On This Day

What Happened on May 23

Important 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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May 23 in Film & TV

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


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)

Famous Divorces

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