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 327th day of the year 2017 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 38 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Thursday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is November 10, 2017 – a Thursday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 419,832 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 ‘trihectaicosaheptagon’ 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 88 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 1,798 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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November 23 Historical Events

  • 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.
  • 1808
    French and Poles defeat the Spanish at battle of Tudela
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 2004
    The Holy Trinity Cathedral of Tbilisi, the largest religious building in Georgia, is consecrated.

Who were born on November 23?

  • 912
    Otto I, Holy Roman Emperor (d. 973)
  • 1859
    Billy the Kid, American outlaw (d. 1881)
  • 1887
    Eduardo Corrochio, Spanish dancer (d. 1943)
  • 1923
    Billy Haughton, American harness driver and trainer (d. 1986)
  • 1940
    Luis Tiant, Cuban baseball player
  • 1943
    Sue Nicholls, British actress
  • 1965
    Jennifer Michael Hecht, American poet and historian
  • 1971
    Lisa Arch, American actress
  • 1980
    Jonathan Papelbon, American baseball player
  • 1987
    Nicole Polizzi, Chilean-born American reality television personality

Who died on November 23?

  • 1499
    Perkin Warbeck, Flemish imposter (b. 1474)
  • 1814
    Elbridge Gerry, 5th Vice President of the United States of America (b. 1744)
  • 1902
    Walter Reed, American bacteriologist (b. 1851)
  • 1923
    Urmuz, Romanian writer (b. 1883)
  • 1972
    Marie Wilson, American actress (b. 1916)
  • 1992
    Roy Acuff, American country musician (b. 1903)
  • 2001
    Mary Whitehouse, British social activist (b. 1910)
  • 2006
    Betty Comden, American lyricist (b. 1917)
  • 2006
    Willie Pep, American boxer (b. 1922)
  • 2007
    Pat Walsh, New Zealand rugby union footballer (b. 1936)

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