May 23 holidays in 2025

Holiday name Holiday location Holiday type
International Day to End Obstetric Fistula - International (Health & Body, United Nations)
Labor Day / May Day Jamaica Public Holiday
Constitution Day Germany Observance
World Turtle Day - Unofficial (Animals)
National Lucky Penny Day - Unofficial (Fun & Joy)
National Taffy Day - Unofficial (Food & Drinks)
National Don’t Fry Day - Unofficial (Awareness & Cause, Health & Body)
Vlach’s National Day (for Vlach community) North Macedonia Optional Holiday

Historical Events on May 23

  • 1533: The marriage between King Henry VIII of England and Catherine of Aragon is annulled.
  • 1568: The 80 Years War starts with the Duke of Arenberg – Jean de Ligne – being defeated by Dutch rebels led by Louis of Nassau at the Battle of Heiligerlee.
  • 1609: The Second Virginia Charter is officially ratified.
  • 1701: Captain William Kidd is hanged in London, England on this day. He had been charged with murdering William Moore and of committing piracy.
  • 1788: South Carolina becomes the 8th American State to ratify the U.S Constitution.
  • 1846: Mexican President Mariano Paredes declares war on the U.S.
  • 1873: The NW Mounted Police is founded by the Canadian Parliament. This police force would eventually become the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
  • 1900: For his gallantry in saving the regimental colors during the Battle of Fort Wagner in 1863, Sergeant William Harvey Carney – now 60-years old – is awarded the Medal of Honor.
  • 1915: Italy fulfills it part of the Treaty Of London by joining the Allies during World War I.
  • 1934: In the Bienville Parish in Louisiana, bank robbers Bonnie & Clyde are ambushed and killed by police in their car.
  • 1995: The first JAVA programming language version is released to the public.
  • 1998: The Good Friday Agreement is accepted in Northern Island with 3/4th of those voting, voting yes.
  • 2013: In Mount Vernon in Washington, The Internet 5 Bridge collapses over the Skagit River.
  • 2014: 7 people are killed and 14 others are injured during a killing spree near the University of California in Santa Barbara.
  • 2015: Floods in Oklahoma and Texas kill almost 50 people on this day.
  • 2016: Almost 50 people are killed by 2 suicide bombings in Aden, Yemen.

Famous Birthdays on May 23

  • American actor, director and screenwriter, Douglas Fairbanks is born in 1883.
  • Swedish novelist, poet, playwright and Nobel Prize laureate, Pär Lagerkvist is born in 1891.
  • American physicist, engineer and Nobel Prize laureate, John Bardeen is born in 1908.
  • American actress, singer and dancer, Betty Garrett is born in 1919.
  • American actress Barbara Barrie is born in 1931.
  • American actor and TV game show host, Drew Carey is born in 1958.
  • American actress Karen Duffy is born in 1962.


Labor Day

Corpus Christi

Father’s Day

Eid al-Adha