On November 23:
1644 Areopagitica, a pamphlet decrying censorship, and written by John Milton was published.
1869 the clipper Cutty Sark was launched – one of the last clippers ever to be built, and the only one still surviving.
1887 Boris Karloff, British actor, was born.
1888 Harpo Marx, American comedian, was born.
1889 The first jukebox went into operation at the Palais Royale Saloon in San Francisco.
1936 The first edition of Life was published.
1947 A civic funeral was held for the 41 victims of Ballantynes fire.
1949 Sandra Stevens, British singer, member of pop group Brotherhood of Man, was born.
1955 The Cocos Islands were transferred from the control of the United Kingdom to Australia.
1963 The BBC broadcast the first ever episode of Doctor Who, starring William Hartnell.
The eleven faces of the Doctor
1976 Apneist Jacques Mayol
is the first man to reach a depth of 100 m undersea without breathing equipment.
1990 The first all woman expedition to the south pole (3 Americans, 1 Japanese and 12 Russians), set off from Antarctica
on the 1st leg of a 70 day, 1287 kilometre ski trek.
1992 Miley Cyrus
, American actress and singer/songwriter, was born.
Sourced from NZ History Online and Wikipedia.