On This Day

On This Day in History for November 23 (Part 2)

Events in History

  • 1985 Retired CIA analyst Larry Wu-tai Chin, arrested of spying for China
  • 1988 France performs nuclear test

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1988 President Reagan announces that he is pocket-vetoing a bill designed to further restrict lobbying by former federal employees.

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • 1989 Pilots Union give up sympathy strike against Eastern Airlines
  • 1989 Xenophon Zolotas is sworn in as premier of Greece
  • 1992 10,000,000 cellular telephone sold
  • 1996 The Republic of Angola officially joins the World Trade Organization.
  • 1998 Agreement between Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and his rival, prince Norodom Ranariddh.
  • 2001 Convention on Cybercrime is signed in Budapest, Hungary.

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2003 Georgian president Eduard Shevardnadze resigns following weeks of mass protests over flawed elections

President of Georgia and Soviet Diplomat Eduard Shevardnadze
President of Georgia and Soviet Diplomat
Eduard Shevardnadze
  • 2004 World of Warcraft, multiplayer online role-playing video game released, world's most subscribed game
  • 2007 MS Explorer, a cruise liner carrying 154 people, sank in the Antarctic Ocean south of Argentina after hitting an iceberg near the South Shetland Islands.
  • 2008 Economists at the University of Hawaii report that the state entered recession in the previous quarter based on the drop in tourist figures and growing unemployment, with 8,800 jobs expected to be cut in 2009
  • 2009 Maguindanao massacre occurs in Ampatuan, Maguindanao, Mindanao, Philippines
  • 2010 The Bombardment of Yeonpyeong occurs on Yeonpyeong Island, South Korea. The North Korean artillery attack kills 2 civilians and 2 South Korean marines.
  • 2011 Arab Spring: After 11 months of protests in Yemen, The Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh Signs a deal to transfer power to the vice president, in exchange for legal immunity.

  • 2012 JR Tokai unveil a maglev LO train prototype capable of travelling up to 500km per hour
  • 2014 An adviser to the Kenyan president says the slaughter of 28 people on a bus by the Somali militant Islamist group al-Shabab is intended to create a religious war in the country
  • 2014 A magnitude 6.7 earthquake strikes central Japan

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2014 Republicans condemn US President Obama's use of executive powers to force through immigration reform

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • 2014 Mass protests in Mexico by relatives of 43 missing Mexican students, who the authorities say were murdered by a drugs gang

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2015 President Yahya Jammeh of Gambia bans "Khatna", the Islamic ritual practice of genital mutilation of young girls [1]

Dictator and President of Gambia Yahya Jammeh
Dictator and President of Gambia
Yahya Jammeh
  • 2017 Papua New Guinea Police storm Manus Island refugee camp, forcibly removing asylum seekers
  • 2018 US Federal Climate report finds climate change will reduce economy by 10% by 2100 with $141 billion cost from heat-related deaths, $118 billion from sea level rise
  • 2018 Alabama police kill the wrong suspect after a gunman shoots 18-year-old man and 12-year-old girl at Riverchase Galleria Mall in Hoovermall
  • 2019 Sumatran rhino officially declared extinct in Malaysia after last known specimen, 25-year-old Iman, dies of cancer in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo
  • 2020 AstraZeneca is the third drugmaker to report an effective vaccine for COVID-19 (62% or 90% effective depending on how it is given) and easy-to make and distribute
  • 2020 Charli D'Amelio becomes the first person to hit 100 million followers on TikTok
  • 2020 China launches Chang’e-5 mission to the Moon from Wenchang space site, Hainan Island, to collect lunar rock and soil samples

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2020 US President-elect Joe Biden introduces his new cabinet including Alejandro Mayorkas 1st Latino head of homeland security, Avril Haines 1st female director of national intelligence

46th US President, Vice President and Senator Joe Biden
46th US President, Vice President and Senator
Joe Biden

Birthdays in History

  • 1970 Zoë Ball, British television and radio presenter, born in Blackpool, United Kingdom
  • 1980 David Britz, American nano-technologist
  • 1991 Anurag Kashyap, 2005 Scripps National Spelling Bee champion, born in Muzaffarpur, India

Weddings in History


Deaths in History