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This Day in History: Nov. 23

1863 The three-day Battle of Chattanooga, an engagement of the Civil War, begins. Union forces under Ulysses S. Grant dislodge the Confederate defenders and force them into a disorderly retreat.
1919 The first play-by-play of a football game is broadcast on the radio.
1943 During World War II , U.S. Marines take control of the Gilbert Islands from the Japanese after fierce fighting.
1971 China's seat in the Security Council, formerly held by Taiwan, is transferred to the People's Republic of China.
1980 Some 3,000 die when a violent earthquake strikes southern Italy.
1981 Many federal offices are shut down temporarily when Pres. Ronald Reagan vetoes a bill to finance government operations.
2001 The UN International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia charges former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic with genocide for his role in the 1992-95 conflict in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
2005 Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is confirmed as the winner of the Liberian presidential elections, becoming the first woman to be elected as a head of state in modern Africa.

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