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Today in His­tory


1703 – A two-day storm­rages through south­ern Eng­land, flood­ing the Thames and Sev­ern rivers and killing at least 8000 peo­ple.

1789 – A day of Thanks­giv­ing is set aside by United States Pres­i­dent Ge­orgeWash­ing­ton to ob­serve the adop­tion of Amer­ica’s Con­sti­tu­tion.

1922 – The tomb of King Tu­tankhamen is opened in Egypt.

1939 – Stalin at­tacks Fin­land, lead­ing to 105-dayWin­terWar.

1940 – Half amil­lion Jews of Warsaw, Poland, are or­dered to live within a walled ghetto.

1941 – US Pres­i­dent Franklin Roo­sevelt signs a bill of­fi­cially estab­lish­ing the fourth Thurs­day in Novem­ber as Thanks­giv­ing Day.

1942 – Casablanca has its world pre­miere in New York.

1960 – Keith Holyoake, left, be­gins 12-year reign as New Zealand prime min­is­ter, de­feat­ing Wal­ter Nash’s Labour gov­ern­ment.

1975 – A jury in Cal­i­for­nia finds Lynette ‘‘Squeaky’’ Fromme, a CharlesMan­son follower, guilty of try­ing to as­sas­si­nate US Pres­i­dent Ger­ald Ford.

1976 – Sex Pis­tols re­lease their de­but sin­gle, Anarchy In The UK.

1983 – A record £26 mil­lion in gold bul­lion, di­a­monds and cash is stolen from the Brink’s-Mat ware­house near Heathrow Air­port. Most of the gold has not been re­cov­ered.

1992 – The Queen an­nounces she will start pay­ing taxes on her per­sonal in­come.

2006 – Ire­land play their last rugby in­ter­na­tional at Lans­downe Road, beat­ing a Pa­cific Is­lan­ders team 61-17.

2008 – Gun­men storm lux­ury ho­tels, a tourist at­trac­tion and a rail­way sta­tion in­Mum­bai, killing at least 172 peo­ple.


Charles Schulz, US car­toon­ist (1922-2000); Tina Turner, US pop singer (1939-); Mar­i­lynne Robin­son, US au­thor (1943-); John McVie, Fleet­wood Mac mu­si­cian (1945-); Rita Ora, Kosovo-born UK singer (1990-).

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