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Calendar for May 23rd, 2014

1700s

  • Died 1701: Captain William Kidd hanged in London

  • Born 1707: Carolus Linnaeus (botanist)

  • 1780s

  • 1785: Benjamin Franklin created his own pair of bifocals

  • 1788: South Carolina was admitted to the Union as the 8th state

  • 1870s

  • 1873: North-West mounted police formed (now Canadian Royal Mounted Police)

  • 1880s

  • Born 1883: Douglas Fairbanks (actor)

  • 1910s

  • Born 1910: Artie Shaw (bandleader)

  • 1920s

  • Born 1928: Rosemary Clooney (singer)

  • 1930s

  • Born 1931: Barbara Barrie (actress)

  • Born 1933: Joan Collins (actress)

  • Born 1934: Robert Moog (inventor)

  • Died 1937: John D. Rockerfeller (entrepreneur)

  • 1938: Actor Errol Flynn appeared on the cover of LIFE Magazine

  • 1950s

  • Born 1958: Drew Carey (actor; host of The Price is Right)

  • Born 1958: Mitch Albom (author)

  • 1960s

  • 1967: Queen Juliana of the Netherlands laid the cornerstone of the tower housing the Netherlands Centennial Carillon in Victoria, British Columbia

  • 1970s

  • Born 1974: Ken Jennings (won 74 straight games on Jeopardy! game show in 2004)

  • Born 1974: Jewel (musician)

  • 2000s

  • Died 2002: Sam Snead (golfer)

  • 2004: Five people were killed, when a large part of the roof of a new terminal collapsed at Paris' Charles de Gaulle Airport in France

  • 2007: Hugh Laurie was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace


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