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Today In History - May 23

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Today in History in 1533 King Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon's marriage was declared null and void by authority of the English clergy not the Pope, in 1785 Benjamin Franklin announced his invention of the bifocals; and in 1934 outlaws Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were killed in a police ambush.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 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.
  • 1785 - Benjamin Franklin announces his invention of bifocals
  • 1813 - South American independence leader Simón Bolívar enters Mérida, leading the invasion of Venezuela, and is proclaimed El Libertador ("The Liberator")
  • 1958 - Mao Zedong starts "Great leap forward" movement in China
  • 1998 - The Good Friday Agreement is accepted in a referendum in Northern Ireland with 75%

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1707 - Carolus Linnaeus, Swedish botanist and the Father of Taxonomy (d. 1778)
  • 1908 - John Bardeen, US, physicist (transistor, Nobel 1956, 1972)
  • 1958 - Drew Carey, American actor & comedian (Drew-Drew Carey Show), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1974 - Ken Jennings, American game show contestant

Famous Weddings

  • 1942 - Comic book artist Jack Kirby (24) weds Roz Goldstein
  • 1953 - John F. Kennedy's sister Eunice Kennedy (31) weds activist and attorney Sargent Shriver at Saint Patrick's Cathedral in New York City
  • 1970 - US Secretary of State John Kerry (26) weds heiress Julia Stimson Thorne (25)
  • 1992 - "Once and Again" actress Sela Ward (35) weds actor Howard Sherman (42)
  • 1992 - Actress Anjelica Huston (40) weds sculptor Robert Graham (54)

Famous Divorces

  • 1533 - King Henry VIII & Catherine of Aragon's marriage declared null & void by authority English clergy not the Pope
  • 1934 - First wife Marguerite Van Kessel divorces NFL player Curly Lambeau (36) after 14 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • 1701 - William Kidd, Scottish pirate, hanged at London's Execution Dock
  • 1868 - Kit Carson, American trapper, scout, and Indian agent (b. 1809)
  • 1934 - Bonnie Parker, American outlaw (Bonnie & Clyde), killed in police ambush at 23
  • 1934 - Clyde Barrow, outlaw (Bonnie & Clyde), killed in police ambush
  • 1937 - John D. Rockefeller, American industrialist and philanthropist, dies at 97
  • 2002 - Sam Snead, American golfer (b. 1912)

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