This Day In History : May 23

1992 United States

Walt Disney incorporates his 1st film company Laugh-O-Gram Films

Laugh-O-gram Films was Walt Disney’s first professional animation studio, incorporated on May 23, 1922.

Also on This Day in History May 23

Discover what happened on May 23 with HISTORY's summaries of major events, anniversaries,
famous births and notable deaths.

Births on This Day, May 23
  • 1810 Margaret Fuller (1810-1850)

    American feminist writer (Woman in the Nineteenth Century) and journalist (NY Tribune)

  • 1917 Edward Norton Lorenz

    American mathematician and meteorologist

  • 1925 Joshua Lederberg

    American molecular biologist, Nobel laureate

  • 1946 H. Paul Shuch

    American scientist who coordinated radio amateurs to search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI)

  • 1950 Martin McGuinness (1950-2017)

    Irish Sinn Féin politician and IRA member

Deaths on This Day, May 23
  • 1937 John D. Rockefeller

    American businessman and philanthropist who founded the Standard Oil Company

  • 2017 Roger Moore

    English Actor (James Bond Movies, The Saint)

  • 1945 Heinrich Himmler (1900-1945)

    German Nazi leader (head of the SS)

  • 1960 Georges Claude

    French engineer and inventor (neon light)

  • 1991 Jean Van Houtte

    Belgian politician (Prime Minister of Belgium, 1952-56; Finance Minister, 1950-52 and 1958-61)


Benjamin Franklin announces his invention of bifocals

In a letter dated May 23, 1785, Benjamin Franklin reveals his design for what would later be called bifocal glasses.

Joan of Arc Captured

Joan of Arc is captured at Compiegne and sold to the English

Lebanese constitution forms under French mandate

The Lebanese Constitution was enacted on May 23, 1926, during the period of the French Mandate in Lebanon. This constitution established Lebanon as a parliamentary republic and outlined the country's governmental structure, including the roles of the president, prime minister, and parliament.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wins re-election in 2019

In the 2019 Indian general elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) secured a resounding victory, winning a majority of seats in the Lok Sabha.
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