Holidays Calendar for May 23, 2016

Birthday of Muhammad al-Mahdi is a public holiday in Iran observed on the 15th day of the Islamic month of Sha'ban. Mahdi is believed by Shias to be the final Imam of the Twelve Imams.


Every last Monday before May 25 is Victoria Day in Canada. This holiday was introduced to honor the birthday of Queen Victoria.


May 1 is reserved by many countries as Labor Day, but Jamaica annually celebrates this holiday on May 23. The date was chosen to commemorate the labor rebellion, that arouse in 1938.

Mid-Shab'an is observed by Muslims on the 15th day of the month of Shab'an. The preceding night is known as Laylatul Bara'ah (Lailat al-Baraa) or Shab-e-barat. It is commemorated with a festive vigil with prayers which lasts all night long.


The employees of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of Azerbaijan annually observe their professional holiday on May 23. Day of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources was established by the Presidential Decree of Ilham Aliyev in May 2007.

World Turtle Day was created by American Tortoise Rescue. The day is annually observed on May 23.

All Canadians on bikes are brought together to celebrate Bike Day in May. The first relating event was first organized in Canada in 2012, and the first annual Bike Day was celebrated in 2014.


May 23 is National Taffy Day. Today you can snack with your favorite candies at any time, of course in form of celebration.

May 23 is International Day of End of Obstetric Fistula. The observance belongs to one of the UN international days.

Youth Day is annually observed in Tajikistan on May 23. The holiday was established in 1997 by President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon.

This Day in History

  • 2014 6 people were killed and 13 others injured in a killing spree near the campus of University of California, Santa Barbara. The perpetrator committed suicide.
  • 2013 The I-5 Skagit River Bridge that connected the cities of Mount Vernon and Burlington in the state of Washington collapsed into the river below.
  • 2010 Died: Simon Monjack, British screenwriter, film director, and producer. He died five months after the death of his wife, actress Brittany Murphy.
  • 2009 Died: Roh Moo-hyun, the ninth President of South Korea (from 2003 to 2008). He committed suicide by jumping from a mountain cliff.
  • 2004 At Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, part of Terminal 2E collapsed, killing 4 people and injuring 3 others. The terminal was reconstructed and reopened in 2008.
  • 1994 Died: Joe Pass, American virtuoso jazz guitarist who is considered to be one of the most influential jazz guitarists of the 20th century.
  • 1974 Born: Ken Jennings, American game show contestant who is noted for holding the record for the longest winning streak on Jeopardy!
  • 1970 Born: Yigal Amir, Israeli activist who assassinated Prime Minister of Israel Yitzhak Rabin. He is currently serving a life sentence plus 14 years.
  • 1960 Died: Georges Claude, French engineer and inventor primarily remembered for the invention and commercialization of neon lighting.
  • 1960 Born: Linden Ashby, American actor and martial artist best known for his roles as Johnny Cage in Mortal Kombat and Sheriff Stilinski on Teen Wolf.
  • 1958 The first satellite of the United States Explorer 1 ceased transmission. Its launch began the Cold War Space Race between the USA and the USSR.
  • 1951 Born: Anatoly Karpov, Soviet and Russian chess grandmaster. He was World Champion from 1975 to 1985 and then again from 1993 to 1999.
  • 1949 The Federal Republic of Germany (also known as West Germany) was established from 11 states in the Allied Zones of occupation.
  • 1945 Died: Heinrich Himmler, German military commander and a leading member of the Nazi Party. He committed suicide by biting into a cyanide pill.
  • 1937 Died: John D. Rockefeller, American business magnate and philanthropist who is best known as a co-founder of the Standard Oil Company.
  • 1934 Died: Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker, American outlaws and robbers. They were ambushed and killed in Louisiana by police officers.
  • 1934 Born: Robert Moog, American electronic music pioneer best known as the inventor of the Moog synthesizer. He founded Moog Music in 1953.
  • 1933 Born: Joan Collins, English stage, film and television actress, author, and columnist. She is best known for her role as Alexis Carrington on Dynasty.
  • 1928 Born: Rosemary Clooney, American singer and actress whose best known hits include Come On-a My House, Mambo Italiano, and Tenderly.
  • 1911 The main branch of the New York Public Library was officially opened. The opening ceremony was presided over by President William Howard Taft.
  • 1906 Died: Henrik Ibsen, Norwegian playwright, poet, and theater director. His major works include Brand, Peer Gynt, A Doll's House, The Wild Duck, The Master Builder.
  • 1883 Born: Douglas Fairbanks, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter. He was also a founding member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.
  • 1873 Queen Victoria established the North-West Mounted Police, a Canadian police force. It was the forerunner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
  • 1857 Died: Augustin-Louis Cauchy, French mathematician who is regarded as an early pioneer of mathematical analysis, specifically complex analysis.
  • 1829 The patent for the accordion was officially granted to Cyrill Demian, an organ and piano maker from Vienna, and his two sons, Guido and Karl.
  • 1734 Born: Franz Mesmer, German physician primarily remembered for his theory of animal magnetism, sometimes later referred to as mesmerism.
  • 1707 Born: Carl Linnaeus, Swedish botanist, zoologist, and physician who laid the foundations for the modern biological naming scheme of binomial nomenclature.
  • 1618 The Second Defenestration of Prague took place. It precipitated the Thirty Years' War, one of the longest and most destructive conflicts in the history of Europe.
  • 1498 Died: Girolamo Savonarola, Italian Dominic friar and preacher known for his prophecies. He was hanged and burned for defying the pope.
  • 1430 Joan of Arc was captured by the Burgundians during the Siege of Compiègne. They imprisoned her at Beaurevoir Castle and tried for heresy.