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, 24,664,320 minutes 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

  • 1248
    Conquest of Seville by the Christian troops under King Ferdinand III of Castile.
  • 1644
    John Milton publishes Areopagitica, a pamphlet decrying censorship.
  • 1889
    The first jukebox goes into operation at the Palais Royale Saloon in San Francisco.
  • 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.
  • 1946
    French Navy fire in Hai Phong, Viet Nam, kills 6,000 civilians.
  • 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.\"
  • 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.
  • 2004
    The Holy Trinity Cathedral of Tbilisi, the largest religious building in Georgia, is consecrated.
  • 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.

Who were born on November 23?

  • 1715
    Pierre Charles Le Monnier, French astronomer (d. 1799)
  • 1785
    Jan Roothaan, Dutch priest (d. 1853)
  • 1804
    Franklin Pierce, 14th President of the United States (d. 1869)
  • 1887
    Henry Moseley, English physicist (d. 1915)
  • 1897
    Nirad C. Chaudhuri, Indian writer (d. 1999)
  • 1908
    Nelson S. Bond, American writer (d. 2006)
  • 1923
    Billy Haughton, American harness driver and trainer (d. 1986)
  • 1927
    Angelo Sodano, Italian prelate and Cardinal
  • 1949
    Jerry verDorn, American actor
  • 1954
    Ross Brawn, English motorsport engineer and F1 team owner

Who died on November 23?

  • 955
    King Edred of England (b. c. 923)
  • 1682
    Claude Lorrain, French painter (b. 1604)
  • 1890
    King William III of the Netherlands (b. 1817)
  • 1923
    Urmuz, Romanian writer (b. 1883)
  • 1937
    Jagdish Chandra Bose, Indian physicist (b. 1858)
  • 1958
    Johnston McCulley, American writer (b. 1883)
  • 1990
    Bo Díaz, Venezuelan baseball player (b. 1953)
  • 2006
    Nick Clarke, English radio presenter (b. 1948)
  • 2007
    Pat Walsh, New Zealand rugby union footballer (b. 1936)
  • 2010
    Ingrid Pitt, Polish-born British actress (b. 1937)

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