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.
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.
- 1568Dutch 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.
- 1788South Carolina ratifies the Constitution as the 8th American state.
- 1911The New York Public Library is dedicated.
- 1915World War I: Italy joins the Allies after they declare war on Austria-Hungary.
- 1934American bank robbers Bonnie and Clyde are ambushed by police and killed in Black Lake, Louisiana.
- 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.
- 2004Part of Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport’s Terminal 2E collapses, killing four people and injuring three others.
- 2006Alaskan stratovolcano Mount Cleveland erupts.
Who were born on May 23?
- 1912Jean Françaix, French composer (d. 1997)
- 1913Ruth Fernández, Puerto Rican singer
- 1920Helen O'Connell, American singer (d. 1993)
- 1943General Norman Johnson, American singer (Chairmen of the Board) (d. 2010)
- 1943Vicky Moscholiou, Greek singer (d. 2005)
- 1965Athanasios Skourtopoulos, Greek basketball player and coach
- 1965Tom Tykwer, German film director
- 1973Mirjam Sterk, Dutch politician
- 1982Cyrill Gloor, Swiss footballer
- 1985Ross Wallace, Scottish footballer
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