This day in History May 23rd
- 1618 – Second Defenestration of Prague: Two Catholic Lords Regent and their secretary are thrown out of a window and amazingly are not seriously injured by the 70 foot fall. It triggers the 30 years war.
- 1785 – Benjamin Franklin announces his invention of bifocals.
- 1813 – South American independence leader Simon Bolivar enters Merida, leading the invasion of Venezuela, and is proclaimed El Libertador (The Liberator).
- 1949 – Federal Republic of West Germany created out of the American, British and French occupation zones.
- 1958 – Mao Zedong starts the “Great Leap Forward” movement in China.
- 1998 – The Goof Friday Agreement is accepted in a referendum in Northern Ireland with 75% voting yes.
Today in Film and TV
- 1980 – Horror film “The Shining” is released directed by Stanley Kubrick. Starring Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall, based on a book by Stephen King.
Today in Music
- 2000 – Eminem released 3rd studio album “The Marshall Mathers LP”, is fastest ever selling studio album (Grammy – Best Rap Album 2001).