Today in history – May 23, 2019

1701 – After being convicted of piracy and of murdering William Moore, Captain William Kidd is hanged in London.

1785 – Benjamin Franklin announces his invention of bifocals.

1788 – South Carolina ratifies the Constitution as the eighth U.S. State.

1911 – The New York Public Library is dedicated.

1934 – Infamous American bank robbers Bonnie and Clyde are ambushed by police and killed in Bienville Parish, Louisiana.

1945 – Heinrich Himmler, head of the Schutzstaffel, commits suicide while in Allied custody.