23rd May

The events happened on 23rd May are :

1951 : Tibet annexed by China : On this day the Chinese government formally annexed the territory of Tibet as an autonomous region. After China's earlier invasion of Tibet, an appeal by the Dalai Lama to the United Nations had been denied, and India and Britain had failed to offer support. A Tibetan delegation summoned to China had to sign a treaty dictated by the conquerors. It professed to guarantee Tibetan autonomy and religion but also allowed the establishment at Lhasa of Chinese civil and military headquarters.

1934 : Bonnie and Clyde, notorious American outlaws, were killed in a police shoot-out near Gibsland, Louisiana.

1915 : Italy declared war on Austria-Hungary, entering World War I on the side of the Allies.

1706 : The French suffered a major loss at the Battle of Ramillies, a turning point in the War of the Spanish Succession.

1618 : The Defenestration of Prague occurred in response to religious persecution. This event helped set the stage for the Thirty Years' War.

1430 : Joan of Arc was captured by Burgundians near Compiègne, France.

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