On This Day In ...
- May 23 1790:
Birth of Rear Admiral Jules Sébastien César Dumont D'Urville,
French naval officer who led an expedition to Antarctica, in
Condé-sur-Noireau, Normandy, France.
- May 23 1916:
Shackleton, Worsley and Crean leave for Elephant Island on the steam whaler Southern Sky, to pick up the
rest of the Endurance crew. The ship had to turn back because of low coal supplies and bad weather.
- May 23 2005:
Publication of The Dead Place, the sixth Cooper and Fry mystery
by Stephen Booth.
- May 23 2012:
Publication of 2312, a novel of the future by
Kim Stanley Robinson.
- May 23 1815:
World première performance of the two-act version of Ludwig van Beethoven's only opera
Fidelio, at the Kärntnertortheater, in Vienna, Austria. It is this version that
is most often performed today
- May 23 1707:
Birth of Carl Linnaeus, originator of modern biological taxonomy, in
Råshult, southern Sweden.
- May 23 1864:
Sir Arthur Smith Woodward, palaeontologist best known for his
involvement with the Piltdown Man controversy, born in Macclesfield,
- May 23 1912:
Charles Dawson visited Sir Arthur Smith Woodward at the British Museum
and shows him several skull fragments, the initial part of the Piltdown
- May 23 1797:
David Thompson, fur trader and surveyor, joins the North West Company
after thirteen years working for the Hudson's Bay Company.
- May 23 1873:
The bill to create the North West Mounted Police received royal assent.
- May 23 1885:
Louis Riel and his escort arrive in Regina. Riel is handed over to the
custody of Inspector R. Burton Deane and imprisoned in the North West
Mounted Police guardhouse.
- May 23 1929:
First school broadcast by radio in Canada, by CKUA Edmonton.
- May 23 1963:
Pacific Western Airlines begins first regular air
service between Edmonton and Calgary.
- May 23 1986:
Native Harvests: Plants in American Indian Life exhibition closes.