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.