November 23: Fun Facts about Today in History

Today in History

Learn about the most intriguing events and historical facts that occurred on November 23 throughout history. The 327th day of the Gregorian calendar is November 23rd. After the Arab Spring protests, Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh signed documents handing power to Yemen’s Vice President; the first smartphone, the IBM Simon, was unveiled at COMDEX in Las Vegas; and the Manchester Martyrs were hanged in Manchester, England, after killing a police officer while releasing two Irish nationalists.

Sagittarius rules the 23rd of November. Miley Cyrus, Boris Karloff, and Robin Roberts all have November 23rd birthdays. Today is National Espresso Day and Black Friday.


(November 23, 1863)
The Battle of Chattanooga begins, resulting in a decisive Union victory during the American Civil War. General Ulysses S. Grant's Union forces resupply soldiers and counter-attack Confederate troops in Chattanooga, Tennessee. photo source:


(November 23, 1887)
Boris Karloff, an English actor most known for his sympathetic and scary depiction of the monster in the film Frankenstein (1931), was born. photo source:

(November 23, 1963) The first episode of the British science-fiction television series Doctor Who aired, and the show became a cultural touchstone in the United Kingdom.

(November 23, 1990)
Roald Dahl, a British novelist best known for his irreverent children's tales such as James and the Giant Peach (1961) and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964), passed away in Oxford, England. photo source:

(November 23, 1992)
The IBM Simon, the first smartphone, is unveiled at COMDEX in Las Vegas, Nevada. photo source:

Written by James

James has always been intrigued by dinosaurs, the universe, technology, and animals. With a Bachelor of Computer Science and years of writing expertise, he joined World Amazing Facts in 2021 as a staff writer.

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