Week that Was


November 23

1765 People of Frederick County MD refuse to pay England’s Stamp tax
1863 Patent granted for a process of making color photographs
1936 1st issue of Life, picture magazine created by Henry R Luce
1955 British transfer Cocos (Keeling) Is in Indian Ocean to Australia
1971 China People’s Republic seated in UN Security Council
1985 58 die as Egyptian commandos storm hijacked Egyptair jet in Malta
1988 South Africa: Botha reprieves Sharpeville Six

November 24

1759 Destructive eruption of Vesuvius
1859 Charles Darwin publishes "On the Origin of Species"
1903 Clyde Coleman of NYC patents automobile electric starter
1947 Un-American Activities Committee finds "Hollywood 10" in contempt because of their refusal to reveal whether they were communists
1963 Kennedy ‘assassin’ – Lee Harvey Oswald – murdered
1983 PLO exchanges 6 Israeli prisoners for 4,500 Palestinians & Lebanese
1989 Communist Party resigns in Czechoslovakia

November 25

1357 Charles IV issues letter of protection of Jews of Strasbourg Alsace
1783 Britain evacuates NY, their last military position in US
1867 Alfred Nobel invents dynamite
1947 New Zealand accedes to Statute of Westminster, becomes a dominion
1973 Greek government toppled by armed forces after weeks of unrest
1983 Syria & Saudi Arabia announce cease-fire in PLO civil war in Tripoli
1988 Convention on exploitation of Antarctic mineral resources signed
1990 Lech Walesa wins in Poland’s 1st popular election
1998 Government of Turkey collapses after losing no-confidence motion over corruption allegations.

November 26

1793 Republican calendar replaces Gregorian calendar in France
1885 1st meteor photograph
1940 Nazis force 500,000 Warsaw Jews to live in walled ghetto
1941 Lebanon gains independence from France
1949 India adopts a constitution as a British Commonwealth Republic
1990 Mikhail Gorbachev tells Iraq to get out of Kuwait

November 27

1895 Alfred Nobel establishes Nobel Prize
1941 USSR begins a counter offensive causing Germany to retreat
1958 USSR abrogates Allied war-time agreements on control of Germany
1985 Republic of Ireland gains consultative role in Northern Ireland
1989 Colombian jetliner bombed killing 107
1990 Britain’s conservatives chose John Major to succeed Margaret Thatcher

November 28

1520 Ferdinand Magellan begins crossing Pacific Ocean
1871 Ku Klux Klan trials began in Federal District Court in SC
1943 FDR, Churchill & Stalin met at Tehran to map out strategy
1979 Air New Zealand DC-10 crashes in Antarctica killing 257
1986 Reagan administration exceeds SALT II arms limitations for 1st time

November 29

1812 Napoleon’s Grand Army crosses Berezina River in retreat from Russia
1877 Thomas Edison demonstrates the hand-cranked phonograph
1944 John Hopkins hospital performs 1st open heart surgery
1947 UN Gen Assembly partitions Palestine between Arabs & Jews
1951 1st underground atomic explosion, Frenchman Flat, Nevada
1961 Freedom Riders attacked by white mob at bus station in Miss
1978 UN observes "international day of solidarity with the Palestinian people," boycotted by US & about 20 other countries
1990 UN Security Council sets Jan 15th military deadline against Iraq
1994 Russian aircraft bomb Chechen capital of Grozney

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