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On This Day in History - 23rd November

Birthdays

1859Billy The Kid, Born William Bonny; legendary US outlaw
1887Boris Karloff, English actor remembered for his 'Horror' film roles
1926Christopher Logue, Author and poet
1927John Cole, BBC's former political editor
1934Lew Hoad, Australian 50's tennis player
1946Diana Quick, Actress; 'Brideshead Revisited'
1956Shane Gould, Australian swimmer

Events

1852In St Helier Jersey, Britains first pillar boxes were brought into public use
1910Dr Crippen, the notorious murderer, was executed in Holloway prison for poisoning his wife
1915The famous First World War song, 'Pack Up Your Troubles In Your Old Kit Bag', was first published
1957'Mary's Boy Child', sung by Harry Belafonte, reached number one in the record charts
1963'Dr Who' was broadcast for the first time, with William Hartnell as the Doctor
1979In Dublin, Thomas McMahon was found guilty of the murder of Lord Mountbatten, and given a life sentence
1985The BBC's first television announcer, Leslie Mitchell, died