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23rd November

1642 Dutch navigator, Abel Tasman, discovers Van Dieman's Land (later re-named Tasmania).

1852 The first pillar boxes were erected in St. Hellier on the Channel Islands.

1859 * Billy the Kid (William H. Bonney), legendary US outlaw.

1869 * Valdemar Poulsen, Danish engineer who invented the tape recorder.

1887 * Boris Karloff (William Pratt), English actor who starred in the film Frankenstein (1939).

1889 The first jukebox was installed in the Palais Royal Saloon in San Francisco.

1917 * Michael Gough, English actor who starred in the film The Boys from Brazil (1978).

1963 Lyndon B Johnson took over as the new president of the USA following Kennedy's assassination.

1963 The first episode of the BBC TV sci-fi series Dr. Who was broadcast.

1971 The People's Republic of China joined the UN Security Council.

1978 A Birmingham nightclub is ordered to lift its race ban and open its doors to black and Chinese people.

1984 1,000 passengers were trapped in smoke-filled tunnels for three hours after a fire at Oxford Circus underground station.

1988 Sumo champion Chionofuji became the first wrestler ever to win 50 matches in a row.

1996 At least 100 passengers died after a hijacked passenger jet ran out of fuel and crashed into the Indian Ocean.

2002 Miss World organisers cancelled the controversial beauty pageant in Nigeria that sparked violence among Christians and Muslims.

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