May 23rd is the 143rd day of the year (144th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 222 days remaining until the end of the year.
1555 – Giovanni Pietro Carafa became Pope Paul IV, beginning a short but tumultuous papacy, during which the Papal States suffered a serious military defeat.
1706 – War of the Spanish Succession: Led by the Duke of Marlborough, the allied forces of England, the Dutch Republic, and Denmark–Norway defeated the Franco-Spanish-Bavarian army in Ramillies, present-day Belgium.
1873 – The North-West Mounted Police, the forerunner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, was established to bring law and order to, and assert Canadian sovereignty over, the Northwest Territories.
1951 – Delegates of the 14th Dalai Lama and the government of the newly established People’s Republic of China signed the Seventeen Point Agreement for the Peaceful Liberation of Tibet, affirming Chinese sovereignty over Tibet.
2013 – An oversize load struck several support beams on the bridge carrying Interstate 5 over the Skagit River in the U.S. state of Washington, leading to its immediate collapse.
Dynasty Star Joan Collins turns 85
Politician George Osborne turns 47
Singer Jewel turns 44
Director Ryan Coogler turns 32
WWE Star Bray Wyatt turns 31