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.
2005 – Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is elected president of Liberia and becomes the first woman to lead an African country.
1992 – The first smartphone, the IBM Simon, is introduced at COMDEX in Las Vegas, Nevada.
1976 – Apneist Jacques Mayol is the first man to reach a depth of 100 m undersea without breathing equipment.
1971 – Representatives of the People's Republic of China attend the United Nations, including the United Nations Security Council, for the first time.
1963 – The BBC broadcasts the first episode of An Unearthly Child (starring William Hartnell), the first story from the first series of Doctor Who, which is now the world's longest running science fiction drama.
1943 – World War II: Tarawa and Makin atolls fall to American forces.
1934 – An Anglo-Ethiopian boundary commission in the Ogaden discovers an Italian garrison at Walwal, well within Ethiopian territory. This leads to the Abyssinia Crisis.
1924 – Edwin Hubble's discovery, that the Andromeda "nebula" is actually another island galaxy far outside of our own Milky Way, is first published in The New York Times.
1889 – The first jukebox goes into operation at the Palais Royale Saloon in San Francisco.
1863 – 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.
1510 – First campaign of the Ottoman Empire against the Kingdom of Imereti (modern western Georgia). Ottoman armies sack the capital Kutaisi and burn Gelati Monastery.
534 BC – Thespis of Icaria becomes the first recorded actor to portray a character onstage.
1992 – Miley Cyrus, American singer-songwriter and actress. Cyrus' personal life, public image, and performances have often sparked controversy and received widespread media coverage.
1985 – Mike Tolbert, American football player. He played college football for Coastal Carolina University.
1980 – David Britz, American nanotechnologist and engineer. David Alexander Britz (born November 23, 1980) is an American scientist and engineer who is best known for his contributions to the field of materials science and nanotechnology.
1980 – Ishmael Beah, Sierra Leonean child soldier and American author. Ishmael Beah (born 23 November 1980) is a Sierra Leonean author and human rights activist who rose to fame with his acclaimed memoir, A Long Way Gone.
1980 – Jonathan Papelbon, American baseball player. The Red Sox drafted him in the 4th round of the 2003 Major League Baseball Draft, and he played three seasons of minor league baseball before breaking into the majors.
1978 – Alison Mosshart, American singer-songwriter. Alison Nicole Mosshart (born November 23, 1978) is an American singer, songwriter, artist, and the lead vocalist for the rock band The Kills and blues rock band The Dead Weather.
1978 – Tommy Marth, American saxophonist (d. 2012), was an American saxophone player, best known for his recordings and live performances with The Killers. He toured widely with the band in 2008–2009, and also played on the albums Sam's Town and Day & Age.
1976 – Page Kennedy, American actor and rapper. Kennedy has also starred in film, including roles in S.W.A.T. and The Meg.
1976 – Tony Renna, American race car driver (d. 2003), was an American racing driver who competed in Indy Lights and the Indy Racing League (IRL) from 1998 to 2003. Renna began competitive racing at the age of six, winning 252 races and two national quarter-midget championship before the age of 15.
1974 – Jamie Sharper, American football player. He is the older brother of safety Darren Sharper.
1974 – Malik Rose, American basketball player and sportscaster. In 2018, Rose became an assistant general manager for the Detroit Pistons in the National Basketball Association.
1971 – Chris Hardwick, American comedian, actor, producer, and television host. From 2013 to 2017, he hosted @midnight with Chris Hardwick, a nightly comedy-game show series on Comedy Central.
1971 – Lisa Arch, American actress. Lisa Arch (née Kushell; born November 23, 1971) is an American comedian and actress known for her roles in the 1997–98 season of the FOX Network comedy show, MADtv, as cohost of TBS's Dinner and a Movie from 2002 to 2005, and as the recurring character of Samantha Samuels on Disney Channel's Cory in the House.
1971 – Vin Baker, American basketball player and coach. Vincent Lamont Baker (born November 23, 1971) is an American retired professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA).
1970 – Danny Hoch, American actor and screenwriter. He is also known for his one man shows.
1970 – Oded Fehr, Israeli-American actor. Oded Fehr (Hebrew: עודד פהר; born November 23, 1970) is an Israeli actor, currently based in the United States.
1967 – Salli Richardson, American actress, director, and producer. Allison Blake on the Syfy comedy-drama series Eureka (2006–2012).
1966 – Jerry Kelly, American golfer. Jerome Patrick Kelly (born November 23, 1966) is an American professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour and PGA Tour Champions.
1965 – Jennifer Michael Hecht, American historian, author, and poet. She was an associate professor of history at Nassau Community College (1994-2007) and most recently taught at The New School in New York City.
1963 – Gwynne Shotwell, American businesswoman, President and Chief Operating Officer of SpaceX. As of 2018, she is listed as the 59th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes.
1962 – Lance King, American singer-songwriter and producer. Lance has sung with many groups over the last 35 years and started the record label Nightmare in 1990 to release his own music and is presently still at the helm of the label.
1961 – John Schnatter, American businessman, founded Papa John's Pizza. Schnatter stepped down as CEO on January 1, 2018, after comments he made in November 2017 criticizing National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell for allegedly not doing anything about national anthem protests by football players.
1961 – Keith Ablow, American psychiatrist and author. Keith Russell Ablow (born November 23, 1961) is an American author, television personality, and former psychiatrist.
1959 – Maxwell Caulfield, English-American actor. He recently appeared as the King in A Prince for Christmas (2015).
1955 – Mary Landrieu, American politician. Mary Loretta Landrieu (/ˈlændruː/ LAN-drew; born November 23, 1955) is an American politician, entrepreneur, and former Senator for the state of Louisiana.
1955 – Steven Brust, American singer-songwriter, drummer, and author (Cats Laughing). Steven Karl Zoltán Brust (born November 23, 1955) is an American fantasy and science fiction author of Hungarian descent.
1954 – Bruce Hornsby, American singer-songwriter and pianist. He draws frequently from classical, jazz, bluegrass, folk, Motown, gospel, rock, blues, and jam band musical traditions.
1954 – Glenn Brummer, American baseball player. Glenn Edward Brummer (born November 23, 1954 in Olney, Illinois) is a former Major League Baseball catcher.
1953 – Rick Bayless, American chef and author. Rick Bayless (born November 23, 1953) is an American chef and restaurateur who specializes in traditional Mexican cuisine with modern interpretations.
1952 – Bill Troiano, American tuba player and educator. Known as Mr.
1950 – Carlos Eire, Cuban-born American author and academic. Eire received his Bachelor of Arts in History and Theology in 1973 from Loyola University, Chicago.
1950 – Charles Schumer, American lawyer and politician, was first elected in 1998. A member of the Democratic Party, he has also served as the Senate Minority Leader since 2017.
1949 – Alan Paul, American singer-songwriter and actor. Alan Paul Wichinsky (born November 23, 1949, Newark, New Jersey) is a Grammy Award–winning singer and composer, best known as one of the founding members of the current incarnation of the vocal group The Manhattan Transfer.
1948 – Bruce Vilanch, American actor and screenwriter. Vilanch is best known to the public for his four-year stint on Hollywood Squares, as a celebrity participant; behind the scenes he was head writer for the show.
1946 – Bobby Rush, American activist and politician. Representative for Illinois's 1st congressional district, serving in Congress for more than two decades.
1945 – Jerry Harris, American sculptor, was an abstract sculptor, collagist and writer. Harris was primarily a constructivist sculptor, working in media such as wood, stone, bronze, fiberglass, clay, metal, mixed media (found objects), and collage.
1945 – Jim Doyle, American lawyer and politician, 44th Governor of Wisconsin. Although in 2002 Democrats increased their number of governorships, Doyle was the only one of them to unseat a sitting Republican governor.
1944 – James Toback, American actor, director, and screenwriter. He has directed films including The Pick-up Artist, Two Girls and a Guy and Black and White.
1944 – Joe Eszterhas, Hungarian-American screenwriter and producer. He has also written several books, including an autobiography entitled Hollywood Animal, American Rhapsody and Crossbearer: A Memoir of Faith.
1942 – Susan Anspach, American actress, was an American stage, film and television actress, who was best known for her roles in films during the 1970s and 1980s such as Five Easy Pieces (1970), Play It Again, Sam (1972), Blume in Love (1973), Montenegro (1981), Blue Monkey (1987), and Blood Red (1989).
1940 – Luis Tiant, Cuban-American baseball player and coach. Luis Clemente Tiant Vega (Spanish pronunciation: ) (born November 23, 1940) is a former Major League Baseball (MLB) right-handed starting pitcher.
1939 – Betty Everett, American singer and pianist (d. 2001), was an American soul singer and pianist, best known for her biggest hit single, the million-selling "Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss)", and her duet "Let It Be Me" with Jerry Butler.
1936 – Steve Landesberg, American actor and screenwriter (d. 2010), was an American actor, comedian, and voice actor known for his role as the erudite, unflappable police detective Arthur P. Dietrich on the ABC sitcom Barney Miller, for which he was nominated for three Emmy Awards.
1934 – Robert Towne, American actor, director, and screenwriter. Robert Towne (born Robert Bertram Schwartz; November 23, 1934) is an American screenwriter, producer, director and actor.
1932 – Michel David-Weill, French-American banker. Michel David-Weill (born November 23, 1932) is an investment banker and former Chairman of New York City-based Lazard Frères.
1930 – Jack McKeon, American baseball player and manager. John Aloysius McKeon (/məˈkiːən/; born November 23, 1930), nicknamed "Trader Jack," is a former American Major League Baseball manager and front-office executive.
1930 – Robert Easton, American actor (d. 2011). Robert Easton may refer to:
1929 – Gloria Lynne, American singer (d. 2013), was an American jazz vocalist with a recording career spanning from 1958 to 2007.
1929 – Hal Lindsey, American evangelist and author. He is most famous for writing a series of popular apocalyptic books suggesting that the rapture was likely to occur in the 1980s.
1928 – Elmarie Wendel, American actress and singer. Born on a farm in Howard County, Iowa, one of five siblings, Wendel spent her childhood traveling with her musical parents and dancing with her sisters in and around the Midwest in club and concert hall venues, including the Grand Ole Opry.
1928 – Jerry Bock, American composer (d. 2010), was an American musical theater composer. He received the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama with Sheldon Harnick for their 1959 musical Fiorello! and the Tony Award for Best Composer and Lyricist for the 1964 musical Fiddler on the Roof with Sheldon Harnick.
1927 – Guy Davenport, American author and scholar (d. 2005), was an American writer, translator, illustrator, painter, intellectual, and teacher.
1926 – R. L. Burnside, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2005). Burnside was born in 1926 to Earnest Burnside and Josie Malone, in either Harmontown, College Hill, or Blackwater Creek, all of which are in the rural part of Lafayette County, Mississippi, near the area that would be covered by Sardis Lake a few years later.
1925 – Johnny Mandel, American composer and conductor. John Alfred Mandel (born November 23, 1925) is an American composer and arranger of popular songs, film music and jazz.
1924 – Colin Turnbull, English-American anthropologist and author (d. 1994), was a British-American anthropologist who came to public attention with the popular books The Forest People (on the Mbuti Pygmies of Zaire) and The Mountain People (on the Ik people of Uganda), and one of the first anthropologists to work in the field of ethnomusicology.
1924 – Irvin J. Borowsky, American publisher and philanthropist (d. 2014). Borowsky (November 23, 1924 – November 25, 2014) was an American publisher and philanthropist.
1924 – Josephine D'Angelo, American baseball player and educator (d. 2013), was an American baseball left fielder who played from 1943 through 1944 in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Listed at 5 ft 0 in (152 cm), 135 lb, she batted and threw right-handed.
1924 – Paula Raymond, American model and actress (d. 2003), was an American model and actress who played the leading lady in numerous movies and television series. She was the niece of American pulp-magazine editor Farnsworth Wright.
1923 – Billy Haughton, American harness racer and trainer (d. 1986). Breeders Crown wins: Breeders Crown 3YO Filly Pace (1984)Breeders Crown 3YO Colt & Gelding Pace (1985)Breeders Crown 2YO Filly Pace (1985)
1923 – Daniel Brewster, American colonel, lawyer, and politician (d. 2007), was a Democratic member of the United States Senate, representing the State of Maryland from 1963 until 1969. He was also a member of the Maryland House of Delegates from 1950 to 1958, and a representative from the 2nd congressional district of Maryland in the United States House of Representatives from 1959 to 1963.
1923 – Gloria Whelan, American author and poet. Gloria Whelan (born November 23, 1923) is an American poet, short story writer, and novelist known primarily for children's and young adult fiction.
1923 – Julien J. LeBourgeois, American admiral (d. 2012), was a retired vice admiral of the United States Navy. His career included service in World War II, the Cold War, and the Vietnam War, duty aboard and command of cruisers and destroyers, various planning and staff assignments, and a tour as President of the Naval War College.
1915 – John Dehner, American actor (d. 1992), was an American actor and animator. He played roles in radio, television, and film, often as droll villains.
1915 – Marc Simont, French-American illustrator (d. 2013), was a Paris-born American artist, political cartoonist, and illustrator of more than a hundred children's books. Inspired by his father, Spanish painter Joseph Simont, he began drawing at an early age.
1914 – Donald Nixon, American businessman (d. 1987), was a younger brother of United States President Richard Nixon.
1914 – Wilson Tucker, American projectionist and author (d. 2006), was an American theater technician who became well known as a writer of mystery, action adventure, and science fiction under the name Wilson Tucker.
1912 – George O'Hanlon, American actor and screenwriter (d. 1989), was an American actor, comedian, writer and director. He was best known for his role as Joe McDoakes in the Warner Bros.' live-action Joe McDoakes short subjects from 1942 to 1956 and as the voice of George Jetson in Hanna-Barbera's 1962 prime-time animated television series The Jetsons and its 1985 revival.
1908 – Nelson S. Bond, American author and playwright (d. 2006), was an American author who wrote extensively for books, magazines, radio, television and the stage.
1907 – Run Run Shaw, Chinese-Hong Kong businessman and philanthropist, founded Shaw Brothers Studio and TVB (d. 2014), was a Hong Kong entertainment mogul and philanthropist. He was one of the most influential figures in the Asian entertainment industry.
1902 – Aaron Bank, American colonel (d. 2004), was a United States Army officer who founded the US Army Special Forces, commonly known as the "Green Berets". He is also known for his exploits as an OSS officer during World War II, when he parachuted into France to coordinate the French Resistance and organizing an operation intended to capture Adolf Hitler.
1902 – Victor Jory, Canadian-American actor (d. 1982), was a Canadian-American actor of stage, film, and television. He initially played romantic leads, but later was mostly cast in villainous or sinister roles, like Oberon in A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935) and Jonas Wilkerson in Gone with the Wind (1939).
1888 – Harpo Marx, American actor and singer (d. 1964), was an American comedian, actor, mime artist, and musician, and the second-oldest of the Marx Brothers. In contrast to the mainly verbal comedy of his brothers Groucho Marx and Chico Marx, Harpo's comic style was visual, being an example of both clown and pantomime traditions.
1868 – Mary Brewster Hazelton, American painter (d. 1953), was an American portrait painter. She attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where she was later an instructor.
1864 – Henry Bourne Joy, American businessman (d. 1936), was President of the Packard Motor Car Company, and a major developer of automotive activities as well as being a social activist.
1804 – Franklin Pierce, American general, lawyer, and politician, 14th President of the United States (d. 1869), was the 14th president of the United States (1853–1857), a northern Democrat who saw the abolitionist movement as a fundamental threat to the unity of the nation. He alienated anti-slavery groups by championing and signing the Kansas–Nebraska Act and enforcing the Fugitive Slave Act, yet he failed to stem conflict between North and South, setting the stage for Southern secession and the American Civil War.
1803 – Theodore Dwight Weld, American author and activist (d. 1895), was one of the architects of the American abolitionist movement during its formative years from 1830 through 1844, playing a role as writer, editor, speaker, and organizer. He is best known for his co-authorship of the authoritative compendium American Slavery As It Is: Testimony of a Thousand Witnesses, published in 1839.
1749 – Edward Rutledge, American captain and politician, 39th Governor of South Carolina (d. 1800), was an American politician, and youngest signatory of the United States Declaration of Independence. He later served as the 39th Governor of South Carolina.
2016 – Ralph Branca, American baseball player (b. 1926)
2015 – Dan Fante, American author and playwright (b. 1944)
2015 – Douglass North, American economist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1920)
2015 – Jim Sochor, American football player and coach (b. 1938)
2014 – Dorothy Cheney, American tennis player (b. 1916)
2014 – Marion Barry, American lawyer and politician, 2nd Mayor of the District of Columbia (b. 1936)
2014 – Murray Oliver, Canadian-American ice hockey player and coach (b. 1937)
2013 – Jay Leggett, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1963)
2013 – Peter B. Lewis, American businessman and philanthropist (b. 1933)
2013 – Wayne Mills, American singer-songwriter (b. 1969)
2012 – Chuck Diering, American baseball player (b. 1923)
2012 – Larry Hagman, American actor, director, and producer (b. 1931)
2011 – Jim Rathmann, American race car driver (b. 1928)