Trent Sound keeps you updated with the latest daily news, these are the key events which have happened on this day 23 May 2013 in years gone by. Our celebrity birthdays are here too!:
1498 - The Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama arrived at Calicut on India's Malabar coast after almost a year, becoming the first European to reach the Indies by sea
1533 – The marriage of King Henry VIII to Catherine of Aragon was declared null and void.
1568 – The Netherlands declared their independence from Spain.
1701 – After being convicted of piracy and of murdering William Moore, Captain William Kidd was hanged in London
1785 - Iconic US figure, Benjamin Franklin, announced his invention of bifocals
1795 - In Paris, troops put down an uprising caused by bread shortages
1805 – Napoleon Bonaparte was crowned King of Italy with the Iron Crown of Lombardy in the Cathedral of Milan
1827 - The first nursery school in the United States was established in NY City
1829 – A patent for the Accordion was granted to Cyrill Demian in Vienna
1846 – President Mariano Paredes of Mexico unofficially declared war on the United States.
1873 – The Canadian Parliament established the North West Mounted Police, the forerunner of The Mounties
1887 - The French crown jewels went on sale and raised six million francs
1900 – In the American Civil War, Sergeant William Harvey Carney became the first African American to be awarded the Medal of Honour, for his heroism
1903 - Paris and Rome were linked by telephone for the first time
1915 – In World War I, Italy joined the Allies after they declared war on Austria-Hungary.
1923 – Belgium's SABENA airline launched
1931 - Whipsnade Zoo opened in Bedfordshire
1934 – American bank robbers Bonnie and Clyde were ambushed by police and killed in Black Lake, Louisiana
1934 - Wallace Carothers manufactured the first nylon in America
1939 - Hitler proclaimed he wanted to move into Poland
1939 - The British Military decoration, the George Cross, was first presented.
1945 – In World War II, Heinrich Himmler, the head of the SS, committed suicide while in Allied custody
1948 - The Empire Windrush set sail from Jamaica with the first boatload of West Indian immigrants invited to Britain to help with post-war reconstruction
1949 – The Federal Republic of Germany (Or West Germany) was established
1953 - Two Yetis were supposedly sighted on mount Everest
1960 - Israel announced it had captured former Nazi official Adolf Eichmann in Argentina. Eichmann was tried in Israel, found guilty of crimes against humanity, and hanged in 1962
1964 - Ella Fitzgerald became the first artist to have a hit with a Beatles cover when 'Can't Buy Me Love' entered the UK chart
1966 - The British government declared a state of emergency a week after the nation's seamen went on strike
1969 - The BBC ordered 13 episodes of Monty Python's Flying Circus.
1970 - The Beatles album 'Let It Be' started a three week run at No.1 on the UK chart
1970 - The Grateful Dead played their first gig outside the US at 'The Hollywood Rock Music Festival', in Newcastle under Lyme, Staffs
1973 - Jefferson Airplane were prevented from giving a free concert in Golden Gate Park when San Francisco authorities passed a resolution banning electronic instruments. The group later wrote ‘We Built this City’ about the ban
1974 - George Harrison announced the launch of his own record label, 'Dark Horse.'
1982 - The UK Musicians Union moved a resolution to ban synthesizers and drum rhythm machines from sessions and live concerts fearing that their use would put musicians out of work
1987 - The Soviet Union announced it was giving up commercial whaling
1988 - Two Danish divers married on an underwater reef in Mauritius, using divers' language to sign their vows to a Mauritian civil servant in a glass-bottomed boat.
1991 - A disabled English boy, six-year-old Jonathan Hunt, won "substantial" libel damages from the Sun newspaper - which had dubbed him "the worst brat in Britain". He was the first British child to sue for libel
1991 - Photographer Michael Lavine took what would be the swimming baby publicity shots for Nirvana’s 'Nevermind' album at Jay Aaron Studios in Los Angeles.
1995 – The first version of the Java programming language was released.
1998 – The Good Friday Agreement was accepted in a referendum in Northern Ireland with 75% voting yes
2000 - Noel Gallagher walked out on his band Oasis during a European tour. The move was put down to a series of burst-ups with his brother Liam.
2002 - Cliff Richard announced plans to launch a new wine “Vida Nova”. 27,000 bottles of the Portuguese red from the grapes of his 25 acre estate would go on sale at £8.99 a bottle
2002 - 'Up For Grabs' opened at London's Wyndham's Theatre featuring Madonna in the lead role. The first night crowd complained that the singer was lacking in vocal power and strained to hear her lines
2003 - The Swiss authorities withdrew a computer game involving asylum seeking characters after complaints from charities
2003 - The fourth series of Big Brother began - with producers picking younger contestants for the surveillance gameshow
2003 - EasyJet founder Stelios Haji-Ioannou's cut price cinema opened for business without any Hollywood blockbusters
2005 - Kylie Minogue's spokesman denied reports that she and her boyfriend Olivier Martinez were to marry.
2006 - The king of Sweden presented the surviving members of Led Zeppelin with the Polar Music Prize in Stockholm recognising them as "great pioneers" of rock music
2010 - The Rolling Stones scored their first UK No.1 album for 16 years with the re-release of their classic 1972 double LP Exile On Main Street
2011 - Jedward performed for President Barack Obama when he visited Ireland