May 23rd Events

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May 23rd, 2004 (May 23 2004)EventPart of Paris Charles De Gaulle International Airport Terminal 2E collapses, killing four people and injuring three others.Charles de Gaulle Quotes
May 23rd, 2003 (May 23 2003)EventThe euro exceeds its initial trading value as it hits $1.18 for the first time since its introduction in 1999.
May 23rd, 2002 (May 23 2002)EventThe "55 parties" clause of the Kyoto protocol is reached after its ratification by Iceland.
May 23rd, 1998 (May 23 1998)EventThe Good Friday Agreement is accepted in a referendum in Northern Ireland with 75% voting yes.
May 23rd, 1996 (May 23 1996)Event1996 Everest Disaster : The deadliest year for climbers of Everest
May 23rd, 1995 (May 23 1995)EventOklahoma City bombing: In Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the remains of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building are imploded.
May 23rd, 1977 (May 23 1977)EventTwo terrorist actions unfold in The Netherlands: several dozen hostages are taken on board a train, and about 100 others (mostly children) are held at a school. The train siege lasts until June 11.
May 23rd, 1970 (May 23 1970)EventA fire breaks out in the Britannia Bridge over the Menai Straits in north Wales contributing to its partial destruction and causing approximately ?1,000,000 worth of fire damage.
May 23rd, 1967 (May 23 1967)EventEgypt closes the Straits of Tiran and blockades the port of Eilat at the northern end of the Gulf of Aqaba to Israeli shipping, laying the foundations for the Six Day War.
May 23rd, 1960 (May 23 1960)EventPrime Minister of Israel David Ben-Gurion announces that Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann had been captured.Adolf Eichmann Quotes
May 23rd, 1958 (May 23 1958)EventExplorer 1 ceases transmission.
May 23rd, 1951 (May 23 1951)EventTibetans are forced to sign the Seventeen Point Agreement for the Peaceful Liberation of Tibet with the People s Republic of China.
May 23rd, 1949 (May 23 1949)EventThe Federal Republic of Germany is established and the Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany is proclaimed.
May 23rd, 1945 (May 23 1945)EventWorld War II: Heinrich Himmler, the head of the SS, committs suicide while in Allied custody.Heinrich Himmler Quotes
May 23rd, 1945 (May 23 1945)EventWorld War II: The Flensburg government under Reichsprasident Karl Donitz is dissolved when its members are captured and arrested by British forces at Flensburg in Northern Germany.Karl Donitz Quotes
May 23rd, 1939 (May 23 1939)EventThe U.S. Navy submarine USS Squalus sinks off the coast of New Hampshire during a test dive, causing the death of 26 sailors. The remaining 32 crewmen and one passenger are rescued the following day.
May 23rd, 1934 (May 23 1934)EventAmerican bank robbers Bonnie and Clyde are ambushed by police and killed in Black Lake, Louisiana.
May 23rd, 1934 (May 23 1934)EventThe Auto-Lite Strike culminates in the "Battle of Toledo", a five-day melee between 1,300 troops of the Ohio National Guard and 6,000 picketers.
May 23rd, 1929 (May 23 1929)EventThe first talking cartoon of Mickey Mouse, "The Karnival Kid", is released.
May 23rd, 1923 (May 23 1923)EventLaunch of Belgium s SABENA airline.
May 23rd, 1915 (May 23 1915)EventWorld War I: Italy joins the Allies after they declare war on Austria-Hungary.
May 23rd, 1911 (May 23 1911)Eventthe New York Public Library is dedicated.
May 23rd, 1907 (May 23 1907)EventThe unicameral Parliament of Finland gathers for its first plenary session.
May 23rd, 1900 (May 23 1900)EventAmerican Civil War: Sergeant William Harvey Carney becomes the first African American to be awarded the Medal of Honor, for his heroism in the Assault on the Battery Wagner.William Harvey Quotes
May 23rd, 1873 (May 23 1873)EventThe Canadian Parliament establishes the North West Mounted Police, the forerunner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
May 23rd, 1863 (May 23 1863)EventOrganization of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Battle Creek, Michigan.
May 23rd, 1863 (May 23 1863)EventThe Siege of Port Hudson takes place.
May 23rd, 1846 (May 23 1846)EventMexican-American War: President Mariano Paredes of Mexico unofficially declares war on the United States.
May 23rd, 1844 (May 23 1844)EventDeclaration of the Bab: During the previous night, the Persian Prophet the Bab announced his revelation, founding Babism. He announced to the world the coming of "He whom God shall make manifest". He is considered the forerunner of Baha u llah, the founder of the Baha i Faith.
May 23rd, 1813 (May 23 1813)EventSouth American independence leader Simon Bolivar enters Merida, leading the invasion of Venezuela, and is proclaimed El Libertador ("The Liberator").Simon Bolivar Quotes
May 23rd, 1805 (May 23 1805)EventNapoleon Bonaparte is crowned King of Italy with the Iron Crown of Lombardy in the Cathedral of Milan.Napoleon Bonaparte Quotes
May 23rd, 1706 (May 23 1706)EventBattle of Ramillies: John Churchill, the 1st Duke of Marlborough, defeats a French army under Marshal Villeroi.
May 23rd, 1701 (May 23 1701)EventAfter being convicted of piracy and of murdering William Moore, Captain William Kidd is hanged in London.
May 23rd, 1618 (May 23 1618)EventThe Second Defenestration of Prague precipitates the Thirty Years War.
May 23rd, 1609 (May 23 1609)EventOfficial ratification of the Second Charter of Virginia takes place.
May 23rd, 1568 (May 23 1568)EventThe Netherlands declare their independence from Spain.
May 23rd, 1568 (May 23 1568)EventDutch rebels led by Louis of Nassau, brother of William I of Orange, defeat Jean de Ligne, Duke of Aremberg and his loyalist troops in the Battle of Heiligerlee, opening the Eighty Years War.Ang Lee Quotes
May 23rd, 1533 (May 23 1533)EventThe marriage of King Henry VIII to Catherine of Aragon is declared null and void.
May 23rd, 1498 (May 23 1498)EventGirolamo Savonarola is burned at the stake in Florence, Italy, on the orders of Pope Alexander VI.Alexander Pope Quotes
May 23rd, 1430 (May 23 1430)EventSiege of Compiegne: Joan of Arc is captured by the Burgundians while leading an army to relieve Compiegne. Joan of Arc Quotes

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