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On this day: May 23

POSTED: 10:26 AM PDT May 22, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT May 22, 2013 

Joan of Arc is captured in battle, Bonnie and Clyde die in a hail of bullets, "The Shining" hits theaters, golf legend Sam Snead passes away, and Tom Cruise abuses Oprah's couch, all on this day.

OTD May 23 - Heinrich Himmler
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German Federal Archive/Wikimedia Commons

1945: Heinrich Himmler, the head of the Nazi SS, commits suicide by biting down on a hidden cyanide pill while in Allied custody. Himmler was one of the most powerful men in Nazi Germany and one of the persons most directly responsible for the Holocaust.

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