Saturday 23 May 2015, 14:20:04
23 May 1430
: Joan of Arc is captured by the Burgundians and later handed over to the English.
23 May 1526
: A transit of Venus across the sun goes by unnoticed, the last time nobody paid attention|nat.
23 May 1533
: Thomas Cranmer, the recently appointed archbishop of Canterbury, sitting in judgment at a special court convened at Dunstable Priory, declares the marriage of king Henry VIII to Catherine of Aragon illegal as she was first his brother's wife.
23 May 1618
: Catholic Bohemian councillors Slavata and Martinitz are thrown out of a window at Prague Castle by Hussite Protestant activists in the Second Defenestration of Prague, leading up to the Thirty Years' War.
23 May 1707
: Carolus Linnaeus, Swedish botanist and zoologist, is born as Carl Linnæus in Råshult, a village just north of Älmhult.
23 May 1568
: The Netherlands declare themselves independent from Spain, setting off the Eighty Years' War.
23 May 1829
: The accordion is patented by Armenian Cyrill Demian in Vienna.
23 May 1937
: John D. Rockefeller, founder of the Standard Oil Company and a dynasty of Rockefellers, dies in his home in Ormond Beach, Florida at age 97 and the richest person in history.
23 May 1951
: The Seventeen Point Agreement for the Peaceful Liberation of Tibet is signed in Beijing.
23 May 1906
: Henrik Ibsen, Norwegian playwright, considered a founding father of the modern theater, dies in Christiania (Oslo) at age 78.
23 May 1960
: At 14:11 local time a 9.5 earthquake hits Valdivia in Chile, the largest quake ever recorded, killing an estimated 3000 to 6000 people|nat.
23 May 1980
: Stanley Kubrick's horror movie “The Shining”
after the 1977 novel of the same title by Stephen King is released.
23 May 1995
: The Java computer programming language is released.