Today in History for May 23rd





May 23, 2015

On this day,

1999- Professional wrestler Owen Hart dies after falling 78 feet from a harness and cable lowering him into the ring at Kansas City’s Kemper Arena.

1998- Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland approve a U-S brokered peace accord between Northern Ireland’s Catholic and Protestant parties.

1990- Neil Bush testifies before Congress he did nothing wrong as a director of a failed savings-and-loan in Denver.

1979- Singer Tom Petty files for Chapter 11 bankrupcty protection.  Part of his financial troubles stem from a dispute with his label.

1975- Comedian “Moms” Mabley dies at the age of 78.

1971- The metal group Iron Butterfly breaks up.

1970- The Grateful Dead gives its first overseas performance in Great Britain.

1965- The Beach Boys top the charts with their hit, “Help Me Rhonda.”

1960- Israel announces the capture of former Nazi official Adolf Eichmann in Argentina.

1945- Doris Day’s collective effort with the Les Brown Orchestra, “Sentimental Journey,” tops the charts.

1934 – Police shoot and kill bank robbers Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow in Louisiana.

1915- Italy declares war on Austria Hungary in the beginning of World War One.

1900- Sergeant William Carney becomes the first black to win the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions as a member of the 54th Massachusetts Cavalry at the Battle of Fort Wagner.

1788- South Carolina become the eighth state to ratify the U-S Constitution.

1701- Captain William Kidd is convicted of piracy and murder and hanged in London.


1974- Singer Jewel
– “Jeopardy” champion, Ken Jennings

1961- Comedian-actor Drew Carey.

1954- Boxer Marvin Hagler.

1933- Actress Joan Collins.

1923- Singer Rosemary Clooney.

1912- Actor John Payne, “Miracle on 34th Street.”

1883- Actor Douglas Fairbanks, one of the three co-founders of the production company, United Artists.

1846- Arabella Mansfield, first woman admitted to the U-S legal profession.

1810- Journalist-author Margaret Fuller.

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