May 23 1953 The first 'Cliff's Notes' appear in schools. (Thanks Cliff). May 23 1921 'Shuffle Along,' the first black musical comedy, opens in New York City. May 23 1908 Dirigible (a blimp) explodes over San Francisco Bay, 16 passengers fall, none die. May 23 1898 First Phillipine Expeditionary Troops sail from San Francisco.
May 23 1933 Joan Collins, actress, BITCH! May 23 1910 Artie Shaw, band leader and husband. May 23 1883 Douglas Fairbanks, first & greatest of Hollywood's swashbucklers.