On this day: May 23

POSTED: 10:26 AM PDT May 22, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT May 22, 2014 

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 - Explorer 1
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NASA

1958: Explorer 1, the first successful American satellite, ceases transmission when its batteries die after nearly four months in orbit. It was the first spacecraft to detect the Van Allen radiation belt and would remain in orbit until 1970. It has since been followed by more than 90 scientific spacecraft in the Explorer series.

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