Saturday, February 4, 2023 (Week 05)

May 23 in History

What happened on May 23 in history?

A chronological timetable of historical events that occurred on may 23 in history. Historical facts of the day in the areas of military, politics, science, music, sports, arts, entertainment and more. Discover what happened on may 23 in history.

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1960
Israel announces the capture of Nazi Adolf Eichmann in Argentina.
1949
The Federal Republic of West Germany is proclaimed.
1945
Heinrich Himmler, the head of the Nazi Gestapo, commits suicide after being captured by Allied forces.
1934
Gangsters Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow are killed by Texas Rangers.
1915
Italy declares war on Austria-Hungary.
1900
Civil War hero Sgt. William H. Carney becomes the first African American to receive the Medal of Honor, thirty-seven years after the Battle of Fort Wagner.
1864
Union General Ulysses Grant attempts to outflank Confederate Robert E. Lee in the Battle of North Anna, Virginia.
1862
Confederate General “Stonewall” Jackson takes Front Royal, Virginia.
1861
Pro-Union and pro-Confederate forces clash in western Virginia.
1788
South Carolina becomes the eighth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
1785
Benjamin Franklin announces his invention of bifocals.
1701
Captain William Kidd, the Scottish pirate, is hanged on the banks of the Thames.
1618
The Thirty Years War begins.
1533
Henry VIII‘s marriage to Catherine of Aragon is declared null and void.
1430
Burgundians capture Joan of Arc and sell her to the English.