What are the important events that happened on November 23? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

November 23: Facts & Myths About This Day

November 23 is the 328th day of the year 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 38 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is November 10, 2016 – a Wednesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,479,859,200 seconds has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘trihectaicosaoctagon’ day.

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Sagittarius is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Topaz is the modern birthstone for this month. Pearl is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 66 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 1,433 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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November 23 Historical Events

  • 1510
    First campaign of Ottoman Empire against Kingdom of Imereti (modern western Georgia). Ottoman armies sack its capital Kutaisi and burn Gelati Monastery.
  • 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.
  • 1943
    World War II: Tarawa and Makin atolls fall to American forces.
  • 1946
    French Navy fire in Hai Phong, Viet Nam, kills 6,000 civilians.
  • 1972
    The Soviet Union makes its final attempt at successfully launching N-1 Rocket. The launch is a failure and the rocket is destroyed.
  • 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.
  • 2004
    The Holy Trinity Cathedral of Tbilisi, the largest religious building in Georgia, is consecrated.

Who were born on November 23?

  • 1889
    Harry Sunderland, Australian rugby league administrator and journalist (d. 1964)
  • 1897
    Nirad C. Chaudhuri, Indian writer (d. 1999)
  • 1902
    Victor Jory, Canadian actor (d. 1982)
  • 1916
    P. K. Page, Canadian poet (d. 2010)
  • 1935
    Vladislav Volkov, Soviet cosmonaut (d. 1971)
  • 1943
    Sue Nicholls, British actress
  • 1947
    Jean-Pierre Foucault, French television host
  • 1953
    Francis Cabrel, French singer
  • 1978
    Kayvan Novak, English actor
  • 1979
    Nihat Kahveci, Turkish footballer

Who died on November 23?

  • 947
    Berthold, Duke of Bavaria
  • 1769
    Greek prince Constantine Mavrocordatos of Wallachia and Moldavia (b. 1711)
  • 1804
    Richard Graves, British writer (b. 1715)
  • 1902
    Walter Reed, American bacteriologist (b. 1851)
  • 1979
    Judee Sill, American musician and songwriter (b. 1944)
  • 1990
    Bo Díaz, Venezuelan baseball player (b. 1953)
  • 1994
    Art Barr, American professional wrestler (b. 1966)
  • 1995
    Louis Malle, French film director (b. 1932)
  • 2006
    Alexander Litvinenko, Russian spy (b. 1962)
  • 2006
    Willie Pep, American boxer (b. 1922)

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