November 23 in Pop Culture History

November 23 History, Trivia, and Fun Facts

November 23 History Highlights

  • 1644 – John Milton published Areopagitica, a pamphlet decrying censorship.
  • November 23, 1886 Birthday (fictional) Clara Oswin Oswald, Doctor Who, TV
  • 1919 – The first broadcast play-by-play of a football game was between Texas A&M and The University of Texas. A&M won, 7-0.
  • 1924 – Edwin Hubble’s announced that the Andromeda “nebula” is actually another island galaxy far outside of our own Milky Way, via The New York Times.
  • 1971 – Representatives of the People’s Republic of China attended the United Nations, including the United Nations Security Council, for the first time.
  • If you were born on November 23rd,
    You were likely conceived the week of… March 1st (same year)

Fibonacci’s Sequence Day

Fibonacci’s Sequence Day – This sequence, made famous by the Italian mathematician, creates a spiral and begins with the numbers 1, 1, 2, 3, so the holiday is celebrated on November 23rd (11/23) every year.

November 23 is…

Eat A Cranberry Day
Fibonacci Day
National Cashew Day
National Espresso Day

November 23 Birthday Quotes

“As good almost kill a man as kill a good book. Who kills a man kills a reasonable creature, God’s image; but he who destroys a good book, kills reason itself, kills the image of God, as it were in the eye.”
– from Areopagitica, by John Milton

“Try to be nice, always be kind.”
-The Doctor

“When you’re up in life, your friends get to know who you are. When you’re down in life, you get to know who your friend are.”
– Steve Harvey

“I don’t know whether my life has been a success or a failure. But not having any anxiety about becoming one instead of the other, and just taking things as they come along, I’ve had a lot of extra time to enjoy life.”
– Harpo Marx

“As far as my dreams go, all I want to do is be a working actor, and I happily achieved that.”
– Lucas Grabeel


November 23 Birthdays

1804 – Franklin Pierce, American general, lawyer, and politician, 14th President of the United States (died in 1869)
1859 – Henry McCarty (aka Billy The Kid), American outlaw (died in 1881)
1887 – Boris Karloff, English actor (died in 1969)
1888 – Harpo Marx, American comedian, and musician (died in 1964)
1934 – Robert Towne, American actor, director, and screenwriter
1939 – Betty Everett, American singer, and pianist (died in 2001)
1950 – Charles Schumer, American Politician
1954 – Bruce Hornsby, American singer/songwriter
1956 – Steve Harvey, American comedian, and show host
1960 – Robin Roberts, American journalist
1970 – Zoë Ball, English radio and television host
1984 – Lucas Grabeel, American actor
1987 – Nicole Polizzi (aka Snooki), American reality TV star
1992 – Miley Cyrus, American Singer/Songwriter, and actress

November 23 History

1644 – John Milton published Areopagitica, a pamphlet decrying censorship.

1874 – A paper by Ferdinand Braun was published in the Annalen der Physik und Chemie describing his discovery of the electrical rectifier effect, the first semiconductor.

1889 – Debut of the first jukebox, the ‘nickel-in-the-slot phonograph’, at the Palais Royale Saloon, San Francisco. It could only be loaded with one cylinder (song) at a time.

1897 – The patent (#594,114) for a hand-cranked pencil sharpener was granted to John Lee Love of Fall River, Massachusetts.

1924 – Edwin Hubble’s discovery that the Andromeda Nebula was actually another island universe (galaxy) far outside of our own was first published in The New York Times.

1936 – Originally started in 1883, Life magazine was shifted into a picture magazine by Time magazine’s Henry R Luce. Prior to that, it is was humor and general interest magazine.

1963 – #1 Hit November 23, 1963 – December 6, 1963: Dale & Grace – I’m Leaving It Up to You

1963 – The first episode of the BBC’s Doctor Who premiered. ‘Doctor Who’ is not his name – we don’t know it. He is simply ‘The Doctor.’

1969 – The Rolling Stones made their final appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, singing featured the songs Gimme Shelter, Love In Vain, and Honky Tonk Woman.

1974 – #1 Hit November 23, 1974 – December 6, 1974: Billy Swan – I Can Help

1975 – NBC joined Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (in progress) at the conclusion of an overtime NFL game. Kids missed about 45 minutes of the film.

1980 (Earthquake) Conza, Italy – estimated 3,000 people were killed.

1982Terms of Endearment was released in US theaters.

November 23, 1986 Birthday (fictional) Clara Oswald, Doctor Who, TV

1991 – #1 Hit November 23, 1991 – November 29, 1991: Michael Bolton – When A Man Loves A Woman

1991 – Freddie Mercury (September 5, 1946November 24, 1991) confirmed that he has AIDS the day before he died.

1992 – The first ‘smartphone’, the IBM Simon, was introduced at COMDEX in Las Vegas, Nevada.

1993 – The Food Network made its debut.

2002 – The Miss World contest was forced to relocate to London from Abuja after riots by Islamic extremists opposed to the contest left more than 100 people dead and hundreds injured in Nigeria.

2015 – Blue Origin’s New Shepard space vehicle became the first rocket to successfully fly to space and then return to Earth for a controlled, vertical landing.

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

The background color in this section of the page is the official color of the Tardis from Doctor Who. (#003B6F)

“Listen to me, mister. You’re my knight in shining armor. Don’t you forget it. You’re going to get back on that horse, and I’m going to be right behind you, holding on tight, and away we’re gonna go, go, go!” – Ethel Thayer (Katharine Hepburn) in On Golden Pond, 1981

Every book you’ve ever read is just a different combination of 26 letters and a handful of symbols.

Only a representative of a government weather bureau or similar agency is allowed to bring a mercury weather thermometer or barometer on board an airplane.

Roy Rogers – Real Name: Leonard Slye

“I’m pretty sure there’s a lot more to life than being really, really, ridiculously good looking. And I plan on finding out what that is.” – Zoolander #moviequotes

Mapmakers fabricate streets and geographical landmarks, called “Trap Streets,” to catch copyright violators.

The term “American exceptionalism” was invented by Stalin because he was angry that America was the only Western democracy which showed little interest in Communism

The Capital of Congo, Republic of the is Brazzaville

TV Quotes… “Would you believe?” (Maxwell Smart) on “Get Smart”

Mary Catherine Collins is better known as Bo Derek.

In the Marvel Comics Universe, Jessica Jones went to the same high school Peter Parker attended and had a crush on him while they were classmates.

A group of Documents is called a Dossier.

Google’s search algorithm is actually a patent of Stanford University. Google acquired exclusive license rights in return for 1.8 million shares of stock, which Stanford sold in 2005.

A prime number (or a prime) is a natural number greater than 1 that has no positive divisors other than 1 and itself.
Prime Days include:
November: 11/2 ,11/3 ,11/5 ,11/7 ,11/11 ,11/13 ,11/17 ,11/19 ,11/23

February: 2/2 ,2/3 ,2/5 ,2/7 ,2/11 ,2/13 ,2/17 ,2/19 ,2/23 ,2/29/17, 2/29/19, 2/29/23, 2/29/29

March: 3/2 ,3/3 ,3/5 ,3/7 ,3/11 ,3/13 ,3/17 ,3/19 ,3/23 ,3/29 ,3/31

May: 5/2 ,5/3 ,5/5 ,5/7 ,5/11 ,5/13 ,5/17 ,5/19 ,5/23 ,5/29 ,5/31

July: 7/2 ,7/3 ,7/5 ,7/7 ,7/11 ,7/13 ,7/17 ,7/19 ,7/23 ,7/29 ,7/31

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