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, 411,072 hours 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

  • 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.
  • 1808
    French and Poles defeat the Spanish at battle of Tudela
  • 1910
    Johan Alfred Ander becomes the last person to be executed in Sweden.
  • 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.
  • 1955
    The Cocos Islands are transferred from the control of the United Kingdom to Australia.
  • 1963
    The BBC broadcasts the first ever episode of Doctor Who (starring William Hartnell) which is the world’s longest running science fiction drama.
  • 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.
  • 2005
    Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is elected president of Liberia and becomes the first woman to lead an African country.
  • 2010
    The Bombardment of Yeonpyeong occurs on Yeonpyeong Island, South Korea. The North Korean artillery attack kills 2 civilians and 2 South Korean marines.

Who were born on November 23?

  • 1616
    John Wallis, English mathematician (d. 1703)
  • 1855
    Stevan Sremac, Serbian writer
  • 1897
    Nirad C. Chaudhuri, Indian writer (d. 1999)
  • 1944
    James Toback, American writer and director
  • 1946
    Diana Quick, English actress
  • 1950
    Chuck Schumer, American politician
  • 1953
    Johan de Meij, Dutch conductor and composer
  • 1959
    Dominique Dunne, American actress (d. 1982)
  • 1968
    Hamid Hassani, Iranian scholar and lexicographer
  • 1978
    Kayvan Novak, English actor

Who died on November 23?

  • 1890
    King William III of the Netherlands (b. 1817)
  • 1899
    Thomas Henry Ismay, British shipping company owner (b. 1837)
  • 1958
    Nikolaos Georgantas, Greek athlete (b. 1880)
  • 1979
    Merle Oberon, British actress (b. 1911)
  • 2001
    Mary Whitehouse, British social activist (b. 1910)
  • 2006
    Alexander Litvinenko, Russian spy (b. 1962)
  • 2006
    Betty Comden, American lyricist (b. 1917)
  • 2006
    Nick Clarke, English radio presenter (b. 1948)
  • 2006
    Philippe Noiret, French actor (b. 1930)
  • 2007
    Pat Walsh, New Zealand rugby union footballer (b. 1936)

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