From a tragic Jeanne d'Arc to a trend-setting British comedy, and it all happened on May 23rd.
1430 Joan of Arc is captured at Compiegne and sold to the British
1660 King Charles II returns from exile; sails from Scheveningen to England
1785 Benjamin Franklin announces his invention of bifocals
1865 Flag flown at full staff over White House, 1st time since Lincoln shot
1873 Canada's North West Mounted Police Force (RCMPF) forms
1908 Dirigible explodes over San Francisco Bay; 16 passengers fall, none die
1922 "Abie's Irish Rose" 1st of over 2,500 performances
1945 Winston Churchill resigns as British Prime Minister
1966 Beatles release "Paperback Writer"
1969 BBC orders 13 episodes of Monty Python's Flying Circus