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 144 of the year and there’s 222 days left in 2024.

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 fun & interesting facts about May 23rd in history!


What memorable events happened on May 23 in history? Keep reading to find out!


Blizzard released its first shooter game, Overwatch, for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

This team-based multiplayer first-person shooter was a huge sidestep from any games previously released by Blizzard, such as Diablo, Warcraft, or Starcraft. Overwatch reused many elements from a Blizzard game dubbed “Titan”, which was canceled in 2014.


The final episode of LOST aired.

OTD in 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.


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, who accidentally dropped a burning torch. Despite the efforts of the fire brigades, the lack of sufficient water supply made it difficult to control the fire.


Twelve 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 re-entered the atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean on March 31, 1970, after more than 58,000 orbits.


Police killed Bonnie and Clyde.

OTD in 1934: Police killed Bonnie and Clyde.

After studying 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 two years.


South Carolina became the 8th state to join the United States of America.


Benjamin Franklin announced his invention of bifocal eyeglasses.

OTD in 1785: Benjamin Franklin announced his invention of bifocal 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.

Famous Births

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


James Charles



James Charles


25 years old

Born In:

New York, USA


Drew Carey



Drew Carey


66 years old

Born In:

Ohio, USA







50 years old

Born In:

Alaska, USA


Melissa McBride



Melissa McBride


59 years old

Born In:

Kentucky, USA

Famous Deaths

Unfortunately, May 23rd has also been a day where we’ve had to say some goodbyes over the years…



Roger Moore



Roger Moore



Roger Moore

Roger Moore was an English actor born on October 14, 1927. He died on this day in 2017, at age 89 in Crans-Montana, Switzerland.

Died On:

May 23, 2017 (Age 89)

Died In:

Crans-Montana, Switzerland


Below you’ll find the most popular quotes people have said on May 23rd throughout history.


In order to form an immaculate member of a flock of sheep one must, above all, be a sheep.

Special Holidays

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

May 23: World Turtle Day

World Turtle Day

World Turtle Day was founded in 2000 by American Tortoise Rescue to try and protect both turtles and tortoises around the world from environmental dangers and celebrate how awesome they are. A great way to participate today is to donate to a turtle sanctuary!

May 23: National Lucky Penny Day
United States

National Lucky Penny Day

Find a penny, pick it up, and all day long, you’ll have good luck! Today is Lucky Penny Day, and the best way to get involved is to go on a penny hunt. For an extra challenge, hunt with a friend and see who can find the most!

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Fun Fact Of The Day

In Ancient Greece, throwing an apple to a woman was a symbolic declaration of love, and to catch it was to show acceptance of that love.

Birthday & Zodiac

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.

A baby that is conceived on May 23, 2024, will likely be due around February 13, 2025.

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