May 23

Amber pages:

Friedrich Anton Mesmer, German physician and hypnotist born, today in 1734 

The Bab, the prophet-herald of the Baha'i Faith, announced Himself, today in 1844

General Ambrose Burnside, the totally ineffective US Senator whose memorable achievements amount to zero, but after whom those hideous things the "sideburns" were named, was born today in 1824 (at least he did his sideburns properly - not like the tiny little things we call sideburns today)

Today in 1960, Israeli agents "captured" Adolf Eichmann in Argentina - see May 11

Today in 1430, Joan of Arc "captured" by the Burgundians (see May 30)

Today in 1701, Captain William Kidd (no, not that Billy the Kid; he's on November 23) was hanged for piracy and murder.

Today in 1873, Rabbi Leo Baeck born (see April 1)

And today in 1533, the marriage of King Henry VIII to Catherine of Aragon was declared null and void (see December 16)

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