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23 November: On This Day In History | What Special Day Is Today?


23 November: In a year, the 23rd of November is the 327th day as per the Georgian Calendar. In a leap year, it is the 328th day of the year.

What special day is today? This day has its distinctiveness and importance in history.

Let’s explore people who have carved a niche for themselves on 23rd November. We may also need to scan through the events that happened today.

23 November: On This Day In History | What Special Day Is Today?

What Happened Today? On This Day in History: 23 November

Art & Artists

  • 534 BC Thespis of Icaria, the ancient Greek poet, and actor became the first chronicled actor to depict a character on stage.
  • 1991 Freddie Mercury, the lead singer of Queen (a British rock band) made it public that he is HIV-positive. The next day, he was no more!

Science & Technology

  • 1992Launch of the IBM Simon, the world’s first Smartphone at the COMDEX exhibition in Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • 2015New Shepard spacecraft (Blue Origin’s) became the first rocket to effectively fly to space and then come back to Earth for a controlled-vertical landing.

Leaders & Politics

  • 1971 China’s representatives started attending sessions for the first time at the UN and the UNSC.
  • 2005Ellen Johnson Sirleaf becomes the first woman to lead a country in Africa after getting elected as Liberia’s president on this day.

People & Society

  • 1936 Publication of Life (a leading photojournalism magazine) started in New York City, the US.
  • 2019 Imam, the last Sumatran species rhinoceros died in Malaysia which made the official extinction of the species in the country.

Disasters: Natural & Man-made

  • 1946 The bombardment by French naval of the port city of Haiphong killed no less than 6,000 civilians from Vietnam.
  • 1978 A cyclone devastated part of eastern Sri Lanka killing approximately 1,000 people, affecting about one million people, and damaging over 250,000 buildings.

Discoveries & Explorations

  • 1935Lincoln Ellsworth, the American explorer reached the Ellsworth Land located in  he claimed the land for the United States. Interestingly, the claim was never taken up by the U.S. government.
  • 1972The then Soviet Union made an ultimate attempt for a successful launch of the N1 rocket but failed.

Leisure & Sports

  • 1892Launch of the plan for modern Olympic Games by Pierre de Coubertin in France.
  • 1986 Martina Navratilova beat Steffi Graf to win her 8th WTA title.

Birth Anniversaries (23 November)

  • 1887 Henry Moseley (British physicist)
  • 1926 Sathya Sai Baba (Indian spiritual guru)
  • 1956 Shane Gould (Australian swimmer)
  • 1967 Gary Kirsten (Cricketer from South Africa)

Death Anniversaries (23 November)

  • 1572 Bronzino (Italian painter and poet)
  • 1806 Roger Newdigate (English politician)
  • 2006 Anita O’Day (American singer
  • 2014 Pat Quinn (Canadian ice hockey player)

What Special Day is Today: (23 November)

  • St George’s Day (Georgia)
  • Rudolf Maister Day (Slovenia)
  • Labor Thanksgiving Day (Japan)
  • Repudiation Day (Frederick County, Maryland, United States)


The factual story of the day (23 November) covers the entire globe and a lot of well-known personalities.

The day has remained a silent observer of what happened on this day in history.

Providing our readers with authentic facts and figures, for each day, is what boosts us here.

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