Historical Events on May 23 (Part 2)

Appointment of Interest

2013 Patrick Roy is named head coach of the Colorado Avalanche, his former team where he won two Stanley Cups

Music Premiere

2014 "Pauline" a chamber opera by Margaret Atwood and Tobin Stokes premieres at the York Theatre in Vancouver

  • 2014 Russia and China veto the U.N. Security Council resolution to establish an International Criminal Court for war crimes in Syria
  • 2015 60th Eurovision Song Contest: Mans Zelmerlow for Sweden wins singing "Heroes" in Vienna
  • 2016 Chinese archaeologists announce findings of earliest use of barley in China to make beer, Shaanxi province 3400-2900 BC
  • 2017 Library of Al-Qarawiyyin, the world's oldest continually operating library, reopens after a major restoration by King Mohammed VI in Fez, Morocco [1]
  • 2017 UK raises terror threat level to critical following Manchester bombing
  • 2018 Hamburg, Germany, becomes the first city to ban diesel cars on some roads
  • 2018 NFL owners approve new NFL national anthem policy whereby players required to stand if they choose to be on the field for pre-game presentations
  • 2019 Brazilian cosmetics group Natura buys UK's Avon for $2 billion, creating the world's fourth-largest cosmetics company
  • 2019 Fifty children rescued from an international paedophile ring on the dark web in Thailand, Australia and the US by Interpol under Operation Blackwrist, main organizer sentenced to 146 years

Election of Interest

2019 Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wins re-election in a landslide over the opposition Congress Party, world's largest-ever democratic election with over 600 million voters

  • 2019 More than 170 tornadoes reported in a week in US states of Missouri, Oklahoma and Iowa, killing seven and causing widespread damage
  • 2019 Prototype of new high-speed train that will float above the track, capable of travelling 600km an hour (370 mph), unveiled by Chinese Railway Rolling Stock Corporation in Qingdao
  • 2019 Six migrant children have now died in US custody in eight months prompting calls for an investigation
  • 2019 The last slave ship to smuggle slaves to America from Africa, the Clotilda (sunk 1860), is found in Mobile river, Alabama
  • 2021 21 runners die in freezing conditions during an ultramarathon in Yellow River Stone Forest Park, Gansu Province, China

Billboard Music Awards

2021 28th Billboard Music Awards: The Weeknd wins 10; Pop Smoke wins 5

  • 2021 Belarus accused of “state-sponsored hijacking" after diverting commercial Ryanair flight to Minsk to arrest dissident journalist Roman Protasevich

PGA Championship

2021 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

  • 2022 New York City removes its last public payphones in Midtown Manhattan, they will become part of a museum display [1]

Event of Interest

2022 US President Joe Biden says for the first time he would be willing to use force to defend Taiwan against a Chinese invasion

  • 2022 US President Joe Biden with countries including India, South Korea and Japan, launches the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework in Tokyo, an economic alliance of Asia-Pacific nations to counter Chinese influence [1]
  • 2023 451 Illinois Catholic clergy sexually abused nearly 2,000 children over 70 years, according to state's attorney general’s office [1]
  • 2023 International Booker Prize awarded to "Time Shelter" by Bulgarian writer Georgi Gospodinov, translated by Angela Rodel is announced in London [1]