On This Day

What Happened on November 23

Important 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 The clipper Cutty Sark is launched In Dumbarton, Scotland, one of the last clippers ever built and the only one still surviving
  • 2005 Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, is elected president of Liberia, the first woman to lead an African country
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November 23 in Film & TV

November 23 in Music

  • 1979 Pink Floyd's "The Wall" released, sells 6 million copies in 2 weeks

November 23 in Sport

  • 1892 Pierre de Coubertin launches plan for modern Olympic Games at the Union des Sociétés Françaises de Sports Athlétiques AGM

Did You Know?

Patent granted for a process of making color photographs

On November 23, 1863

Would You Believe?

Chinese steward Poon Lim begins 133 days adrift after British ship SS Benlomond torpedoed by german U-boat and he is the sole survivor

On November 23, 1942

Famous Weddings

  • 1929 Academy Award-winning Shirley Booth marries comic actor Ed Gardner
  • 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)
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