easts), dies from cancer at 73
  • Cristóbal Halffter, Spanish conductor, and composer (Yes, speak out, yes; Lazarus), dies at 91
  • Eric Carle, American illustrator, collage artist, and writer of children's books (The Very Hungry Caterpillar), dies of kidney failure at 91
  • Max Mosley, British auto racer and lawyer (President Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile [FIA] 1993-2009), dies from cancer at 81
  • Ron Hill, British athlete (Boston Marathon, 1970; Commonwealth Games marathon gold, 1970), dies at 82
2021 Highlights

About May 23, 2021

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 1 year, 1 month and 7 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Generation Alpha
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Gemini

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Good 4 U - Olivia Rodrigo
  • UK #1 Song: Body - Tion Wayne & Russ Millions