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 - Captain William Kidd
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1701: After being convicted of piracy and of murdering one of his own crew, Captain William Kidd is hanged in London. His body was hung in chains over the River Thames as a warning to future would-be pirates for three years. Some modern historians deem Kidd's piratical reputation unjust, as there is evidence that Kidd acted only as a privateer and his actions on the high seas were both less destructive and less lucrative than many other contemporary pirates.


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