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Sunday May 23, 2021

May 23: Day of the Week

May 23, 2021 was the 143rd day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There were 222 days remaining until the end of the year. The day of the week was Sunday.

If you are trying to learn Spanish then this day of the week in Spanish is domingo.

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

May 2021
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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.
  • 1609
    Official ratification of the Second Charter of Virginia takes place.
  • 1706
    Battle of Ramillies: John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, defeats a French army under Marshal Villeroi.
  • 1873
    The Canadian Parliament establishes the North-West Mounted Police, the forerunner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
  • 1900
    American 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.
  • 1939
    The 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.
  • 1945
    World War II: Heinrich Himmler, the head of the SS, commits suicide while in Allied custody.
  • 1949
    The Federal Republic of Germany is established and the Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany is proclaimed.
  • 2008
    The International Court of Justice (ICJ) awards Middle Rocks to Malaysia and Pedra Branca (Pulau Batu Puteh) to Singapore, ending a 29-year territorial dispute between the two countries.

Who were born on May 23?

  • 1617
    Elias Ashmole, English antiquarian (d. 1692)
  • 1824
    Ambrose Burnside, American Union Civil War general (d. 1881)
  • 1940
    Giles Gordon, Scottish literary agent (d. 2003)
  • 1946
    Frederik de Groot, Dutch actor
  • 1946
    H. Paul Shuch, American SETI scientist
  • 1956
    Albert Voorn, Dutch equestrian
  • 1959
    Bob Mortimer, English comedian
  • 1976
    Kelly Monaco, American actress
  • 1976
    Ricardinho, Brazilian footballer
  • 1982
    Cyrill Gloor, Swiss footballer

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