2021 May

May 23: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on May 23

May 23rd is also known as Lucky Penny Day and Turtle Day.

We made it to day 143 of the year and there’s 222 days left to go until we reach the new year.

People who were born on this day all share the Gemini star sign.

This day in history has changed the world in many ways. It’s a day that’s had an important role in history, in areas such as politics, television and so much more. Find out all you need to know about what happened on this day.

Did you know that on this day in 1984, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom was released in the US? The second in the film series, it was directed by Steven Spielberg.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about May 23rd in history!

What Happened On May 23 In History?

2010

The final episode of LOST aired.

It was simultaneously screened in the US, UK and six other countries. This was done to avoid spoilers, and illegal internet downloads.
1984

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, the second in the film series, directed by Steven Spielberg was released in the US.

1981

Wilfred Benítez became the youngest 3-division world champion in history at age 22 after knocking out Maurice Hope in 12 rounds.

1980

At the 33rd Cannes Film Festival, “All That Jazz” and “Kagemusha” were jointly awarded the Palme d’Or award.

1970

A fire broke out in the Britannia Bridge in North Wales.

The fire was started after some boys playing accidentally dropped a burning torch. In spite of the efforts of the fire brigades, lack of sufficient water supply made it difficult to control the fire.
1962

12 doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, performed the first successful reattachment of a human limb – it was the severed arm of a boy.

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1958

The first satellite launched by the US, the Explorer 1, stopped transmitting data.

After its batteries died, transmissions stopped, but the Explorer 1 stayed in orbit for over 12 years. It reentered the atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean on March 31 in 1970 after more than 58,000 orbits.
1934

Bonnie and Clyde were killed by police.

OTD in 1934: Bonnie and Clyde were killed by police.
After studies of the gang's movements, police set up a trap for Bonnie and Clyde which ended up being successful. The police emptied their guns on a car with the duo inside, shooting about 130 rounds.
1922

Walt Disney incorporated his first film company called Laugh-O-Gram Studio.

It went bankrupt after 2 years.
1785

Benjamin Franklin announced his invention of bifocals eyeglasses.

OTD in 1785: Benjamin Franklin announced his invention of bifocals eyeglasses.

Did you know that on this day, May 23rd 1984, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom was released in the US?