It is always interesting to read about legally significant events that occurred on this day in history. I find it exceptionally intriguing to contrast the present state of affairs with the events that occurred many years in the past.

Here are a few interesting events that occurred on May 23 throughout history:

May 23, 1785- Benjamin Franklin reveals his bifocal invention

May 23, 1788- South Carolina becomes the 8th American state to ratify the Constitution

May 23, 1829- Cyrill Demian is granted the patent for the Accordion

May 23, 1903- Wisconsin adopts the 1st direct primary election law

May 23, 1911- The New York Public Library building at 5th Avenue is dedicated by President Taft

May 23, 1926- Hack Wilson hits the first 1st home run off the Wrigley Field scoreboard. That’s pretty cool.

May 23, 1934- Police ambush and kill bank robbers Bonnie and Clyde in Louisiana.

May 23, 1958- Schools start using Cliff's Notes.  I don’t know about you guys, but thanks to Cliff's Notes, I know what happened in the Great Gatsby.

May 23, 1970- San Diego Padres beat the San Francisco Giants 17-16 in 15 innings.  It’s hard not to include this fact when is based in San Diego County.  Go Padres!

May 23, 1979 – Famous rock star Tom Petty files for chapter 11 bankruptcy

May 23, 1994- The finale of Star Trek The Next Generation, airs in syndication

May 23, 1995- The first version of the Java programming language is released.

Do any of these events interest you?