On this day: May 23

POSTED: 10:26 AM PDT May 22, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT May 22, 2016 

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 - Edward Norton Lorenz
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M.I.T. News Office

1917: Mathematician and meteorologist Edward Norton Lorenz, a pioneer of chaos theory who coined the term "butterfly effect," is born in West Hartford, Connecticut. Lorenz, a professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was trying to explain why it is so hard to make good weather forecasts when he discovered chaos theory in 1961. He died at age 90 on April 16, 2008.


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