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 French then this day of the week in French is dimanche.
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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)
- 1805Napoleon Bonaparte is crowned King of Italy with the Iron Crown of Lombardy in the Cathedral of Milan.
- 1846Mexican-American War: President Mariano Paredes of Mexico unofficially declares war on the United States.
- 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.
- 1907The unicameral Parliament of Finland gathers for its first plenary session.
- 1934American bank robbers Bonnie and Clyde are ambushed by police and killed in Black Lake, Louisiana.
- 1939The U.S. Navy submarine USS Squalus sinks off the coast of New Hampshire during a test dive, causing the death of 24 sailors and two civilian technicians. The remaining 32 sailors and one civilian naval architect are rescued the following day.
- 1945World 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.
- 1958Explorer 1 ceases transmission.
- 1998The Good Friday Agreement is accepted in a referendum in Northern Ireland with 75% voting yes.
- 2004Part of Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport’s Terminal 2E collapses, killing four people and injuring three others.
Who were born on May 23?
- 1879Elizabeth Gunn, New Zealand paediatrician (d. 1963)
- 1888Zack Wheat, American baseball player (d. 1972)
- 1919Robert Bernstein, American comic book writer (d. 1988)
- 1924Karlheinz Deschner, German researcher and writer
- 1955Luka Bloom, Irish singer/songwriter
- 1963Wally Dallenbach Jr., American race car driver and announcer
- 1972Rubens Barrichello, Brazilian racing driver
- 1975Kim Sung-soo, South Korean actor
- 1977Annabel Kosten, Dutch freestyle swimmer
- 1983Alex Shelley, American professional wrestler
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