Today in History
What happened today in history?
Today is May 23. A chronological timetable of historical events that occurred today in history. Historical facts of the day in the areas of military, politics, science, music, sports, arts, entertainment and more. Discover what happened this day in history.
This day in History
Israel announces the capture of Nazi Adolf Eichmann in Argentina.
The Federal Republic of West Germany is proclaimed.
Heinrich Himmler, the head of the Nazi Gestapo, commits suicide after being captured by Allied forces.
Gangsters Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow are killed by Texas Rangers.
Italy declares war on Austria-Hungary.
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.
Union General Ulysses Grant attempts to outflank Confederate Robert E. Lee in the Battle of North Anna, Virginia.
Confederate General “Stonewall” Jackson takes Front Royal, Virginia.
Pro-Union and pro-Confederate forces clash in western Virginia.
South Carolina becomes the eighth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
Benjamin Franklin announces his invention of bifocals.
Captain William Kidd, the Scottish pirate, is hanged on the banks of the Thames.
The Thirty Years War begins.
Henry VIII‘s marriage to Catherine of Aragon is declared null and void.
Burgundians capture Joan of Arc and sell her to the English.