May 23: Day of the Week
May 23, 2019 is the 143rd day of the year 2019 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 222 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week is 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.
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)
- 1430Siege of Compiègne: Joan of Arc is captured by the Burgundians while leading an army to relieve Compiègne.
- 1609Official ratification of the Second Charter of Virginia takes place.
- 1701After being convicted of piracy and of murdering William Moore, Captain William Kidd is hanged in London.
- 1706Battle of Ramillies: John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, defeats a French army under Marshal Villeroi.
- 1900American Civil War: Sergeant William Harvey Carney becomes the first African American to be awarded the Medal of Honor, for his heroism in the Assault on the Battery Wagner in 1863.
- 1911The New York Public Library is dedicated.
- 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.
- 2004Part of Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport’s Terminal 2E collapses, killing four people and injuring three others.
Who were born on May 23?
- 1820James Buchanan Eads, American engineer and inventor (d. 1887)
- 1923Walter Wolfrum, German fighter pilot (d. 2010)
- 1938Peter Preston, English journalist and author
- 1951Anatoly Karpov, Russian chess player
- 1961Karen Duffy, American actress
- 1965Manuel Sanchís Hontiyuelo, Spanish footballer
- 1966Ernst-Paul Hasselbach, Dutch TV host and producer
- 1975Kim Sung-soo, South Korean actor
- 1983Alex Shelley, American professional wrestler
- 1984Sam Milby, Filipino-American actor and commercial model
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