on this day … 5/23 1900 – Civil War hero Sgt. William H. Carney became the first African American to receive the Medal of Honor, 37 years after the Battle of Fort Wagner.

1430 – Joan of Arc was captured by Burgundians. She was then sold to the English.

1533 – Henry VIII’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon was declared null and void.

1618 – The Thirty Years War began when three opponents of the Reformation were thrown through a window.

1701 – In London, Captain William Kidd was hanged after being convicted of murder and piracy.

1785 – Benjamin Franklin wrote in a letter that he had invented bifocals.

1788 – South Carolina became the eighth state to ratify U.S. Constitution.

1827 – The first nursery school in the U.S. was established in New York City.

1846 – Arabella Mansfield (Belle Aurelia Babb) was born. She was the first woman in the U.S. to pass the bar exam, though she never used her law degree.

1873 – Canada’s North West Mounted Police force was established. The organization’s name was changed to Royal Canadian Mounted Police in 1920.

1876 – Boston’s Joe Borden pitched the very first no-hitter in the history of the National League.

1879 – The first U.S. veterinary school was established by Iowa State University.

1895 – The New York Public Library was created with an agreement that combined the city’s existing Astor and Lenox libraries.

1900 – Civil War hero Sgt. William H. Carney became the first African American to receive the Medal of Honor, 37 years after the Battle of Fort Wagner.

1901 – American forces captured Filipino rebel leader Emilio Aguinaldo.

1908 – Part of the Great White Fleet arrived in Puget Sound, WA.

1915 – During World War I, Italy joined the Allies as they declared war on Austria-Hungary.

1922 – The play “Abie’s Irish Rose” opened in New York City.

1922 – “Daylight Saving Time” was debated in the first debate ever to be heard on radio in Washington, DC.

1926 – The French captured the Moroccan Rif capital.

1934 – In Bienville Parish, LA, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were ambushed and killed by Texas Rangers. The bank robbers were riding in a stolen Ford Deluxe.

1937 – Industrialist John D. Rockefeller died.

1938 – “LIFE” magazine’s cover pictured Errol Flynn as a glamour boy.

1945 – In Luneburg Germany, Heinrich Himmler, the head of the Nazi Gestapo, committed suicide while imprisoned by the Allied forces.

1949 – The Republic of West Germany was established.

1960 – Israel announced the capture of Nazi Adolf Eichmann in Argentina.

1962 – The National Basketball Association (NBA) agreed to transfer the Philadelphia Warriors to San Francisco, CA. The team became the San Francisco Warriors (and later the Golden State Warriors).

1962 – Joe Pepitone of the New York Yankees set a major league baseball record by hitting two home runs in one inning.

1981 – In Barcelona, Spain, gunmen seized control of the Central Bank and took 200 hostages.

1985 – Thomas Patrick Cavanagh was sentenced to life in prison for trying to sell Stealth bomber secrets to the Soviet Union.

1992 – In Lisbon, Portugal , the U.S. and four former Soviet republics signed an agreement to implement the START missile reduction treaty that had been agreed to by the Soviet Union before it was dissolved.

1994 – “Pulp Fiction” won the “Golden Palm” for best film at the 47th Cannes Film Festival.

1995 – The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City was demolished.

1998 – British Protestants and Irish Catholics of Northern Ireland approved a peace accord.

1999 – In Kansas City, MO, Owen Hart (Blue Blazer) died when he fell 90 feet while being lowered into a WWF wrestling ring. He was 33 years old.

1999 – Gerry Bloch, at age 81, became the oldest climber to scale El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. He broke his own record that he set in 1986 when he was 68 years old.

2013 – Google acquired Makani Power for use for its Project Wing.

If the federal budget were a pie…#MomsEqualPay Twitter storm on Tuesday, May 23, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time ~ Sabrina Joy Stevens

… Trump would try to give us the burnt crust.


After seeing the Trump administration’s leaked education budget, we can’t help but imagine how Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos plans to answer for these attacks on America’s most vulnerable students.

Budget Breakdown
The Trump administration is about to formally release its full budget proposal. Based on what we’ve seen in his “Skinny Budget,” especially when considered side by side with his tax principles, we’re pretty sure it’s going to be yet another opportunity for him to promote deep cuts to essential programs for working families to make room for giant tax cuts for corporations and the uber-wealthy.

Fortunately, presidential budget frameworks are just a suggestion, not the final word on our nation’s spending. But if we’re going to keep Trump’s allies in Congress from enacting the worst of his budget, we’ve got to spread the word and make his proposals as politically toxic as possible.

Moms’ Equal Pay Day
 Moms’ Equal Pay Day, the date that represents how much further into the current year working moms must work in order to be paid the same amount working dads were paid by the end of last year. Like the other Equal Pay Days we observe throughout the year, it’s an important opportunity to raise awareness about the combination of factors that make economic justice elusive for too many women and families—and to promote policy solutions that advance equality.

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We the Resistance is our fight to protect our rights and freedoms and to defend the most vulnerable among us through powerful collective action. Every conversation you have with a loved one about the issues important to you, every call you make to Congress, every rally you attend is a part of that resistance. Join us — sign on to the We The Resistance manifesto.