May 23: Day of the Week
May 23, 2020 was the 144th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 222 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Saturday.
If you are trying to learn French then this day of the week in French is samedi.
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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.
- 1805Napoleon Bonaparte is crowned King of Italy with the Iron Crown of Lombardy in the Cathedral of Milan.
- 1813South American independence leader Simón Bolívar enters Mérida, leading the invasion of Venezuela, and is proclaimed El Libertador (“The Liberator”).
- 1844Declaration of the Báb: a merchant of Shiraz announces that he is a Prophet and founds a religious movement that would later be brutally crushed by the Persian government. He is considered to be a forerunner of the Bahá'í Faith, and Bahá'ís celebrate the day as a holy day.
- 1911The New York Public Library is dedicated.
- 1915World War I: Italy joins the Allies after they declare war on Austria-Hungary.
- 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.
- 1990Jordan Mack was born.
- 1995Oklahoma City bombing: In Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the remains of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building are imploded.
- 1995The first version of the Java programming language is released.
Who were born on May 23?
- 1794Ignaz Moscheles, Bohemian composer and piano virtuoso (d. 1870)
- 1883Douglas Fairbanks, American actor (d. 1939)
- 1893Ulysses S. Grant IV, American geologist and paleontologist (d. 1977)
- 1910Artie Shaw, American clarinetist and bandleader (d. 2004)
- 1921James Blish, American author (d. 1975)
- 1934Robert Moog, American inventor (d. 2005)
- 1944John Newcombe, Australian tennis player
- 1964Ruth Metzler-Arnold, Swiss politician
- 1965Charlie Hayes, American baseball player
- 1967Phil Selway, English drummer (Radiohead)
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