May 23 Events in History - May 23 Birthdays - May 23 Deaths
2015 Myanmar President Thein Sein implements a population control law requiring women to wait three years between children; critics believe the law can be used to oppress women as well as minority religion and ethnic populations in the country
2014 Russian president Vladimir Putin says that he will respect the outcome of the upcoming Ukrainian elections, despite the fact that Viktor Yanukovych, the former Ukrainian president, has not had his position terminated by legal means
2014 The World Trade Organization upheld its November decision to continue banning European imports of seal products on the grounds of concern for the suffering of the hunted animals; the WTO is also reexamining its exception for indigenous hunters
2013 The Skagit River bridge over Interstate 5 collapses in the U.S. town of Mount Vernon, Washington; several vehicles plunge into the river, but there are no fatalities
2013 Sediments found in the reservoir of a major treatment plant in Montreal, Canada, lead authorities to issue a warning to boil the water before drinking it
2012 In the eleventh 'American Idol' finale, Philip Phillips is named winner of 'American Idol,' with Jessica Sanchez as the runner-up
2012 Fifteen months after President Hosni Mubarak was ousted in Egypt by a revolution, voters go to the polls for a presidential election
2011 Tornado warnings are issued for Arkansas, Oklahoma and Missouri; the Joplin, Missouri death toll rises to 126 people with 1,150 injured by the May 22 tornado
2011 Walid al-Muallem, foreign minister of Syria, denounces the European Union for the travel bans and asset freezes it has imposed on Syria
2010 Film confirms Sarah, Duchess of York's involvement in a scandal showing she asked for a $40,000 handshake in cash and for 500,000 pounds to be paid in return for access to Prince Andrew
2009 Under investigation for bribery during his Presidency, former President of South Korea, Roh Moo-hyun, commits suicide
2003 Stanley Cup Finals, New Jersey Devils beat Ottawa Senators 4 games to 3
1997 "King David," closes at New Amsterdam Theater New York City
1997 Mel Karmazin replaces Peter Lund as CEO of CBS TV
1996 Fred Norris of the Howard Stern show changes his name legally to Eric
1995 47th time opposing pitchers hit home runs, K Foster (Cubs)/M Freeman (Rocks)
1994 270 pilgrims dies in bustle round Mina Saudi-Arabia
1994 Roman Herzog elected president of Germany
1994 Star Trek The Next Generation, finale airs this week in syndication
1993 Val Skinner wins LPGA Lady Keystone Golf Open
1992 New York Yankees play in their 4th straight extra inning game
1992 President Bush orders Coast Guard to intercept boats with Haitian refugees
1991 Last Cubans troops leave Angola
1991 Phillie Tommy Greene no-hits Mont Expos, 2-0
1991 San Diego Sockers win 4th consecutive Major Soccer League championship
1991 U.S. Supreme Court bars subsidized clinics from discussing abortion
1990 A. C. Milan wins 35th Europe Cup 1 at Vienna
1990 Cost of rescuing savings and loan failures is put at up to $130 billion
1990 Dow Jones avg hits a record 2,856.26
1990 New York Yankees hit 6 home runs to beat Minnesota Twins 12-0
1989 3rd American Comedy Award: Paula Poundstone
1989 Angela Visser, 22, of Holland, crowned 38th Miss Universe
1989 Lincoln Square in Bronx named
1989 Cleveland loses and drop to 21-22, this is the latest a sub .500 team is in 1st place (AL East)
1988 Maryland stops sale of cheap pistols on Jan 1, 1990
1986 U.S. and West Europeans veto heavier sanctions against South Africa
1984 Anderlecht wins 13th UEFA Cup at London
1984 Detroit Tigers win AL record tying 16th straight road game
1983 Radio Moscow announcer Vladimir Danchev praises Afghanistan Muslims standing up to Russia; he is removed from the air
1982 BBC warns Britain will bomb Argentina
1982 Cathy Morse wins LPGA Chrysler-Plymouth Charity Golf Classic
1982 Colin Wilson rides a surfboard 294 miles
1982 Pope John Paul II declares "Peerke" Donders divine
1981 Barcelona fascists take 200 people hostage
1981 NASA launches Intelsat V
1980 ABC Masters Bowling Tournament won by Neil Burton
1979 "Kids Are All Right" premieres
1979 1st edition of "Wisden Cricket Monthly"
1979 Borussia Monchengladbach wins 8th UEFA Cup at Dusseldorf
1979 Rocker Tom Petty files chapter 11 bankruptcy
1979 West-Germany elects Karl Carstens president
1978 AL approves transfer of Red Sox to Jean Yawkey for $15M
1978 General strike in Peru
1977 Benin adopts its constitution
1977 Supreme Court refuses to hear appeals of Watergate wrong doers H R Halderman, John Ehrlichman and John Mitchell
1977 Moluccan extremists hold 105 schoolchildren and 50 others hostage on a hijacked train in Netherlands, children released May 27, siege ends June 11
1976 Amy Alcott wins '76 LPGA Golf Classic
1974 Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1974 Italian Red Brigade officer Mario Sossi freed
1971 Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Suzuki Golf Internationalionale
1971 Rock group Iron Butterfly disbands
1970 Grateful Dead's in England, 1st performance outside of U.S.
1970 San Diego Padres beat San Francisco Giants 17-16 in 15 innings
1970 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test (underground)
1969 BBC orders 13 episodes of Monty Python's Flying Circus
1969 Lauwerszee Dike in Holland closes
1969 Who release rock opera "Tommy"
1968 A. C. Milan wins 8th Europe Cup II in Rotterdam
1968 Beatles open 2nd Apple Boutique at 161 New Kings Road, London
1967 Government bans submarines near South Africa
1966 Beatles release "Paperback Writer"
1965 Franz Jonas elected president of Austria
1965 Mickey Wright wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open
1965 Pontoon ferry overturned on Shire River Malawi, kills 150
1964 Dale Greig runs female marathon world record (3:27:45)
1963 NBC purchases 1963 AFL championship game TV rights for $926,000
1962 Joe Pepitone 2nd Yankee to hit 2 home runs in 1 inning (Joe DiMaggio)
1962 OAS leader general Raoul Salan sentenced to life
1962 Scott Carpenter orbits Earth 3 times in U.S. Aurora 7
1960 "Finian's Rainbow" opens at 46th St. Theater New York City for 12 performances
1960 "Got A Girl" by The Four Preps hits #24
1960 Israel announces capture of Nazi Adolf Eichmann in Argentina
1960 WGTV TV channel 8 in Athens-Atlanta, Georgia (PBS) begins broadcasting
1960 WKBM TV (now WLII) channel 11 in Caguas/San Juan, Puerto Rico 1st broadcast
1960 WRCA radio changes call letters back to WNBC (New York City)
1959 "Party with Comden and Green" closes at John Golden New York City after 44 performances
1959 Presbyterian church accepts women preachers
1958 Mao Tse tung start "Great leap forward" movement in China
1956 World Trade Center dedicated in Ferry Building, San Francisco
1955 Presbyterian Church begins accepting women ministers
1953 79th Preakness: Eric Guerin aboard Native Dancer wins in 1:57.8
1953 Schools 1st use Cliff's Notes
1953 WHIZ TV channel 18 in Zanesville, OH (NBC/ABC) begins broadcasting
1951 Peter Ustinov's "Love of Four Colonels," premieres in London
1949 Federal Republic of [West] Germany proclaimed (Republic Day)
1948 Joe DiMaggio hits 3 consecutive home runs
1948 Ramat Rahel gateway to Jerusalem is repossessed by Israel
1947 PC Hooft prize forms for literature
1945 British military police arrest Admiral Karl Doenitz
1945 German island of Helgoland in North Sea surrenders to British
1945 Lord Haw-Haw arrested at Danish boundary
1945 Winston Churchill resigns as British Prime Minister
1944 British/Canadian troops occupy Pontecorvo Italy
1944 Chinese counter offensive at Hunan front
1944 Operation-Buffalo: Allied jailbreak out Anzio-bridgehead
1944 Polo Grounds host 1st New York City night game since 1941
1943 826 Allied bombers attack Dortmund
1943 In Dr. Faustus, Serenus Zeitblom begins his bio of Adrian Leverkuhn
1943 Thomas Mann begins writing his novel Dr. Faustus
1941 Joe Louis beats Buddy Baer on DQ in 7 for heavyweight boxing title
1941 Rudolf Harbig runs world record 1k (2:21.5)
1940 1st great dogfight between Spitfires
1939 British decoration, George Cross, 1st presented
1939 British parliament plans to make Palestine independent by 1949
1939 Dmitri Shostakovich appointed professor at conservatory of Leningrad
1939 Hitler proclaims he wants to move into Poland
1939 Submarine Squalis sank off Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 26 die
1935 1st scheduled night game, postponed due to rain (Cincinnati)
1934 Wallace Carothers manufactures 1st nylon (polymeer 66)
1931 Whipsnade Zoo opens in Whipsnade Beds England
1928 Bomb attack on Italians embassy in Buenos Aires, 22 die
1926 Hack Wilson is 1st to hit a home run off Wrigley Field scoreboard
1926 Lebanese constitution forms under French mandate
1923 1st flight of Sabena: Brussel-Lympne, Great Britain
1922 "Abie's Irish Rose" 1st of over 2,500 performances
1922 Harry Greb gave Gene Tunney his only professional boxing defeat
1922 Walt Disney incorporates his 1st film company Laugh-O-Gram Films
1921 "Shuffle Along" 1st black musical comedy, opens in New York City
1920 Pope Benedictus XV publishes encyclical Pacem Dei
1918 King Oil/Shell refinery on Curacao officially opens
1917 Dutch 2nd Chamber okays 1908 conscription draft
1916 Heavy battles at Fort Douaumont Verdun
1915 Italy declares war on Austria-Hungary and Germany during WW I
1911 New York Public Library building at 5th Avenue dedicated by President Taft
1908 Dirigible explodes over San Francisco Bay, 16 passengers fall, none die
1908 Part of Great White Fleet arrives in Puget Sound, Washington
1903 1st automobile trip across U.S. from San Francisco to New York, ended April 1
1903 1st direct primary election law in U.S. adopted, by Wisconsin
1901 35th Belmont: H Spencer aboard Commando wins in 2:21
1901 Indians score 9 runs after 2 outs in 9th to beat Senators 14-13
1901 Ottawa Mint Act receives Royal Assent
1901 U.S. captures leader of Philippine rebels, Emilio Aguinaldo
1900 Associated Press News Service forms in New York
1898 1st Philippine Expeditionary Troops sail from San Francisco
1894 William Love hosts ground breaking ceremonies for Love Canal
1887 1st transcontinental train arrives in Vancouver, BC
1884 12th Preakness: S Fisher aboard Knight of Ellerslie wins in 2:39
1883 9th Kentucky Derby: William Donohue aboard Leonatus wins in 2:43
1883 Baseball game between one-armed and one-legged players
1882 6" of snow falls in eastern Iowa
1878 Atty John Henry Smyth named minister to Liberia
1876 1st NL no-hitter (Joe Borden, Boston)
1873 1st Preakness: G Barbee aboard Survivor wins in 2:43
1873 Canada's North West Mounted Police Force (RCMPF) forms
1873 Postal cards sold in San Francisco for 1st time
1867 Jesse James-gang rob bank in Richmond Missouri (2 die, $4,000 taken)
1865 Flag flown at full staff over White House, 1st time since Lincoln shot
1865 Grand Review begins in Washington D.C.
1864 Battle of Dallas, Georgia
1864 Battle of North Anna, Va, 1st of 3 days of fighting
1862 Battle at Front Royal, Virginia
1862 Valley Campaign-Stonewall Jackson takes Ft. Royal, Virginia
1861 3 fleeing slaves enter Fort Monroe Virginia
1861 Virginia citizens vote 3 to 1 in favor of secession
1853 Buenos Aires gains independence from Argentina (reunited 1859)
1844 Declaration of Bab (Baha'i festival) ('Azamat 7, 1)
1788 South Carolina becomes 8th state to ratify U.S. constitution
1785 Benjamin Franklin announces his invention of bifocals
1774 Chestertown tea party occurs (tea dumped into Chester River)
1750 Carlo Goldoni's "Il Bugiardo," premieres in Mantua
1706 Battle of Ramillies-Marlborough defeats French; 17,000 killed
1667 King Afonso VI of Portugal flees
1660 King Charles II returns from exile sails from Scheveningen to England
1647 Willem II sworn in as viceroy of Holland
1644 Johan Mauritius van Nassau resigns as head of Civil rights activists
1618 2nd Defenestration of Prague; beginning of 30 Years War
1618 Imperial civil servants thrown out a window of Prague Castle
1611 Matthias von Habsburg chosen king of Bohemia
1576 Tycho Brahe given Hveen Island to build Uraniborg Observatory
1568 Battle at Heiligerlee: Dutch rebels beat Spanish, 100s killed
1555 Giampietro Caraffa elected Pope Paul IV
1544 German emperor Charles V recognizes king Christian III of Denmark
1536 Pope Paul III installs Portugese inquisition
1533 King Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon marriage declared null and void
1493 King Charles VIII and Maximilian I of Austria signs Peace of Senlis
1430 Joan of Arc is captured at Compiegne and sold to the British
1421 Jews of Austria imprisoned and expelled
1420 Jews of Syria and Austria expelled
1275 King Edward I of England orders cessation of persecution of French Jews
1059 Henri I crowns his son compassionate King Philip I of France