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  • Utrecht, Germany
    Saturday May 23, 1125

    Holy Roman Empire

    Salian dynasty ended

    Utrecht, Germany
    Saturday May 23, 1125

    When the Salian dynasty ended with Henry V's death in 1125, the princes chose not to elect the next of kin, but rather Lothair, the moderately powerful but already old Duke of Saxony. When he died in 1137, the princes again aimed to check royal power; accordingly they did not elect Lothair's favoured heir, his son-in-law Henry the Proud of the Welf family, but Conrad III of the Hohenstaufen family, the grandson of Emperor Henry IV and thus a nephew of Emperor Henry V. This led to over a century of strife between the two houses. Conrad ousted the Welfs from their possessions, but after his death in 1152, his nephew Frederick I "Barbarossa" succeeded him and made peace with the Welfs, restoring his cousin Henry the Lion to his – albeit diminished – possessions.




  • Taiwan
    Thursday May 23, 1895

    First Sino-Japanese War

    Declaring Taiwan To be an independent Republic of Formosa

    Taiwan
    Thursday May 23, 1895

    Several Qing officials in Taiwan resolved to resist the cession of Taiwan to Japan under the Treaty of Shimonoseki, and on 23 May declared the island to be an independent Republic of Formosa.




  • Dayton, Ohio, U.S.
    Monday May 23, 1904

    The Wright brothers

    First Flight attempt (Flyer)

    Dayton, Ohio, U.S.
    Monday May 23, 1904

    In 1904 the Wrights built the Flyer II. They decided to avoid the expense of travel and bringing supplies to the Outer Banks and set up an airfield at Huffman Prairie, a cow pasture eight miles (13 km) northeast of Dayton. They received permission to use the field rent-free from owner and bank president Torrance Huffman. They invited reporters to their first flight attempt of the year on May 23, on the condition that no photographs be taken.




  • Palestine
    Tuesday May 23, 1939

    David Ben-Gurion

    The British 1939 White paper

    Palestine
    Tuesday May 23, 1939

    The British 1939 White paper stipulated that Jewish immigration to Palestine was to be limited to 15,000 a year for the first five years, and would subsequently be contingent on Arab consent.




  • Changchun, Jilin, China
    Sunday May 23, 1948

    Mao Zedong

    Siege of Changchun

    Changchun, Jilin, China
    Sunday May 23, 1948

    In 1948, under direct orders from Mao, the People's Liberation Army starved out the Kuomintang forces occupying the city of Changchun. At least 160,000 civilians are believed to have perished during the siege, which lasted until October. PLA lieutenant colonel Zhang Zhenglu, who documented the siege in his book White Snow, Red Blood, compared it to Hiroshima: "The casualties were about the same. Hiroshima took nine seconds; Changchun took five months."




  • Khorramshahr, Khuzestan Province, Iran
    Sunday May 23, 1982

    Iran–Iraq War

    The Liberation of Khorramshahr

    Khorramshahr, Khuzestan Province, Iran
    Sunday May 23, 1982

    The Iranians hit the Iraqis with destructive air strikes and massive artillery barrages, crossed the Karun River, captured bridgeheads, and launched human wave attacks towards the city. Saddam's defensive barricade collapsed; in less than 48 hours of fighting, the city fell and 19,000 Iraqis surrendered to the Iranians.




  • U.S.
    Tuesday May 23, 1995

    Java (programming language)

    Originally Developed

    U.S.
    Tuesday May 23, 1995

    On 23 May 1995, Java was originally developed by James Gosling at Sun Microsystems and released as a core component of Sun Microsystems' Java platform.


  • California, U.S.
    Tuesday May 23, 2000

    Eminem

    The Marshall Mathers LP

    California, U.S.
    Tuesday May 23, 2000

    The Marshall Mathers LP was released in May 2000. It sold 1.76 million copies in its first week, breaking US records held by Snoop Dogg's Doggystyle for fastest-selling hip hop album and Britney Spears' ...Baby One More Time for fastest-selling solo album.


  • Kyoto, Japan
    Thursday May 23, 2002

    Nintendo

    Yamauchi Retirment

    Kyoto, Japan
    Thursday May 23, 2002

    When Yamauchi, company president since 1949, retired on 24 May 2002, Satoru Iwata became the first Nintendo president who was unrelated to the Yamauchi family through blood or marriage since its founding in 1889.


  • Geneva, Switzerland
    Friday May 23, 2003

    SARS Coronavirus (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome)

    WHO lifted tourism warning from Hong Kong

    Geneva, Switzerland
    Friday May 23, 2003

    On May 23, after a recount of the number of SARS patients, the WHO lifted the Tourism Warning from Hong Kong and Guangdong.


  • Athens, Greece
    Wednesday May 23, 2007

    Kaká

    Won the Champions League

    Athens, Greece
    Wednesday May 23, 2007

    Kaká won the Champions League title when Milan defeated Liverpool 2–1 on 23 May 2007, avenging the previous loss on penalties two years before.


  • California, U.S.
    Thursday May 23, 2013

    Murder of Gabriel Fernandez

    Pearl Fernandez and Isauro Aguirre were arrested

    California, U.S.
    Thursday May 23, 2013

    On May 23, 2013, Pearl Fernandez and Isauro Aguirre were arrested; Fernandez was arrested for felony child endangerment while Aguirre was arrested for attempted murder.


  • Monroe Township, New Jersey, U.S.
    Saturday May 23, 2015

    John Forbes Nash Jr.: A Beautiful Mind

    Death

    Monroe Township, New Jersey, U.S.
    Saturday May 23, 2015

    On May 23, 2015, Nash and his wife died in a car accident on the New Jersey Turnpike near Monroe Township, New Jersey. They had been on their way home from the airport after a visit to Norway, where Nash had received the Abel Prize, when their taxicab driver, Tark Girgis, lost control of the vehicle and struck a guardrail. Both passengers were ejected from the car upon impact. State police revealed that it appeared neither passenger was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. At the time of his death, the 86-year-old Nash was a longtime resident of West Windsor Township, New Jersey. He is survived by his two sons, John Charles Martin Nash who lived with his parents at the time of their death, and the older, John Stier.


  • U.S.
    Monday May 23, 2016

    Chumlee

    Chumlee was charged with 20 felony counts

    U.S.
    Monday May 23, 2016

    On May 23, 2016, Chumlee was charged with 20 felony counts, including drug and weapons charges. David Chesnoff, Russell's lawyer, confirmed that the reality TV star pled guilty to a felony weapons charge (unlawful possession of a firearm) and a gross misdemeanor of attempted drug possession in a deal which calls for three years of probation and counseling.


  • New York City, New York, U.S.
    Monday May 23, 2016

    Bank of America

    Intentional breach of contract

    New York City, New York, U.S.
    Monday May 23, 2016

    On May 23, 2016, the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the finding of fact by the jury that low-quality mortgages were supplied by Countrywide to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in the "Hustle" case supported only "intentional breach of contract", not a fraud. The action, for civil fraud, relied on provisions of the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act. The decision turned on lack of intent to defraud at the time the contract to supply mortgages was made.


  • Minato, Tokyo, Japan
    Thursday May 23, 2019

    Huawei

    Toshiba briefly Suspended All Shipments To Huawei

    Minato, Tokyo, Japan
    Thursday May 23, 2019

    On 23 May 2019, Toshiba briefly suspended all shipments to Huawei, as a temporary measure while Toshiba determines whether or not U.S. made components or technologies are being sold.


  • Geneva, Switzerland
    Saturday May 23, 2020

    Covid-19 Pandemic: 2020 Coronavirus outbreak

    Over 5 Million Cases Around The World

    Geneva, Switzerland
    Saturday May 23, 2020

    On 23 May 2020, the WHO announced that the infection number has reached 5 million with 5,103,006 cases and the death tally was 333,401.


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