What Happened on May 23

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Historical Events

1894 – William Love hosts groundbreaking ceremonies for Love Canal
1926 – Chicago Cub’s Hack Wilson is 1st to hit a home run off Wrigley Field scoreboard
1962 – OAS leader general Raoul Salan sentenced to life
1991 – San Diego Sockers win 4th consecutive Major Soccer League championship
1997 – “King David” closes at New Amsterdam Theater NYC
2018 – Hamburg, Germany, becomes the first city to ban diesel cars on some roads

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Famous Birthdays

1710 – François Gaspard Adam, French sculptor (garden sculptures), born in Nancy, France (d. 1761)
1756 – Nicolas-Joseph Hüllmandel, Alsatian composer, born in Strasbourg, France (d. 1823)
1906 – Hellmuth Christian Wolff, German composer, teacher, musicologist and painter, born in Zürich, Switzerland (d. 1988)
1910 – Hugh Casson, English architect (Festival of Britain director, President of the Royal Academy), born in London, England (d. 1999)
1928 – Jeannie Carson [Shufflebottom], British-born comedian, actress, singer and dancer (As Long as They’re Happy; An Alligator Named Daisy), born in Yorkshire, England
1980 – Chrisl Gethard, American comedian, writer, talk show host and podcaster (Beautiful Stories From Anonymous People), born in West Orange, New Jersey

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Famous Deaths

1423 – Benedict XIII [Pedro the Luna], Spanish Pope (1394-1423), dies
1648 – Luis de Nain, painter, dies
1701 – William Kidd, Scottish pirate legend, hanged at London’s Execution Dock at about 56
1941 – Slavko Osterc, Slovenian composer (Iz Satanovega Dnevnika (From Satan’s Diary); Illusions), and pedagogue, dies at 45
1996 – Patrick Cargill, British actor (Help!, No Wreath for the General, Hammerhead), dies of a brain tumor at 77
2008 – David Mitton, British television director (b. 1939)

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