NOVEMBER 23 ~ ON THiS DAY in History

1644 – John Milton published Areopagitica, a pamphlet decrying censorship on the 23rd November 1644.

1887 – Boris Karloff the English actor was born on the 23rd November 1887 (died 1969).

1888 – Harpo Marx the American comedian and actor was born on the 23rd November 1888 (died 1964).

1889 – The first jukebox went into operation at the Palais Royale Saloon in San Francisco on the 23rd November 1889.

1910 – Johan Alfred Ander became the last person to be executed in Sweden on the 23rd November 1910.

1936 – Life magazine was reborn as a photo magazine on the 23rd November 1936.

1943 ~ Tony Bonner the Australian television, film and stage actor was born on the 23rd November 1943. Tony Bonner is well known for his work in television on Skippy the Bush KangarooCop Shop and Skyways.

1954 – Bruce Hornsby the American singer-songwriter and pianist was born on the 23rd November 1954.

1955 – The Cocos Islands were transferred from the control of the United Kingdom to Australia on the 23rd November 1955.

1960 – Robin Roberts the American journalist was born on the 23rd November 1960.

1961 – Merv Hughes the Australian cricketer was born on the 23rd November 1961.

1962Andrew Bovell the Australian writer for theatre, film and television was born in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia on the 23rd November 1962. Andrew Bovell iMDb

1963 – Doctor Who the world’s longest running science fiction drama was first broadcasted on the 23rd November 1963. The first episode starred William Hartnell.

1972 – The Soviet Union made its final attempt at successfully launching N-1 Rocket on the 23rd November 1972.

1976 – Apneist Jacques Mayol was the first man to reach a depth of 100m undersea without breathing equipment on the 23rd November 1976.

1980 – The Irpinia earthquake in southern Italy killed approximately 3,000 people on the 23rd November 1980.

1990 – The first all woman expedition to the South Pole (3 Americans, 1 Japanese and 12 Russians) set off from Antarctica on the 1st leg of a 70 day, 1287 kilometre ski trek on the 23rd November 1990.

1991 ~ Harley “Sylvester” Alexander-Sule from the English hip hop duo Rizzle Kicks was born on the 23rd November 1991.

1992 – The first Smartphone IBM Simon was introduced at COMDEX in Las Vegas, Nevada on the 23rd November 1992..

1992 ~ Miley Cyrus the American singer-songwriter and actress was born Destiny Hope Cyrus in Nashville, Tennessee on the 23rd November 1992. Miley Cyrus official website: | Miley Cyrus Twitter verified: | YouTube video: Miley Cyrus – We Can’t Stop (2013)

1993 – Rachel Whiteread won both the £20,000 Turner Prize award for best British modern artist and the £40,000 K Foundation art award for the worst artist of the year on the 23rd November 1993.

1996 – Ethiopian Airlines Flight 961 was hijacked, then crashed into the Indian Ocean off the coast of Comoros on the 23rdNovember 1996, killing 125 people. 50 people survived.

2001 – The Convention on Cybercrime was signed in BudapestHungary on the 23rd November 2001.

2005 – Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was elected president of Liberia and became the first woman to lead an African country on the 23rd November 2005.

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