May 23: Day of the Week
May 23, 2021 is the 143rd day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 222 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is Sunday.
If you are trying to learn Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Nichiyōbi.
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Here’s the May calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.
Zodiac & Birthstone
Gemini is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Emerald is the modern birthstone for this month. Sapphire is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.
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May 23 Historical Event(s)
- 1498Girolamo Savonarola is burned at the stake in Florence, Italy, on the orders of Pope Alexander VI.
- 1568Dutch 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.
- 1609Official ratification of the Second Charter of Virginia takes place.
- 1873The Canadian Parliament establishes the North-West Mounted Police, the forerunner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
- 1934The Auto-Lite Strike culminates in the “Battle of Toledo”, a five-day melée between 1,300 troops of the Ohio National Guard and 6,000 picketers.
- 1948Thomas C. Wasson, US Consul-General assassinated in Jerusalem.
- 1951Tibetans sign the Seventeen Point Agreement for the Peaceful Liberation of Tibet with the People’s Republic of China.
- 1958Explorer 1 ceases transmission.
- 1967Egypt closes the Straits of Tiran and blockades the port of Eilat at the northern end of the Gulf of Aqaba to Israeli shipping.
- 2002The “55 parties” clause of the Kyoto protocol is reached after its ratification by Iceland.
Who were born on May 23?
- 1052King Philip I of France (d. 1108)
- 1707Carolus Linnaeus, Swedish botanist (d. 1778)
- 1883Douglas Fairbanks, American actor (d. 1939)
- 1908Hélène Boucher, French aviatrix (d. 1934)
- 1913Ruth Fernández, Puerto Rican singer
- 1942Gabriel Liiceanu, Romanian philosopher
- 1963Wally Dallenbach Jr., American race car driver and announcer
- 1973Jacopo Gianninoto, Italian musician
- 1984Sam Milby, Filipino-American actor and commercial model
- 1985Wim Stroetinga, Dutch racing cyclist
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