This Day in History on 23rd May

The historical events hold a lot of value for aspirants who are sitting for UPSC competitive exams including the IAS Exam. 

On this page, we will list all historical events that occurred on 23rd May. The students can refer them while preparing for all competitive exams and banking exams.

Important Days

  • Constitution Day (Germany)
World Turtle Day

World Turtle Day

Lord Wellesley
Lord Wellesley

Important Events

1805: Lord Wellesley, Governor General of India, issued a permanent provision for the Delhi Mughal Emperor.

1829: Cyrill Damien patented the accordion.

1903: Gemini Roy, the famous Painter, joined the Government School of Arts and Crafts at Calcutta.

Gemini Roy

1947: The U.K. Cabinet today took the historic step of agreeing to Lord Mountbatten’s proposal for the partition of India into two states, one Muslim and the other Hindu. The Viceroy is to have a series of talks with Lord Listowel, the Secretary for India.

1951: Tibet signed a 17-point agreement with China for the peaceful liberation of Tibet.

1956: A bill to nationalize the life insurance business was passed.

1967: South Gujrat University was established.

Bachendri Pal
Bachendri Pal

1984: Bachendri Pal, an employee of Tata Iron and Steel Co. Limited at Jamshedpur, conquers the summit of Mount Everest to become the first Indian woman and the fifth woman in the world to achieve this feat.

1995: TADA expires and new Anti-Terrorists Activities Law is proposed. Criminal Law Amendment Bill, 1995, voting put off; Lok Sabha passes Finance Bill 1995.

1995: The first edition of the Java programming language was released.

2008: India successfully test-fired the missile Prithvi-2.

Birthday / Anniversary

1052: Philip I, the king of France.

1707: Carl Linnaeus, a Swedish botanist, zoologist, and physician.

1919: Maharani Gayatri Devi, the third Maharani consort of Jaipur.

Venkat Woorkeri Raman

1923: Nirode Ranjan Chowdhury, Indian cricket pace bowler (1949-52), was born in Calcutta.

1924: Venkatraman Narayan Swamy, cricketer (one Test v NZ in 1955, DNB, 0-45), was born in Calicut.

1926: P. Govinda Pillai, an Indian veteran Communist Party leader.

1931: Sharad Joshi, a famous Hindi poet, playwright, and journalist, was born.

1942: K. Raghavendra Rao, an Indian film director, producer, screenwriter, and choreographer.

1965: Venkat Woorkeri Raman, cricketer (Indian slow left-arm all-rounder), was born.

1942: Kovelamudi Raghavendra Rao, Indian director, screenwriter, and choreographer

1945: Padmarajan, Indian director, screenwriter, and author (d. 1991)

Death / Death Anniversary

1884: Surendra Sai, an Indian freedom fighter.

Shivprasad Sitar-E-Hind
Shivprasad Sitar-E-Hind

1895: Shivprasad Sitar-E-Hind passed away.

1906: Henrik Ibsen, a Norwegian playwright and theatre director.

1937: John Davison Rockefeller Sr, an American business magnate, and philanthropist.

1960: Georges Claude, a French engineer, and inventor.

1975: P. S. Bapat, victoria cross winner Lieutenant General, passed away.

2014: Madhav Mantri, Indian cricketer (b. 1921)

2014: Anand Modak, Indian composer, and director (b. 1951)

Further Reading

Month-wise This Day in History

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