Today in History (May 23)

Today is Monday, May 23, the 143rd day of 2022. This is today in history.

Local news

  • In 2013, Jasper County officials issued a warning regarding ecoli levels in surrounding creeks and rivers.
  • In 2015, scouts from northeastern Oklahoma decorated the Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery in Miami.
  • In 2018, some Pittsburg residents expressed their outrage after a video surfaced showing a boy at Schlanger Park choking a man with special needs.

World news

  • In 1915, Italy declared war on Austria-Hungary during World War I.
  • In 1934, bank robbers Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker were shot to death in a police ambush in Bienville Parish, Louisiana.
  • In 1984, Surgeon General C. Everett Koop issued a report saying there was “very solid” evidence linking cigarette smoke to lung disease in non-smokers.


  • In 1970, The Grateful Dead played their first British concert at the Hollywood Rock Festival. Their opening act was Mungo Jerry.
  • In 1975, comedian Jackie “Moms” Mabley, 81, died in White Plains, New York.
  • In 1997, comedian Tim Allen was arrested for speeding and driving drunk in suburban Detroit.


  • In 1967, Egypt closed the Straits of Tiran to Israeli shipping, an action that helped precipitate war between Israel and its Arab neighbors the following month.
  • In 2007, President George W. Bush, speaking at the U.S. Coast Guard commencement, portrayed the Iraq war as a battle between the U.S. and al-Qaida and said Osama bin Laden was setting up a terrorist cell in Iraq to strike targets in America.
  • In 2016, during his visit to Asia, President Barack Obama, eager to banish lingering shadows of the Vietnam War, lifted the U.S. embargo on selling arms to America’s former enemy.


Actor Barbara Barrie is 91. Actor Joan Collins is 89. Actor Charles Kimbrough is 86. International Tennis Hall of Famer John Newcombe is 78. Actor Lauren Chapin is 77. Country singer Judy Rodman is 71. Chess grandmaster Anatoly Karpov is 71. Singer Luka Bloom is 67. New York Mets manager Buck Showalter is 66. Actor-comedian-game show host Drew Carey is 64. Actor Lea DeLaria is 64. Country singer Shelly West is 64. Author Mitch Albom is 64. Actor Linden Ashby is 62. Actor-model Karen Duffy is 61. Actor Melissa McBride is 57. Rock musician Phil Selway (Radiohead) is 55. Actor Laurel Holloman is 54. Rock musician Matt Flynn (Maroon 5) is 52. Country singer Brian McComas is 50. Actor John Pollono is 50. Singer Maxwell is 49. Singer Jewel is 48. Game show contestant Ken Jennings is 48. Actor LaMonica Garrett is 47. Actor D.J. Cotrona is 42. Actor Lane Garrison is 42. Actor-comedian Tim Robinson is 41. Actor Adam Wylie is 38. Movie writer-director Ryan Coogler is 36. Golfer Morgan Pressel is 34. Actor Alberto Frezza is 33. Folk/pop singer/songwriter Sarah Jarosz (juh-ROHZ’) is 31.

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