November 23 Today in History

Today’s Important Historical Events

1248 Conquest of Seville by Christian troops under King Ferdinand III of Castile after the city capitulates

1644 “Areopagitica”, a pamphlet by John Milton decrying censorship, is published

1869 The clipper Cutty Sark is launched In Dumbarton, Scotland, one of the last clippers ever built and the only one still surviving

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

2019 Sumatran rhino officially declared extinct in Malaysia after last known specimen, 25-year-old Iman, dies of cancer in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo

Today’s Historical Events

602 Byzantine senate elects army officer Phocas Emperor in a mutiny against the reigning Emperor Maurice (who is then killed)

800 Charlemagne arrives in Rome to investigate the alleged crimes of Pope Leo III

1165 Pope Alexander III returns from exile to Rome

1227 Polish Prince Leszek I the White is assassinated at an assembly of Polish dukes at Gąsawa

1248 Conquest of Seville by Christian troops under King Ferdinand III of Castile after the city capitulates

1334 St Clemens Flood: Dike breaks at Flemish/Zeeuwse/Dutch coast

1499 Flemish pretender to the English throne Perkin Warbeck hanged for reportedly attempting to escape from Tower of London. Invaded England in 1497, claiming to be the lost son of King Edward IV

1556 King Philip II confers with Dutch financial experts

Today’s Historical Events in Film and TV

1923 Cecil B. DeMille‘s first version of “The Ten Commandments” premieres in the USA

1926 Noël Coward‘s “This Was a Man” premieres in NYC

1953 KVFD (now KTIN) TV channel 21 in Ft Dodge, IA (NBC) 1st broadcast

1953 WJBF TV channel 6 in Augusta, GA (ABC) begins broadcasting

1960 Tinseltown dedicated its Walk of Fame at Hollywood Blvd & Vine St

1968 Musical revue “Noël Coward‘s Sweet Potato” closes at Booth Theatre, NYC, after 44 performances

1970 KNCT TV channel 46 in Belton/Killeen, TX (PBS) begins broadcasting

1984 “A Christmas Carol” directed by Clive Donner starring George C. Scott premieres in the UK

Today’s Historical Events in Music

1834 “Harold in Italy”, symphonic work for orchestra and viola by Hector Berlioz, premieres and at the Paris Conservatoire; Chrétien Urhan soloist, with Narcisse Girard conducting

1887 Opera “Trumpeter of Säckingen” 1st American production (NYC)

1903 Enrico Caruso makes his US debut at the Metropolitan Opera House, in New York in Verdi’s “Rigoletto”

1936 Legendary Delta blues musician Robert Johnson‘s first recording session with producer Don Law at the Gunter Hotel, San Antonio, Texas

1944 Arnold Schoenberg‘s “Ode to Napoleon” premieres in NYC

1946 “Gypsy Lady” closes at Century Theater NYC after 79 performances

1950 Howard Swanson’s “Short Symphony” premieres

1959 Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick’s musical “Fiorello!”, about New York City mayor Fiorello La Guardia, directed by George Abbott, and starring Tom Bosley, opens at Broadhurst Theater, NYC; runs for 796 performances, winning 3 Tony Awards

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1892 Pierre de Coubertin launches plan for modern Olympic Games at the Union des Sociétés Françaises de Sports Athlétiques AGM

1895 4th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 48-0 in Tuscaloosa

1904 III Summer (Modern) Olympic Games close in St Louis

1943 Philadelphia Phillies owner William D. Cox is permanently banned from baseball for having bet on his own team

1947 Washington Redskins quarterback Sammy Baugh passes for 6 touchdowns vs. Chicago Cardinals (45-21)

1956 Vladimir Kuts of the Soviet Union runs Olympic record 28:45.6 to win the 10,000m at the Melbourne Olympics; later also wins 5,000m gold

1960 Dodgers outfielder Frank Howard is voted NL Rookie of Year

1962 LA Dodgers shortstop Maury Wills is named National League MVP

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