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Thursday May 23, 2019

May 23: Day of the Week

May 23, 2019 was the 143rd day of the year 2019 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 222 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Thursday.

If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is jeudi.

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Here’s the May calendar. You can also browse the full year monthly calendar.

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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)

  • 1498
    Girolamo Savonarola is burned at the stake in Florence, Italy, on the orders of Pope Alexander VI.
  • 1568
    Dutch 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.
  • 1788
    South Carolina ratifies the Constitution as the 8th American state.
  • 1911
    The New York Public Library is dedicated.
  • 1915
    World War I: Italy joins the Allies after they declare war on Austria-Hungary.
  • 1934
    American bank robbers Bonnie and Clyde are ambushed by police and killed in Black Lake, Louisiana.
  • 1945
    World War II: The Flensburg government under Reichspräsident Karl Dönitz is dissolved when its members are captured and arrested by British forces at Flensburg in Northern Germany.
  • 1958
    Explorer 1 ceases transmission.
  • 2004
    Part of Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport’s Terminal 2E collapses, killing four people and injuring three others.
  • 2006
    Alaskan stratovolcano Mount Cleveland erupts.

Who were born on May 23?

  • 1912
    Jean Françaix, French composer (d. 1997)
  • 1913
    Ruth Fernández, Puerto Rican singer
  • 1920
    Helen O'Connell, American singer (d. 1993)
  • 1943
    General Norman Johnson, American singer (Chairmen of the Board) (d. 2010)
  • 1943
    Vicky Moscholiou, Greek singer (d. 2005)
  • 1965
    Athanasios Skourtopoulos, Greek basketball player and coach
  • 1965
    Tom Tykwer, German film director
  • 1973
    Mirjam Sterk, Dutch politician
  • 1982
    Cyrill Gloor, Swiss footballer
  • 1985
    Ross Wallace, Scottish footballer

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