What happened on November 23? There are more than 294 events that were made this day in history. Here are the important historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

Interesting Facts & Myths About November 23

November 23 In HistoryNovember 23 is the 328th day of the year 2020. There are 38 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Monday. This day falls under the 48th week of the year 2020.

On this day in Mottville, New York 13119 sunrise occured at 07:09 AM and sunset occured at 04:35 PM (local time).

The zodiac sign of a person born on this day is Sagittarius. The modern birthstone for this month is Topaz while the mystical birthstone is Pearl.

According to the Chinese calendar, there are 81 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year (February 12, 2021).

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Historical Events For November 23

  • 534 BC
    Thespis of Icaria becomes the first recorded actor to portray a character onstage.
  • 1248
    Conquest of Seville by the Christian troops under King Ferdinand III of Castile.
  • 1499
    Pretender to the throne Perkin Warbeck is hanged for reportedly attempting to escape from the Tower of London. He had invaded England in 1497, claiming to be the lost son of King Edward IV of England.
  • 1510
    First campaign of Ottoman Empire against Kingdom of Imereti (modern western Georgia). Ottoman armies sack its capital Kutaisi and burn Gelati Monastery.
  • 1531
    The Second war of Kappel results in the dissolution of the Protestant alliance in Switzerland.
  • 1644
    John Milton publishes Areopagitica, a pamphlet decrying censorship.
  • 1808
    French and Poles defeat the Spanish at battle of Tudela
  • 1863
    American Civil War: Battle of Chattanooga begins – Union forces led by General Ulysses S. Grant reinforce troops at Chattanooga, Tennessee and counter-attack Confederate troops.
  • 1867
    The Manchester Martyrs are hanged in Manchester, England for killing a police officer while freeing two Irish nationalists from custody.
  • 1876
    Corrupt Tammany Hall leader William Magear Tweed (better known as Boss Tweed) is delivered to authorities in New York City after being captured in Spain.
  • 1889
    The first jukebox goes into operation at the Palais Royale Saloon in San Francisco.
  • 1890
    King William III of the Netherlands dies without a male heir and a special law is passed to allow his daughter Princess Wilhelmina to become his heir.
  • 1910
    Johan Alfred Ander becomes the last person to be executed in Sweden.
  • 1914
    Mexican Revolution: The last of U.S. forces withdraw from Veracruz, occupied seven months earlier in response to the Tampico Affair.
  • 1918
    Heber J. Grant succeeds Joseph F. Smith as the seventh president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
  • 1934
    An Anglo-Ethiopian boundary commission in the Ogaden discovers an Italian garrison at Walwal, well within Ethiopian territory. This leads to the Abyssinia Crisis.
  • 1936
    Life magazine is reborn as a photo magazine and enjoys instant success.
  • 1940
    World War II: Romania becomes a signatory of the Tripartite Pact, officially joining the Axis Powers.
  • 1943
    World War II: Tarawa and Makin atolls fall to American forces.
  • 1943
    World War II: The Deutsche Opernhaus on Bismarckstraße in the Berlin neighborhood of Charlottenburg is destroyed. It will eventually be rebuilt in 1961 and be called the Deutsche Oper Berlin.
  • 1946
    French Navy fire in Hai Phong, Viet Nam, kills 6,000 civilians.
  • 1955
    The Cocos Islands are transferred from the control of the United Kingdom to Australia.
  • 1959
    General Charles de Gaulle, President of France, declares in a speech in Strasbourg his vision for a “Europe, ”from the Atlantic to the Urals.\"
  • 1963
    The BBC broadcasts the first ever episode of Doctor Who (starring William Hartnell) which is the world’s longest running science fiction drama.
  • 1971
    Representatives of the People’s Republic of China attend the United Nations, including the United Nations Security Council, for the first time.
  • 1972
    The Soviet Union makes its final attempt at successfully launching N-1 Rocket. The launch is a failure and the rocket is destroyed.
  • 1976
    Apneist Jacques Mayol is the first man to reach a depth of 100 m undersea without breathing equipment.
  • 1979
    In Dublin, Ireland, Provisional Irish Republican Army member Thomas McMahon is sentenced to life in prison for the assassination of Lord Mountbatten.
  • 1980
    A series of earthquakes in southern Italy kills approximately 3,000 people.
  • 1981
    Iran-Contra Affair: Ronald Reagan signs the top secret National Security Decision Directive 17 (NSDD-17), giving the Central Intelligence Agency the authority to recruit and support Contra rebels in Nicaragua.
  • 1985
    Gunmen hijack EgyptAir Flight 648 while en route from Athens to Cairo. When the plane lands in Malta, Egyptian commandos storm the aircraft, but 60 people die in the raid.
  • 1990
    The first all woman expedition to the South Pole (3 Americans, 1 Japanese and 12 Russians), sets off from Antarctica on the 1st leg of a 70 day, 1287 kilometre ski trek.
  • 1993
    Rachel Whiteread wins both the £20,000 Turner Prize award for best British modern artist and the £40,000 K Foundation art award for the worst artist of the year.
  • 1996
    Ethiopian Airlines Flight 961 is hijacked, then crashes into the Indian Ocean off the coast of Comoros after running out of fuel, killing 125.
  • 2001
    The Convention on Cybercrime is signed in Budapest, Hungary.
  • 2003
    Rose Revolution: the Georgian president Eduard Shevardnadze resigns following weeks of mass protests over flawed elections.
  • 2004
    The Holy Trinity Cathedral of Tbilisi, the largest religious building in Georgia, is consecrated.
  • 2005
    Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is elected president of Liberia and becomes the first woman to lead an African country.
  • 2006
    A series of bombing kills at least 215 people and injures 257 others in Sadr City, making it the second deadliest sectarian attack since the beginning of the Iraq War in 2003.
  • 2007
    MS Explorer, a cruise liner carrying 154 people, sinks in the Antarctic Ocean south of Argentina after hitting an iceberg near the South Shetland Islands. There are no fatalities.
  • 2009
    The Maguindanao massacre occurs in Ampatuan, Maguindanao, Mindanao, Philippines
  • 2010
    The Bombardment of Yeonpyeong occurs on Yeonpyeong Island, South Korea. The North Korean artillery attack kills 2 civilians and 2 South Korean marines.
  • 2011
    Arab Spring: After 11 months of protests in Yemen, The Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh Signs a deal to transfer power to the vice president, in exchange for legal immunity.

Who Were Born On November 23?

  • 912
    Otto I, Holy Roman Emperor (d. 973)
  • 1221
    King Alfonso X of Castile (d. 1284)
  • 1402
    Jean de Dunois, French soldier (d. 1468)
  • 1417
    William FitzAlan, 16th Earl of Arundel, English politician (d. 1487)
  • 1553
    Prospero Alpini, Italian physician and botanist (d. 1617)
  • 1616
    John Wallis, English mathematician (d. 1703)
  • 1632
    Jean Mabillon, French palaeographer and diplomat (d. 1707)
  • 1641
    Anthonie Heinsius, Dutch statesman (d. 1720)
  • 1705
    Thomas Birch, English historian (d. 1766)
  • 1715
    Pierre Charles Le Monnier, French astronomer (d. 1799)
  • 1719
    Spranger Barry, Irish actor (d. 1777)
  • 1749
    Edward Rutledge, American statesman (d. 1800)
  • 1760
    François-Noël Babeuf, French revolutionary figure (d. 1797)
  • 1781
    Theodor Valentin Volkmar, German politician (d. 1847)
  • 1785
    Jan Roothaan, Dutch priest (d. 1853)
  • 1803
    Theodore Dwight Weld, American abolitionist (d. 1895)
  • 1804
    Franklin Pierce, 14th President of the United States (d. 1869)
  • 1820
    Isaac Todhunter, British mathematician (d. 1884)
  • 1837
    Johannes Diderik van der Waals, Dutch physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1923)
  • 1838
    Stephanos Skouloudis, Greek banker and diplomat (d. 1928)
  • 1855
    Stevan Sremac, Serbian writer
  • 1859
    Billy the Kid, American outlaw (d. 1881)
  • 1860
    Hjalmar Branting, Swedish diplomat; Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1925)
  • 1861
    Konstantin Korovin, Russian painter (d. 1939)
  • 1864
    Henry Bourne Joy, American automobile executive (d. 1936)
  • 1869
    Valdemar Poulsen, Danish engineer (d. 1942)
  • 1871
    William Watt, Premier of Victoria, Speaker of the Australian House of Representatives (d. 1946)
  • 1875
    Anatoly Lunacharsky, Russian literary critic and politician (d. 1933)
  • 1876
    Manuel de Falla, Spanish composer (d. 1946)
  • 1883
    José Clemente Orozco, Mexican painter (d. 1949)
  • 1887
    Boris Karloff, British actor (d. 1969)
  • 1887
    Eduardo Corrochio, Spanish dancer (d. 1943)
  • 1887
    Henry Moseley, English physicist (d. 1915)
  • 1888
    Harpo Marx, American comedian (d. 1964)
  • 1889
    Harry Sunderland, Australian rugby league administrator and journalist (d. 1964)
  • 1889
    Nelly’s, Greek photographer (d. 1998)
  • 1890
    El Lissitzky, Russian artist and architect (d. 1941)
  • 1892
    Erté, French artist (d. 1990)
  • 1896
    Tsunenohana Kan'ichi, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 31st Yokozuna (d. 1960)
  • 1896
    Venere Pizzinato, Italian supercentenarian (d. 2011)
  • 1897
    Karl Gebhardt, German Nazi figure (d. 1948)
  • 1897
    Nirad C. Chaudhuri, Indian writer (d. 1999)
  • 1899
    Manuel dos Reis Machado, Brazilian martial artist (d. 1974)
  • 1902
    Aaron Bank, American Office of Strategic Services figure (d. 2004)
  • 1902
    Victor Jory, Canadian actor (d. 1982)
  • 1907
    Lars Leksell, Swedish physician (d. 1986)
  • 1908
    Nelson S. Bond, American writer (d. 2006)
  • 1909
    Nigel Tranter, British historian and writer (d. 2000)
  • 1912
    George O'Hanlon, American actor (d. 1989)
  • 1914
    Roger Avon, English actor (d. 1998)
  • 1915
    John Dehner, American actor (d. 1992)
  • 1916
    Michael Gough, English actor (d. 2011)
  • 1916
    P. K. Page, Canadian poet (d. 2010)
  • 1920
    Paul Celan, Romanian-born German poet (d. 1970)
  • 1920
    Wayne Thiebaud, American painter
  • 1921
    Fred Buscaglione, Italian singer and actor (d. 1960)
  • 1922
    Manuel Fraga Iribarne, Spanish Galicia politician
  • 1923
    Billy Haughton, American harness driver and trainer (d. 1986)
  • 1923
    Daniel Brewster, American politician (d. 2007)
  • 1923
    R. L. Burnside, American musician (d. 2005)
  • 1924
    Anita Linda, Filipino actress
  • 1924
    Colin Turnbull, British anthropologist (d. 1994)
  • 1924
    Paula Raymond, American actress (d. 2003)
  • 1925
    Johnny Mandel, American songwriter
  • 1925
    José Napoleón Duarte, Salvadoran politician (d. 1990)
  • 1926
    Sathya Sai Baba, Indian guru and philosopher (d. 2011)
  • 1927
    Angelo Sodano, Italian prelate and Cardinal
  • 1927
    Guy Davenport, American author and scholar (d. 2005)
  • 1928
    Jerry Bock, American musical theatre composer (d. 2010)
  • 1929
    Hal Lindsey, American evangelist
  • 1930
    Jack McKeon, American baseball manager
  • 1931
    Gloria Lynne, American singer
  • 1932
    Michel David-Weill, French investment banker
  • 1933
    Ali Shariati, Iranian sociologist and revolutionary
  • 1933
    Krzysztof Penderecki, Polish composer
  • 1934
    Lew Hoad, Australian tennis player (d. 1994)
  • 1934
    Robert Towne, American screenwriter and director
  • 1935
    Vladislav Volkov, Soviet cosmonaut (d. 1971)
  • 1936
    Robert Barnard, British mystery writer
  • 1938
    Esko Nikkari, Finnish actor
  • 1939
    Betty Everett, American singer (d. 2001)
  • 1940
    Luis Tiant, Cuban baseball player
  • 1941
    Franco Nero, Italian actor
  • 1942
    Susan Anspach, American actress
  • 1943
    Andrew Goodman, American civil rights activist (d. 1964)
  • 1943
    David Nolan, American political activist (d. 2010)
  • 1943
    Sue Nicholls, British actress
  • 1944
    James Toback, American writer and director
  • 1944
    Joe Eszterhas, Hungarian-born American producer and screenwriter
  • 1945
    Dennis Nilsen, Scottish serial killer
  • 1945
    Jerry Harris, American sculptor
  • 1945
    Jim Doyle, American politician
  • 1945
    Keith Hampshire, English singer-songwriter
  • 1945
    Steve Landesberg, American actor and comedian (d. 2010)
  • 1946
    Bobby Rush, American politician
  • 1946
    Diana Quick, English actress
  • 1946
    Giorgos Koudas, Greek footballer
  • 1947
    Jean-Pierre Foucault, French television host
  • 1948
    Bruce Vilanch, American comedy writer
  • 1948
    Frank Worthington, English footballer
  • 1949
    Alan Paul, one of the founding members of the vocal group The Manhattan Transfer
  • 1949
    Jerry verDorn, American actor
  • 1949
    Sandra Stevens, British singer (Brotherhood of Man)
  • 1949
    Tom Joyner, American radio personality
  • 1950
    Chuck Schumer, American politician
  • 1950
    Maik Galakos, Greek footballer
  • 1951
    David Rappaport, English actor (d. 1990)
  • 1952
    Bill Troiano, American musician
  • 1953
    Francis Cabrel, French singer
  • 1953
    Johan de Meij, Dutch conductor and composer
  • 1953
    Rick Bayless, American chef and restaurateur
  • 1954
    Bruce Hornsby, American musician
  • 1954
    Glenn Brummer, American baseball player
  • 1954
    Ross Brawn, English motorsport engineer and F1 team owner
  • 1955
    Dinos Kouis, Greek footballer
  • 1955
    Ludovico Einaudi, Italian composer and pianist
  • 1955
    Mary Landrieu, American politician
  • 1955
    Steven Brust, American author
  • 1959
    Dominique Dunne, American actress (d. 1982)
  • 1959
    Maxwell Caulfield, British actor
  • 1960
    Robin Roberts, American television reporter
  • 1961
    Keith Ablow, American psychiatrist and author
  • 1961
    Merv Hughes, Australian cricketer
  • 1963
    Mamoru Takuma, Japanese convicted mass murderer and rapist (d. 2004)
  • 1964
    Frank Rutherford, Bahamian athlete
  • 1965
    J. T. the Brick, American sports talk radio host
  • 1965
    Jennifer Michael Hecht, American poet and historian
  • 1966
    Jerry Kelly, American professional golfer
  • 1966
    Vincent Cassel, French actor
  • 1967
    Gary Kirsten, South African cricketer
  • 1967
    Salli Richardson, American actress
  • 1968
    Hamid Hassani, Iranian scholar and lexicographer
  • 1968
    Kirsty Young, Scottish television journalist
  • 1969
    Jonathan Seet, Canadian singer
  • 1970
    Danny Hoch, American actor
  • 1970
    Karsten Mueller, German chess grandmaster and author
  • 1970
    Oded Fehr, Israeli actor
  • 1970
    Zoë Ball, British television and radio presenter
  • 1971
    Chris Hardwick, American comedian
  • 1971
    Khalid Al-Muwallid, Saudi footballer
  • 1971
    Lisa Arch, American actress
  • 1971
    Vin Baker, American basketball player
  • 1972
    Alf-Inge Haaland, Norwegian footballer
  • 1972
    Chris Adler, American drummer (Lamb of God)
  • 1974
    Jamie Sharper, American football player
  • 1974
    Juventud Guerrera, Mexican professional wrestler
  • 1974
    Malik Rose, American basketball player
  • 1974
    Saku Koivu, Finnish ice hockey player
  • 1976
    Kohei Suwama, Japanese professional wrestler
  • 1976
    Murat Salar, Turkish footballer
  • 1976
    Page Kennedy, American actor
  • 1977
    Adam Eaton, American baseball player
  • 1977
    Myriam Boileau, Canadian diver
  • 1978
    Alison Mosshart, American musician
  • 1978
    Kayvan Novak, English actor
  • 1979
    Kelly Brook, English actress and model
  • 1979
    Nihat Kahveci, Turkish footballer
  • 1980
    David Britz, American nano-technologist
  • 1980
    Ishmael Beah, Sierra-Leone born American author
  • 1980
    Jonathan Papelbon, American baseball player
  • 1982
    Asafa Powell, Jamaican sprinter
  • 1982
    Colby Armstrong, Canadian ice-hockey player
  • 1983
    Nasser Al-Shamrani, Saudi Arabian footballer
  • 1983
    Thomas Pridgen, American musician
  • 1984
    Amruta Khanvilkar, Indian actress
  • 1984
    Lucas Grabeel, American actor and singer
  • 1985
    Ahn Hyun-Soo, South Korean short track skater
  • 1986
    Gia Johnson, British fashion model
  • 1986
    Luigi Scaglia, Italian footballer
  • 1986
    Maxene Magalona, Filipina actress
  • 1987
    Nicklas Bäckström, Swedish ice hockey player
  • 1987
    Nicole Polizzi, Chilean-born American reality television personality
  • 1988
    Saab Magalona, Filipina actress
  • 1992
    Miley Cyrus, American actress and singer
  • 1998
    Bradley Steven Perry, American child actor

Who Died On November 23?

  • 947
    Berthold, Duke of Bavaria
  • 955
    King Edred of England (b. c. 923)
  • 1407
    Louis of Valois, Duke of Orléans, brother of Charles VI of France (b. 1372)
  • 1457
    King Ladislaus Posthumus of Bohemia and Hungary (b. 1440)
  • 1499
    Perkin Warbeck, Flemish imposter (b. 1474)
  • 1503
    Bona of Savoy, Italian noblewoman (b. 1449)
  • 1503
    Margaret of York, wife of Charles I, Duke of Burgundy (b. 1446)
  • 1572
    Agnolo di Cosimo, Italian artist and poet (b. 1503)
  • 1585
    Thomas Tallis, English composer (b. 1505)
  • 1616
    Richard Hakluyt, English writer (b. 1552)
  • 1682
    Claude Lorrain, French painter (b. 1604)
  • 1763
    Friedrich Graf von Seckendorf, German soldier (b. 1673)
  • 1769
    Greek prince Constantine Mavrocordatos of Wallachia and Moldavia (b. 1711)
  • 1783
    Yoriyuki Arima, Japanese mathematician (b. 1714)
  • 1803
    Roger Newdigate, British politician (b. 1719)
  • 1804
    Richard Graves, British writer (b. 1715)
  • 1807
    Jean-François Rewbell, French politician (b. 1747)
  • 1814
    Elbridge Gerry, 5th Vice President of the United States of America (b. 1744)
  • 1833
    Jean-Baptiste Jourdan, French marshal (b. 1762)
  • 1890
    King William III of the Netherlands (b. 1817)
  • 1899
    Thomas Henry Ismay, British shipping company owner (b. 1837)
  • 1902
    Walter Reed, American bacteriologist (b. 1851)
  • 1905
    Sir John Scott Burdon-Sanderson, English physiologist (b. 1828)
  • 1910
    Dr H.H. Crippen, American murderer executed in England (b. 1862)
  • 1923
    Urmuz, Romanian writer (b. 1883)
  • 1934
    Giovanni Brunero, Italian cyclist (b. 1895)
  • 1937
    George Albert Boulenger, Belgian naturalist (b. 1858)
  • 1937
    Jagdish Chandra Bose, Indian physicist (b. 1858)
  • 1948
    Hack Wilson, American baseball player (b. 1900)
  • 1958
    Johnston McCulley, American writer (b. 1883)
  • 1958
    Nikolaos Georgantas, Greek athlete (b. 1880)
  • 1966
    Seán T. O'Kelly, Irish politician (b. 1882)
  • 1970
    Yusof bin Ishak, Singaporean politician (b. 1910)
  • 1972
    Marie Wilson, American actress (b. 1916)
  • 1973
    Sessue Hayakawa, Japanese actor (b. 1889)
  • 1974
    Cornelius Ryan, Irish-born author (b. 1920)
  • 1976
    André Malraux, French author (b. 1901)
  • 1979
    Judee Sill, American musician and songwriter (b. 1944)
  • 1979
    Merle Oberon, British actress (b. 1911)
  • 1982
    Grady Nutt, American humorist (b. 1934)
  • 1983
    Juhan Muks, Estonian artist (b. 1899)
  • 1983
    Waheed Murad, Pakistani actor (b. 1938)
  • 1990
    Bo Díaz, Venezuelan baseball player (b. 1953)
  • 1990
    Roald Dahl, British author (b. 1916)
  • 1991
    Klaus Kinski, German actor (b. 1926)
  • 1992
    Jean-François Thiriart, Belgian politician (b. 1922)
  • 1992
    Roy Acuff, American country musician (b. 1903)
  • 1994
    Art Barr, American professional wrestler (b. 1966)
  • 1994
    Tommy Boyce, American songwriter (b. 1939)
  • 1995
    Junior Walker, American musician (b. 1931)
  • 1995
    Louis Malle, French film director (b. 1932)
  • 1996
    Art Porter, Jr., American jazz musician (b. 1961)
  • 1996
    Mohamed Amin, Kenyan photojournalist (b. 1943)
  • 1997
    Jorge Mas Canosa, Cuban anti-Fidel Castro activist (b. 1939)
  • 1998
    Dan Osman, American rock climber (b. 1963)
  • 2000
    Rayner Unwin, British book publisher (b. 1925)
  • 2001
    Bo Belinsky, American baseball player (b. 1936)
  • 2001
    Mary Whitehouse, British social activist (b. 1910)
  • 2001
    O.C. Smith, American singer (b. 1932)
  • 2002
    Roberto Matta, Chilean painter (b. 1911)
  • 2004
    Pete Franklin, American talk radio host (b. 1928)
  • 2005
    Constance Cummings, American-born British actress (b. 1910)
  • 2005
    Frank Gatski, American football player (b. 1919)
  • 2006
    Alexander Litvinenko, Russian spy (b. 1962)
  • 2006
    Anita O'Day, American singer (b. 1919)
  • 2006
    Betty Comden, American lyricist (b. 1917)
  • 2006
    Jesus Blancornelas, Mexican journalist (b. 1936)
  • 2006
    Nick Clarke, English radio presenter (b. 1948)
  • 2006
    Philippe Noiret, French actor (b. 1930)
  • 2006
    Willie Pep, American boxer (b. 1922)
  • 2007
    Óscar Carmelo Sánchez, Bolivian footballer (b. 1971)
  • 2007
    Joe Kennedy, American baseball player (b. 1979)
  • 2007
    Pat Walsh, New Zealand rugby union footballer (b. 1936)
  • 2009
    Juzefas Jurgelevičius, Lithuanian footballer (b. 1947)
  • 2010
    Ingrid Pitt, Polish-born British actress (b. 1937)
  • 2010
    James Tyler, American musicologist and author (b. 1940)
  • 2010
    Joyce Howard, British film actress (b. 1922)

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