This Day in History: May 23

Potala Palace

1951 – Tibet annexed by China. China formally annexed Tibet as an autonomous region on this day in 1951, giving rise to a Tibetan independence movement—led by the Dalai Lama, winner of the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize—that continued into the early 21st century.


1915 – Italy declared war on Austria-Hungary, entering World War I on the side of the Allies.

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