May 23: Fun Facts about Today in History

Today in History

On May 23, learn about the most interesting events and historical facts that occurred throughout history. The Gregorian calendar’s 143rd day is May 23rd. The Good Friday Agreement brought an end to the Troubles in Northern Ireland; Heinrich Himmler, the head of the Schutzstaffel, committed suicide while in the custody of the Allies; and famed bank robbers Bonnie and Clyde were ambushed by police in Louisiana.

Gemini is the zodiac sign for May 23. Joan Collins and “Marvelous” Marvin Hagler are two famous May 23rd birthdays. It’s National Taffy Day today.


(May 23, 1915)
Italy declared war on Austria-Hungary, siding with the Allies in World War I.


(May 23, 1934)
The renowned American bandits Bonnie and Clyde were killed in a police shootout near Gibsland, Louisiana.

(May 23, 1951)
On this day in 1951, China formally annexed Tibet as an independent territory, sparking a Tibetan independence struggle led by the Dalai Lama, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, that lasted into the early twenty-first century.

(May 23, 1992)
The Corleonesi clan kills Italy's most notable anti-mafia judge Giovanni Falcone, his wife, and three bodyguards with a half-ton bomb near Capaci, Sicily. Paolo Borsellino, a friend and colleague, is assassinated less than two months later, making 1992 a watershed moment in the history of Italian Mafia cases.

(May 23, 1995)
The Java programming language is released in its first edition.

(Died on May 23, 2021)
Eric Carle, American children's book designer, illustrator, and writer best known for The Very Hungry Caterpillar (b. 1929).

Written by James

James has always been intrigued by dinosaurs, the universe, technology, and animals. With a Bachelor of Computer Science and years of writing expertise, he joined World Amazing Facts in 2021 as a staff writer.

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