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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.

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 Events Happened On May 23 In History?


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.

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


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


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


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.

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.


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.

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.

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

It went bankrupt after 2 years.

Benjamin Franklin announced his invention of bifocals eyeglasses.

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

Henry VIII declared his marriage to Catherine of Aragon officially null and void, despite Pope Clement VII’s refusal to allow it.


Joan of Arc was captured by the Burgundian Faction at the siege of Compiègne.

May 23 Birthday Facts, Zodiac & Birthstone

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

The Gemini is alarmingly adaptable to a wide range of social situations. Whenever there is a Gemini in the room, they will be very confident with everyone around them.

If you were born in May, your birthstone is the emerald. Did you know that Columbia is the largest supplier of Emeralds and is responsible for more than 60% of the world’s production?

If you were born on May 23, your estimated date of conception would be August 30 in the previous year.

Is today is your birthday? If so, you share this special day with Melissa McBride! Check out more famous people born on this day below.

Famous People Born On May 23



American Singer
Birthday: May 23, 1974
Age: 47 years old
Born In: Alaska, USA
Melissa McBride

Melissa McBride

American Actress
Birthday: May 23, 1965
Age: 56 years old
Born In: Kentucky, USA

Special Holidays On May 23rd

If you’ve got a few minutes spare today, why not celebrate these special holidays.

May 23: National Lucky Penny Day

National Lucky Penny Day

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