May 23

May 23 Information from the Holidays and Observances Website

 Holidays and Observances
(Alphabetical Order)

2023 Daily Holidays that fall on May 23, include:

  • Declaration of the Bab Day (Bahai Faith) 
  • International Day to End Obstetric Fistula 
  • International Turtle Day 
  • Lucky Penny Day 
  • National Taffy Day 
  • World Crohn's and Colitis Day 
  • World Turtle Day

2023 Weekly Holidays that include May 23, are:

  • Click It or Ticket Mobilization (Cover Memorial Day Weekend) - May 15 - June 4, 2023
  • Emergency Medical Services Week (EMS) - May 21-27, 2023 (Third Full Week in May)
  • Healthy and Safe Swimming Week - May 22-28, 2023 (Week before Memorial Day Mon-Sun)
  • International Heritage Breeds Week - May 21-27, 2023 (Third Week of May)
  • National Backyard Games Week - May 21-27, 2023 (Week before Memorial Day)
  • National Heritage Breeds Week - May 21-27, 2023 (Third Full Week in May)
  • National New Friends, Old Friends - May 21-27, 2023 (Third Week in May)
  • National Safe Boating Week - May 21-27, 2023 (Week Before Memorial Day)
  • National Unicycle Week - May 21-27, 2023 (Begins on Third Sunday in May)
  • Older Americans Mental Health Week - May 21-27, 2023 (Last Full Week in May) 
  • Prepare Tomorrow's Parents Month - May 14 - June 18, 2023 (Mother's Day to Father's Day)
  • World Schizophrenia Awareness Week - May 21-27, 2023

2023 Monthly Holidays that include May 23, are:

There are too many monthly holidays to include here, so please check out our May Holidays page to see all of the holidays that are celebrated the entire month of May.


  1. A page on each holiday will be coming soon and linked above.
  2. If a date is a movable holiday, that is different every year, I'll include the year as well as the date rule above. Otherwise, the holiday falls on the same date each year.

World Festivals and Events
(Date Order)

  • Cannes International Film Festival - May 16-27, 2023 in Cannes, France is the most prestigious and most publicized film festival in the World.

Astrological Sign

The Astrological Sign for May 23 is Gemini.

Birth Flower of the Month

The Birth Flower(s) for the Month for May are:

  • The Lily of the Valley - Humility, Chastity and Sweetness - signifies a return to happiness
  • Hawthorn


The Birthstone(s) for May is the Emerald which is a symbol of rebirth and is believed to grant the owner foresight, good fortune, and youth.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1052 - King Philip I of France (d. 1108)
  • 1893 - Ulysses S. Grant IV, American geologist and paleontologist (d. 1977)
  • 1928 - Rosemary Clooney, American singer and actress (d. 2002)
  • 1933 - Joan Collins, English actress, singer, and author (Dynasty)
  • 1974 - Jewel Kilcher, American singer, songwriter, guitarist, actress, and poet

Famous Deaths

  • 1868 - Kit Carson, American trapper, scout, and Indian agent (b. 1809)
  • 1934 - Clyde Barrow - American outlaw (Bonnie & Clyde) who was killed in a police ambush
  • 1937 - John D. Rockefeller, American businessman and philanthropist who founded the Standard Oil Company (b. 1839)
  • 2002 - Sam Snead, American golfer (b. 1912)
  • 2017 - Roger Moore, English Actor (James Bond Movies, The Saint) (b. 1927)

Famous Weddings and Divorces

  • 1953 - Eunice Kennedy, sister of John F. Kennedy marries activist and attorney Sargent Shriver
  • 1992 - Actress Sela Ward marries actor Howard Sherman
  • 2004 - Singer Michella Branch marries musician Teddy Landau

Quote of the Day

Recipe of the Day or a
Healthy Diet Habit Tip of the Day

The month of May is NATIONAL BARBEQUE MONTH. The Healthy Diet Habits tip of the day for May 23 is tips on Summer Cooking from Kerry of Healthy Diet Habits.

The month of May is NATIONAL BARBEQUE MONTH. The Healthy Diet Habits tip of the day for May 23 is tips on Summer Cooking from Kerry of Healthy Diet Habits.  It's not quite summer officially yet, but many of us start putting the grill to good use in Spring time depending on where we live! (link goes to Kerry's website)

This Day in History

  • 1430 - Joan of Arc is captured at Compiegne and sold to the English
  • 1568 - The Netherlands declare their independence from Spain
  • 1701 - Captain William Kidd is hanged in London after being convicted of piracy and murdering William Moore.
  • 1785 - Benjamin Franklin announces his invention of bifocals
  • 1788 - South Carolina becomes the 8th state to ratify the U.S. Constitution
  • 1844 - Declaration of Bab - Bahai festival
  • 1873 - Canada's North West Mounted Police Force forms
  • 1911 - The New York Public Library is dedicated by President Taft
  • 1934 - Bonnie and Clyde, American bank robbers are ambushed by police and killed in Black Lake, Louisiana.
  • 1939 - The U.S. Navy submarine USS Squalus sinks off the coast of New Hampshire, causing the death of 26
  • 1990 - Cost of bailing out savings & loan failures is estimated at $130 billion
  • 2013 - The Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River collapses in Mount Vernon, Washington

This Day in Music

  • 1829 - Cyrill Demian of Vienna, Austria is granted a patent for the accordion
  • 1964 - I Get Around by the Beach Boys is their #1 hit
  • 1965 - Help Me, Rhonda by the Beach Boys hits #1
  • 1966 - Paperback Writer is released by The Beatles
  • 1975 - Hey, Won't You Play Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song, by B.J. Thomas is certified gold.
  • 1970 - Grateful Dead performs outside the U.S. for the 1st time in England
  • 1979 - We Are Family by Sister Sledge is certified platinum.
  • 2006 - Dixie Chicks release their seventh album Taking the Long Way which goes on to win five Grammy Awards.

Above, is the Dixie Chicks single Taking the Long Way, from their Taking the Long Way album released on this May 23 in 2006.

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This Day in Sports

  • 1873 - The 1st Preakness is won by G. Barbee aboard Survivor in 2:43
  • 1926 - Hack Wilson is the 1st to hit a home run off the Wrigley Field scoreboard
  • 1948 - Joe DiMaggio hits 3 consecutive home runs
  • 1970 - San Diego Padres beat the San Francisco Giants 17-16 in 15 innings
  • 1982 - Colin Wilson rides a surfboard 294 miles
  • 1990 - New York Yankees beat the Minnesota Twins 12-0 with 6 home runs

Word of the Day from Wiktionary

Thagomizer (noun)

1. (anatomy) An arrangement of spikes found on the tails of various stegosaurs.

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