On This Day

What Happened on November 23, 1942

Day of the Week: Monday

Historical Events

  • 3rd & 5th Romanian army corps surrenders

World RecordPoon Lim's 133 Day South Atlantic Odyssey

Chinese steward Poon Lim begins 133 days adrift after British ship SS Benlomond torpedoed by german U-boat and he is the sole survivor
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Poon Lim and his raft, photo made on request of the US Navy for its Survival Training.
Poon Lim and his raft, photo made on request of the US Navy for its Survival Training.
  • German 4th & 6th Army surrounded at Stalingrad
  • Japanese bombing of Port Darwin, Australia
  • Soviet 21st Army recaptures Kalatsj at Don
  • US Coast Guard Woman's Auxiliary (SPARS) authorized

Famous Birthdays

  • Susan Anspach, American actress (Grace-Yellow Rose, Hair, Five Easy Pieces, Play It Again Sam), born in NYC, New York (d. 2018)