Monday, May 22, 2017

May 23

  • May 23, 1430
    Joan of Arc is captured at Compiegne, France by the Burgundians, who sell her to the English
  • May 23, 1493
    King Charles VIII and Maximilian I of Austria signs Peace of Senlis, by which Duchy of Burgundy remains in French hands
  • May 23, 1498
    Girolamo Savonarola, dictator of Florence, is tortured and burned by enraged crowd in Florence at age 45
  • May 23, 1524
    Ismail I, the founder of Safavid dynasty, dies and Tahmasp I becomes king
  • May 23, 1536
    Pope Paul III installs Portuguese inquisition
  • May 23, 1568
    Dutch rebels beat Spanish at the Battle at Heiligerlee
  • May 23, 1618
    The Bohemian Revolt and Thirty Years' War begin after Second Prague Defenestration when three opponents of the Reformation are thrown through a window of Prague Castle into the moat
  • May 23, 1667
    King Afonso VI of Portugal flees
  • May 23, 1701
    New York sea captain William Kidd is hanged on the banks of the Thames after being found guilty of piracy and murder
  • May 23, 1706
    At the battle of Ramillies Duke of Marlborough defeats French and 17,000 are killed
  • May 23, 1774
    Chestertown tea party occurs when tea is dumped into Chester River
  • May 23, 1785
    Benjamin Franklin in Paris speaks of his invention of bifocals in a letter to friend and philanthropist George Whatley
  • May 23, 1844
    Persian Prophet the Báb announces his revelation, founding Bábísm and announces to the world of the coming of "He whom God shall make manifest"
  • May 23, 1853
    Buenos Aires gains independence from Argentina
  • May 23, 1871
    In France extremists burn the Tuileries Palace
  • May 23, 1915
    Italy declares war on Austria-Hungary and Germany
  • May 23, 1949
    The Federal Republic of Germany is established on the territory of the Western occupied zones, with Bonn as its capital
  • May 23, 1951
    Seventeen Point Agreement, which incorporates Tibet into People's Republic of China is signed
  • May 23, 1958
    Mao Zedong starts Great Leap Forward movement in China, an economic campaign to rapidly transform the country from an agrarian economy into a modern communist society through the process of industrialization and collectivization
  • May 23, 1960
    Israel announces capture of German Adolf Eichmann, one of the major organizers of the Holocaust, in Argentina
  • May 23, 1977
    Moluccan extremists hold 105 schoolchildren and 50 others hostage on a hijacked train in Netherlands; children released May 27, siege ends June 11
  • May 23, 1995
    At the Sun World conference in San Francisco, California, Sun Microsystems introduces the Java interactive programming language, named as Oak during development

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