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Thursday May 23, 2019

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 Japanese then this day of the week in Japanese is Mokuyōbi.

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

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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)

  • 1568
    The Netherlands declare their independence from Spain.
  • 1701
    After being convicted of piracy and of murdering William Moore, Captain William Kidd is hanged in London.
  • 1813
    South American independence leader Simón Bolívar enters Mérida, leading the invasion of Venezuela, and is proclaimed El Libertador (“The Liberator”).
  • 1846
    Mexican-American War: President Mariano Paredes of Mexico unofficially declares war on the United States.
  • 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.
  • 1907
    The unicameral Parliament of Finland gathers for its first plenary session.
  • 1934
    American bank robbers Bonnie and Clyde are ambushed by police and killed in Black Lake, Louisiana.
  • 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.
  • 1995
    Oklahoma City bombing: In Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the remains of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building are imploded.
  • 2006
    Alaskan stratovolcano Mount Cleveland erupts.

Who were born on May 23?

  • 1911
    Paul Mayer, German Roman Catholic Cardinal (d. 2010)
  • 1920
    Helen O'Connell, American singer (d. 1993)
  • 1923
    Walter Wolfrum, German fighter pilot (d. 2010)
  • 1942
    K. Raghavendra Rao, Indian film director
  • 1947
    Bernard Comrie, English linguist
  • 1952
    Anne-Marie David, French singer
  • 1961
    Karen Duffy, American actress
  • 1963
    Wally Dallenbach Jr., American race car driver and announcer
  • 1965
    Charlie Hayes, American baseball player
  • 1977
    Ilia Kulik, Russian figure skater

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