Today is Monday, May 23, the 144th day of 201t6 with 222 to follow.
The moon is waning. Morning stars are Mars, Mercury, Neptune, Uranus, Venus and Saturn. Evening stars are Jupiter and Mars.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Gemini. They include Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus in 1707; Austrian physician/hypnotist Franz Mesmer in 1734; social reformer Sarah Margaret Fuller in 1810; U.S. Army Gen. Ambrose Burnside, who later was a U.S. senator and for whom sideburns were named, in 1824; actor Douglas Fairbanks Sr. in 1883; baseball Hall of Fame member Zack Wheat in 1888; musician/actor Scatman Crothers in 1910; clarinetist/bandleader Artie Shaw in 1910; singer Helen O'Connell in 1920; singer Rosemary Clooney in 1928; actor Barbara Barrie in 1931 (age 85); actor Joan Collins in 1933 (age 83); Robert Moog, inventor of the Moog Synthesizer, in 1934; tennis Hall of Fame member John Newcombe in 1944 (age 72); writer Mitch Albom in 1958 (age 58); comedian Drew Carey in 1958 (age 58); singer Jewel Kilcher in 1974 (age 42); "Jeopardy!" champion Ken Jennings in 1974 (age 42).
On this date in history:
In 1701, Capt. William Kidd was hanged in London for piracy and murder.
In 1829, Cyrill Demian was granted a patent for his musical instrument called the accordion.
In 1900, U.S. Army Sgt. William H. Carney became the first African-American to be awarded the Medal of Honor. He was cited for his efforts during the Civil War battle of Fort Wagner, S.C., in June 1863.
In 1934, Clyde Barrow and his cigar-smoking sweetheart, Bonnie Parker, who lived by violence, died by violence after being ambushed by police in Bienville Parish, Louisiana.
In 1939, the U.S. Navy submarine Squalus went down off New Hampshire in 240 feet of water. Twenty-six men died. Thirty-three were saved in a daring rescue with a diving bell.
In 1960, Israeli agents captured Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann in Argentina and spirited him to Israel. He was tried, convicted and hanged.
In 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling that California's overcrowded prisons violated the Eighth Amendment banning "cruel and unusual punishment."
In 2012, U.S. Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan apologized for a prostitution scandal involving 12 of agents in Colombia but said national security hadn't been compromised. Investigators said the agents, on a security detail in advance of a visit by President Barack Obama, had taken women to their hotel rooms.
In 2013, the Boy Scouts of America ended a century-old ban on openly gay scouts but still prohibited gay adult scout leaders.
In 2014, authorities said 22-year-old Elliot Rodger went on a stabbing and shooting rampage near UC Santa Barbara in Isla Vista, Calif., killing six people and wounding many others before taking his own life.
A thought for the day: "One man practicing sportsmanship is far better than 50 preaching it." -- Knute Rockne