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

  • 1510
    First campaign of Ottoman Empire against Kingdom of Imereti (modern western Georgia). Ottoman armies sack its capital Kutaisi and burn Gelati Monastery.
  • 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.
  • 1910
    Johan Alfred Ander becomes the last person to be executed in Sweden.
  • 1918
    Heber J. Grant succeeds Joseph F. Smith as the seventh president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
  • 1946
    French Navy fire in Hai Phong, Viet Nam, kills 6,000 civilians.
  • 1980
    A series of earthquakes in southern Italy kills approximately 3,000 people.
  • 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.
  • 2001
    The Convention on Cybercrime is signed in Budapest, Hungary.

Who were born on November 23?

  • 1869
    Valdemar Poulsen, Danish engineer (d. 1942)
  • 1888
    Harpo Marx, American comedian (d. 1964)
  • 1897
    Karl Gebhardt, German Nazi figure (d. 1948)
  • 1924
    Colin Turnbull, British anthropologist (d. 1994)
  • 1952
    Bill Troiano, American musician
  • 1953
    Johan de Meij, Dutch conductor and composer
  • 1955
    Ludovico Einaudi, Italian composer and pianist
  • 1974
    Juventud Guerrera, Mexican professional wrestler
  • 1978
    Alison Mosshart, American musician
  • 1986
    Luigi Scaglia, Italian footballer

Who died on November 23?

  • 955
    King Edred of England (b. c. 923)
  • 1763
    Friedrich Graf von Seckendorf, German soldier (b. 1673)
  • 1783
    Yoriyuki Arima, Japanese mathematician (b. 1714)
  • 1804
    Richard Graves, British writer (b. 1715)
  • 1899
    Thomas Henry Ismay, British shipping company owner (b. 1837)
  • 1958
    Johnston McCulley, American writer (b. 1883)
  • 1979
    Judee Sill, American musician and songwriter (b. 1944)
  • 1990
    Roald Dahl, British author (b. 1916)
  • 2001
    O.C. Smith, American singer (b. 1932)
  • 2005
    Constance Cummings, American-born British actress (b. 1910)

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