- 1618 Second Defenestration of Prague: Two Catholic Lords Regent and their secretary are thrown out of a window and amazingly are not seriously injured by the 70 foot (21m) fall. Triggers the Thirty Years' War.
- 1785 Benjamin Franklin announces his invention of bifocals
- 1813 South American independence leader Simón Bolívar enters Mérida, leading the invasion of Venezuela, and is proclaimed El Libertador ("The Liberator")
- 1934 American outlaws Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow - Bonnie and Clyde, are killed by police in an ambush near Sailes, Louisiana
- 1949 Federal Republic of [West] Germany created out of the American, British and French occupation zones
- 1958 Mao Zedong starts the "Great Leap Forward" movement in China
- 1998 The Good Friday Agreement is accepted in a referendum in Northern Ireland with 75% voting yes.
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May 23 in Film & TV
- 1980 Horror film "The Shining" released directed by Stanley Kubrick, starring Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall, based on book by Stephen King
May 23 in Music
- 2000 Eminem releases 3rd studio album "The Marshall Mathers LP", is fastest ever selling studio album (Grammy - Best Rap Album, 2001)
May 23 in Sport
- 1873 1st Preakness Stakes: G. Barbee aboard Survivor wins in 2:43 at Pimlico Race Course, Baltimore, Maryland
Did You Know?
Canada's North West Mounted Police Force forms (it didn't get the "Royal" until 1904)
On May 23, 1873
Would You Believe?
Chinese archaeologists announce findings of earliest use of barley in China to make beer, Shaanxi province 3400-2900 BC
On May 23, 2016
- 1200 Louis of France (Later Louis VIII) (13) marries Blanche of Castile (12), daughter of Alfonso VIII King of Castile at Port-Mort
- 1942 Comic book artist Jack Kirby (24) weds Roz Goldstein
- 1953 John F. Kennedy's sister Eunice Kennedy (31) weds activist and attorney Sargent Shriver at Saint Patrick's Cathedral in New York City
- 1533 King Henry VIII of England & Catherine of Aragon's marriage declared null & void by authority English clergy not the Pope
- 1934 First wife Marguerite Van Kessel divorces NFL player Curly Lambeau (36) after 14 years of marriage
- 2016 Actress Amber Heard (30) files for divorce from fellow actor Johnny Depp (52)
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President Falls From GracePaul Deschanel had the makings of a fine President of France – until a series of bizarre incidents culminated in him falling out the window of a moving train.
May 23, 1920
Bonnie and Clyde KilledFBI photo of the car carrying Bonnie and Clyde after the shootout
May 23, 1934