On This Day in History for November 23

Events in History

  • 602 Byzantine senate elects army officer Phocas Emperor in a mutiny against the reigning Emperor Maurice (who is then killed along with all his family)
  • 800 Charlemagne arrives in Rome to investigate the alleged crimes of Pope Leo III
  • 1165 Pope Alexander III returns from exile to Rome
  • 1227 Polish Prince Leszek I the White is assassinated at an assembly of Polish dukes at Gąsawa
  • 1248 Conquest of Seville by Christian troops under King Ferdinand III of Castile after the city capitulates
  • 1334 St Clemens Flood: Storm surge overwhelms dikes along Flemish and Dutch North Sea coast, killing thousands; city of Ostend moves church inland to higher ground (an effort repeated twice more over the next two centuries)
  • 1499 Flemish pretender to the English throne Perkin Warbeck hanged for reportedly attempting to escape from Tower of London. Invaded England in 1497, claiming to be the lost son of King Edward IV
  • 1556 King Philip II confers with Dutch financial experts
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Weddings in History

  • 1955 Physicist William Shockley (45) weds psychiatric nurse Emmy Lanning
  • 1974 South African ANC leader Thabo Mbeki (32) marries social worker Zanele Dlamini (36) in London, England

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