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1059Henri I crowns his son compassionate King Philip I of France

1430Joan of Arc is captured at Compiegne & sold to the English

1576Tycho Brahe given Hveen Island to build Uraniborg Observatory

1660King Charles II returns from exile sails from Scheveningen to England

1701Captain William Kidd is hanged in London after being convicted of piracy and of murdering William Moore.

1785Benjamin Franklin announces his invention of bifocals

1862Valley Campaign: Stonewall Jackson takes Fort Royal, Virginia

1867Jesse James gang robs bank in Richmond, Missouri (2 die, $4,000 taken)

1911NY Public Library building at 5th Avenue dedicated by President Taft

1922Walt Disney incorporates his 1st film company Laugh-O-Gram Films

1939Hitler proclaims he wants to move into Poland

1941Joe Louis beats Buddy Baer on DQ in 7 for heavyweight boxing title

1943Thomas Mann begins writing his novel Dr Faustus

1948Joe DiMaggio hits 3 consecutive HRs

1958Mao Zedong starts "Great leap forward" movement in China

1962Joe Pepitone 2nd Yankee to hit 2 HRs in 1 inning (Joe DiMaggio)

1965Mickey Wright wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open

1971Kathy Whitworth wins LPGA Suzuki Golf Internationalionale

1982Pope John Paul II declares "Peerke" Donders a saint

1992President Bush orders Coast Guard to intercept boats with Haitian refugees

2000Eminem releases 3rd studio album 'The Marshall Mathers LP', is fastest ever selling studio album (Grammy - Best Rap Album 2001)

2013Patrick Roy is named head coach of the Colorado Avalanche, his former team where he won two Stanley Cups

On This Day In History
Date Event
May 23, 1059
Henri I crowns his son compassionate King Philip I of France 
May 23, 1275
King Edward I of England orders cessation of persecution of French Jews 
May 23, 1420
Jews of Syria & Austria expelled 
May 23, 1421
Jews of Austria imprisoned & expelled 
May 23, 1430
Joan of Arc is captured at Compiegne & sold to the English 
May 23, 1493
King Charles VIII & Maximilian I of Austria signs Peace of Senlis 
May 23, 1536
Pope Paul III installs Portugese inquisition 
May 23, 1544
Holy Roman Emperor Charles V recognizes king Christian III of Denmark 
May 23, 1555
Giampietro Caraffa elected Pope Paul IV 
May 23, 1568
Battle of Heiligerlee, Groningen: Dutch rebels beat Spanish, thousands killed 
May 23, 1568
The Netherlands declare independence from Spain. 
May 23, 1576
Tycho Brahe given Hveen Island to build Uraniborg Observatory 
May 23, 1609
Official ratification of the Second Charter of Virginia takes place. 
May 23, 1611
Matthias von Habsburg chosen king of Bohemia 
May 23, 1618
2nd Defenestration of Prague; beginning of 30 Years War. Two Catholic Lords Regent and their secretary thrown out of window - they were not seriously injured by the 70 foot fall. 
May 23, 1644
Johan Mauritius van Nassau resigns as head of Civil rights activists 
May 23, 1647
Willem II sworn in as viceroy of Holland 
May 23, 1660
King Charles II returns from exile sails from Scheveningen to England 
May 23, 1667
King Afonso VI of Portugal flees 
May 23, 1701
Captain William Kidd is hanged in London after being convicted of piracy and of murdering William Moore. 
May 23, 1706
Battle of Ramillies: John Churchill (1st Duke of Marlborough) defeats French; 17,000 killed 
May 23, 1750
Carlo Goldoni's "Il Bugiardo" premieres in Mantua 
May 23, 1774
Chestertown tea party occurs (tea dumped into Chester River) 
May 23, 1785
Benjamin Franklin announces his invention of bifocals 
May 23, 1788
South Carolina becomes 8th state to ratify US constitution 
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