What Happened on November 23

Significant Events

  • 1248 Conquest of Seville by Christian troops under King Ferdinand III of Castile after the city capitulates
  • 1644 Areopagitica, a pamphlet by John Milton, decrying censorship, is published.
  • 1869 In Dumbarton, Scotland, the clipper Cutty Sark is launched - one of the last clippers ever built, and the only one still surviving
  • 1964 Vatican abolishes Latin as official language of Roman Catholic liturgy
  • 2005 Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, elected president of Liberia, is the first woman to lead an African country.
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Did You Know?

Patent granted for a process of making color photographs

On November 23, 1863

Famous Weddings

  • 1940 RAF pilot Guy Gibson (22) weds show dancer and actress Eve Moore in Penarth’s Anglican Church
  • 1940 Film director David Lean (32) weds actress Kay Walsh (29)
  • 1955 Physicist William Shockley (45) weds psychiatric nurse Emmy Lanning
  • 1963 "12 Angry Men" director Sidney Lumet (39) weds Lena Horne's daughter Gail Jones
  • 1983 "Ordinary People" actress Mary Tyler Moore (46) weds Dr. Robert Levine at the Pierre Hotel in New York City
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