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November 23, 1499

Flemish Pretender Executed in London

Perkin Warbeck, who invaded England in 1497 claiming to be the lost son of King Edward IV, is hanged for allegedly trying to escape from the Tower of London. Believed to be a native of Tournai in Belgium, Warbeck went to Ireland in 1891 and claimed that he was Richard, Duke of York, the second son o...

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November 23, 1976

Freediver Reaches 100 Metres, Defies Scientists

"On this day in 1976, the freediver Jacques Mayol dove to a depth of 100 metres undersea without any breathing equipment. He was the first person on record to ever pull off the feat, and in doing so he defied physiologists who had claimed that his lungs would collapse. The ""Dolphin Man,"...

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November 23, 2005

World's First Female Black President Elected

"On this day in 2005, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, a diminutive grandmother dubbed the ""Iron Lady,"" was elected president of Liberia, the first elected female leader on the African continent. Born on 29 October 1938, in Monrovia, Liberia, to ethnically diverse parents who were born poor and...

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