What Happened on May 23

Significant Events

  • 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")
  • 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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Did You Know?

Canada's North West Mounted Police Force forms (it didn't get the "Royal" until 1904)

On May 23, 1873

Famous Weddings

  • 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
  • 1970 US Secretary of State John Kerry (26) weds heiress Julia Stimson Thorne (25)
  • 1992 "Once and Again" actress Sela Ward (35) weds actor Howard Sherman (42)
  • 1992 Actress Anjelica Huston (40) weds sculptor Robert Graham (54)

Famous Divorces

  • 1533 King Henry VIII & 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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