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Notable Historical Events for May 23rd

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

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

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

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

1965Mickey Wright wins LPGA Dallas Civitan Golf Open

1862Valley Campaign: Stonewall Jackson takes Fort Royal, Virginia

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

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

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

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

May 23rd Historical Events
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Notable Birthdays on May 23rd

1958Drew Carey, Cleveland, Ohio, American actor & comedian (Drew-Drew Carey Show)

1974Ken Jennings, American game show contestant

1911Betty Nuthall, Surbiton England, tennis player (1930 U.S. Open champion)

1707Carolus Linnaeus, Swedish botanist and the Father of Taxonomy (d. 1778)

1908John Bardeen, US, physicist (transistor, Nobel 1956, 1972)

1052King Philip I of France (d. 1108)

May 23rd Birthdays
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Notable Weddings on May 23rd

1992Actress Anjelica Huston (40) weds sculptor Robert Graham (54)

1942Comic book artist Jack Kirby (24) weds Roz Goldstein

May 23rd Weddings
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Notable Divorces on May 23rd

1533King Henry VIII & Catherine of Aragon's marriage declared null & void by authority English clergy not the Pope

1934First wife Marguerite Van Kessel divorces NFL player Curly Lambeau (36) after 14 years of marriage

May 23rd Divorces
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Notable Deaths on May 23rd

1937John D Rockefeller, American industrialist and philanthropist, dies at 97

1934Clyde Barrow, outlaw (Bonnie & Clyde), killed in police ambush

2002Sam Snead, American golfer (b. 1912)

1701William Kidd, Scottish pirate, hanged at London's Execution Dock

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