Today is Thursday, May 23, the 143rd day of 2002. There are 222 days left in the year.
On May 23, 1960, Israel announced it had captured former Nazi official Adolf Eichmann in Argentina. (Eichmann was tried in Israel, found guilty of crimes against humanity, and hanged in 1962.)
On this date:
In 1430, Joan of Arc was captured by the Burgundians, who sold her to the English.
In 1533, the marriage of England’s King Henry VIII to Catherine of Aragon was declared null and void.
In 1701, Capt. William Kidd was hanged in London after he was convicted of piracy and murder.
In 1788, South Carolina became the eighth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
In 1915, Italy declared war on Austria-Hungary in World War I.
In 1934, bank robbers Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were shot to death in a police ambush in Bienville Parish, La.
In 1937, industrialist John D. Rockefeller died in Ormond Beach, Fla.
In 1940, Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra, the Pied Pipers and featured soloist Frank Sinatra recorded “I’ll Never Smile Again” in New York for RCA.
In 1945, Nazi official Heinrich Himmler committed suicide while imprisoned in Luneburg, Germany.
In 1977, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the appeals of former Nixon White House aides H.R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman and former Attorney General John N. Mitchell in connection with their Watergate convictions.
Ten years ago:
The United States and four former Soviet republics signed an agreement in Lisbon, Portugal, to implement the START missile-reduction treaty that had been agreed to by the Soviet Union prior to its dissolution.
Five years ago: The defense at the Oklahoma City bombing trial suffered an embarrassing setback when one of its own witnesses provided testimony potentially damaging to defendant Timothy McVeigh. The Senate decisively approved a carefully constructed deal to balance the budget and cut taxes. Iranians elected a moderate president, Mohammad Khatami, over hard-liners in the ruling Muslim clergy.
One year ago:
The Senate passed an 11-year, $1.35 trillion tax cut bill.
Bandleader Artie Shaw is 92. Actress Betty Garrett is 83. Pianist Alicia de Larrocha is 79. Bluegrass singer Mac Wiseman is 77. Singer Rosemary Clooney is 74. Actor Nigel Davenport is 74. Actress Barbara Barrie is 71. Actress Joan Collins is 69. Actor Charles Kimbrough is 66. Rhythm-and-blues singer General Johnson (Chairmen of the Board) is 59. Actress Lauren Chapin is 57. Country singer Misty Morgan is 57. Country singer Judy Rodman is 51. Boxer Marvelous Marvin Hagler is 50. Singer Luka Bloom is 47. Actor-comedian Drew Carey is 44. Country singer Shelley West is 44. Actor Linden Ashby is 42. Actress-model Karen Duffy is 41. Rock musician Phil Selway (Radiohead) is 35. Singer Lorenzo is 30. Singer Maxwell is 29. Singer Jewel is 28. Actor Adam Wylie is 18.
- The Associated Press