- 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
- 2005 Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, is elected president of Liberia, the first woman to lead an African country
Patent granted for a process of making color photographs
On November 23, 1863
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