Today's Holidays for November 23
Feast Day of Saint Felicitas Patron saint of barren women.
Feast Day of Saint Clement Patron saint of stone cutters.
Today's History Trivia for November 23
1992 First Smartphone IBM debuts the "Angler" at the COMDEX trade show. It combined a mobile phone and PDA allowing the user to make and receive telephone calls, facsimiles, emails and pages. It also included a calendar, address book, notepad, maps, stocks, and news. It became publicly available two years later as the "Simon Personal Communicator."
1996 Flight 961 Hijacking Ethiopian Airlines Flight 961 is hijacked en route from Addis Ababa to Nairobi by three Ethiopians seeking asylum in Australia. The plane crashed into the Indian Ocean when it ran out of fuel. 125 of the 175 passengers and crew died, including the hijackers.
1985 Shakespeare A previously unknown poem by William Shakespeare is discovered in the Oxford University library by an American scholar. It was written around 1594.
1981 U.S. federal government temporarily shuts down for the first time when Pres. Reagan vetoes a stopgap spending bill.
1958 A Turkey for the President Future President and first lady Ronald and Nancy Reagan portray an Indian couple in this Thanksgiving presentation of General Electric Theater.
1936 First issue of Life magazine.
1919 First play-by-play radio broadcast of a U.S. football game Texas A&M beats Univ. of Texas (7-0).
1914 U.S. forces are withdrawn from Vera Cruz Mexico, after Carranza replaced Huerta as president.
1889 First jukebox is installed, in San Francisco.
Today's Birthdays for November 23
1992 Miley Cyrus (Destiny Hope Cyrus), American singer, actress. TV: Hannah Montana (2006, Miley Stewart). Music: Meet Miley Cyrus (2007).
1954 Bruce Hornsby American Grammy-winning singer, keyboardist.
1930 Ricou Browning American actor, underwater cinemaphotographer. Film: The Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954, the creature in the underwater scenes). He also worked underwater sequence director on Island of the Lost (1967), Thunderball (1965) and Never Say Never Again (1983).
1926 Alice Lon d. 1981 (Alice Lon Wyche), American singer, TV personality. Lawrence Welk's original Champagne Lady (1955-59). Welk fired her showing too much knee on camera.
1914 Emmett Littleton Ashford d. 1980 American baseball umpire. He was the first black major-league umpire (1966, American League). His flamboyant style prompted one reporter to declare, "For the first time in the history of the grand old American game, baseball fans may buy a ticket to watch an umpire perform." Source: Famous First Facts
1887 Boris Karloff d. 1969 (William Henry Pratt), English horror actor. Stage: Arsenic and Old Lace (1941, Jonathan Brewster) and Peter Pan (1951, Captain Hook). Film: Frankenstein (1931, the monster) and The Mummy (1932, title role). TV: How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966, narrator).
1869 Valdemar Poulsen d. 1942 Danish electrical engineer. Invented the telegraphone (1899), the forerunner to the modern tape recorder, and the arc transmitter (1903) used in early radio stations.
1749 Edward Rutledge d. 1800 American politician, member of the first Continental Congress (1774) and signer of the Declaration of Independence.
1221 Alfonso X d. 1284 called "Alfonso the Wise," King of León and Castile (1252-82).
circa 1195 Clement IV d. 1268 French-born religious leader, 183rd Pope (1265-68). He renewed the prohibition of the Talmud and ordered that the Jews of Aragon submit their books for censorship.
912 Otto I d. 973 "Otto the Great," Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire (962-73), first of the Saxon kings.
Deaths for November 23
2016 Jerry Tucker b. 1925 (Jerome H. Schatz), American actor. One of The Little Rascals. He appeared in 17 Our Gang films as the "rich kid." During his service in the US Navy during WWII, he was injured when his ship was hit by a Japanese Kamikaze.
2016 Andrew Sachs b. 1930 (Andreas Siegfried Sachs), British actor. TV: Fawlty Towers (1975 & 1979, Spanish waiter Manuel). Film: Are You Being Served? (1977). Music: Manuel's Good Food Guide.
2014 Marion Barry b. 1936 (Marion Shepilov Barry, Jr.) American politician, mayor of Washington, D.C. (1979-91). He was arrested in 1990 for crack cocaine use and possession.
2012 Larry Hagman b. 1931 American actor. TV: I Dream of Jeanie (Master) and Dallas (J.R. Ewing).
1995 Louis Malle b. 1932 French Oscar-winning film director. Film: Le Monde du silence (1956, Oscar best documentary), Murmur of the Heart (1971), Atlantic City (1980), and My Dinner With Andre (1981).
1992 Roy Claxton Acuff b. 1903 American country singer, called the King of country. Songs: Wabash Cannonball and The Great Speckled Bird. He was the first living artist elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame (1962).
1990 Roald Dahl b. 1916 British author, coined the word "Gremlin" and wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (made into the 1971 movie Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory).
1958 Johnston McCulley b. 1883 American author, creator of Zorro. Writings: The Mark of Zorro (1920) and The Curse of Capistrano (1920).
1902 Walter Reed b. 1851 American Army surgeon. He proved that Aëdes aegypti mosquitoes carry the yellow-fever virus (1900).
1890 William III b. 1817 King of Holland (1849-90). In 1862 he decreed the end of slavery in the Dutch West Indies.
1814 Elbridge Gerry b. 1744 5th U.S. Vice-President (1813-14), signer of the Declaration of Independence, father of the "gerrymander."