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
  • 2005 Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, is elected president of Liberia, 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

Would You Believe?

Chinese steward Poon Lim begins 133 days arift 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)
  • 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
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