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Historical Events on November 23

  • Saladin


    Saladin enters Damascus, and adds it to his domain.

  • Seville


    Conquest of Seville by Christian troops under King Ferdinand III of Castile.

  • Ottoman Empire


    First campaign of the Ottoman Empire against the Kingdom of Imereti (modern western Georgia). Ottoman armies sack the capital Kutaisi and burn Gelati Monastery.

  • John Milton


    John Milton publishes Areopagitica, a pamphlet decrying censorship.

  • American Civil War


    American Civil War: Battle of Chattanooga begins: Union forces led by General Ulysses S. Grant reinforce troops at Chattanooga, Tennessee, and counter-attack Confederate troops.

  • Mexican Revolution


    Mexican Revolution: The last of U.S. forces withdraw from Veracruz, occupied seven months earlier in response to the Tampico Affair.

  • World War II


    World War II: HMS Rawalpindi is sunk by the German battleships Scharnhorst and Gneisenau.

  • Iran-Contra affair


    Iran-Contra affair: Ronald Reagan signs the top secret National Security Decision Directive 17 (NSDD-17), giving the Central Intelligence Agency the authority to recruit and support Contra rebels in Nicaragua.

  • Arab Spring


    Arab Spring: After 11 months of protests in Yemen, Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh signs a deal to transfer power to the vice president, in exchange for legal immunity.

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