Wednesday, May 23, 2018 (Week 21)

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

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.

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  • Charles M. Thomas
    11-26-2017 at 04:30 UTC

    I COULDN'T REMEMBER THE DAY IT WAS AND I CAME UPON YOUR SITE, I LIKE IT AND GOING TO TELL ALL MY FRIENDS OLD AND YOUNG.

    ALSO LIKED "This Day in History" along with all the other information I can receive. Going to save this page and each morning it will be "REQUIRED READING".

    Sincerely,
    Chuck Thomas
    Butler, PA

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