It happened today – this day in history – November 28

1291: Eleanor of Castile, wife of Edward I, dies in Northants.

1499: Edward Plantagenet, 17th Count of Warwick and Plantagenet heir, is beheaded for treason aged 24.

1520: Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan begins crossing the Pacific Ocean.

1582: William Shakespeare marries Anne Hathaway.

1628: The birth of author John Bunyan in Elstow, Beds.

1660: The Royal Society is formed at Gresham College, London, after a lecture by Christopher Wren.

1680: Baroque sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini dies aged 81.

1717: Blackbeard (Edward Teach) attacks and captures a French merchant slave ship, which he renames as his flagship the “Queen Anne’s Revenge”.

1720: Anne Bonny and Mary Read are tried, found guilty of pirating, and sentenced to death in Spanish Town, Jamaica, but their pregnancies win them stays of execution.

1729: Natchez Indians massacre 138 Frenchmen, 35 French women, and 56 children at Fort Rosalie, Mississippi.

1757: Artist and poet William Blake is born in London.

1813: Cossacks occupy Utrecht.

1814: The Times is first printed by automatic, steam powered presses which make newspapers available to a mass audience.

1821: Panama declares independence from Spain.

1843: The Kingdom of Hawaii is officially recognized by the UK and France as an independent nation.

1854: The Dutch army stops a Chinese uprising in Borneo.

1859: Author Washington Irving dies from a heart attack aged 76.

1878: The most famous trial in art history ends with artist James McNeill Whistler awarded a token farthing in compensation after suing the writer and critic John Ruskin for libel.

1893: Women vote in a national election for the first time in the New Zealand general election.

1895: America’s first auto race – Chicago to Evanston and back; six cars, 55 miles. Frank Duryea wins averaging 7mph.

1901: Premiere of Gustav Mahler’s 4th Symphony in G.

1905: Arthur Griffith forms Sinn Féin in Dublin.

1906: Tommy Burns retains his world heavyweight boxing title after being pushed to a 20-round draw by “Philadelphia” Jack O’Brien in Los Angeles.

1907: Scrap metal dealer Louis B. Mayer opens his first movie theatre in Haverhil, Massachusetts.

1909: Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 premieres at the New Theatre in New York with the composer himself as soloist.

1912: Ismail Qemali declares Albania independent from Turkey.

1913: Heavyweight boxer Jack Johnson KOs Andre Spaul in Paris.

1918: Kaiser Wilhelm II of Prussia and Germany abdicates.

1919: Lady Nancy Astor is elected as the first female member of the House of Commons.


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1939: The Soviet government revokes the Russian-Finnish non-aggression treaty.

1942: A fire at the Coconut Grove nightclub in Boston kills 429.

1943: US president Franklin D Roosevelt, British prime minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin meet at the Tehran Conference in Iran to map out a strategy against the Nazis.

1951: Military coup in Syria under Col Adib el-Shishakli.

1956: Soviet runner Vladimir Kuts wraps up an Olympic double by winning the 5,000m gold medal at the Melbourne Games.

1960: Mauritania gains independence from France.

1962: Queen Wilhelmina of The Netherlands dies aged 82. On the same day, Yoko Ono marries film producer Anthony Cox.

1964: Mariner 4, the first probe to fly by Mars, is launched by NASA.

1966: A coup in Burundi overthrows the monarchy and a republic is declared.

1967: All horse racing in Britain is suspended indefinitely to help prevent the spread of foot-and-mouth disease.

1968: John Lennon is fined £150 for drug possession. On the same day, children’s author Enid Blyton dies aged 81.

1971: Cambs farmer Ray Convine uncovers a major immigrant smuggling ring when he rams a plane which had landed in one of his fields in Kimbolton.

1972: Two members of the IRA are killed in a premature bomb explosion in the Bogside area of Londonderry.

1975: The Democratic Republic of East-Timor is proclaimed. On the same day, George Best makes his first of just three appearances for Fourth Division Stockport County against Swansea.

1976: Singles chart:

  1. Under The Moon Of Love – Showaddywaddy
  2. If You Leave Me Now – Chicago
  3. You Make Me Feel Like Dancing – Leo Sayer
  4. Somebody To Love – Queen
  5. Livin’ Thing – ELO
  6. Money Money Money – ABBA
  7. Love Me – Yvonne Elliman
  8. If Not You – Dr Hook
  9. Lost In France – Bonnie Tyler
  10. Mississippi – Pussycat
1976: ABBA – Arrival

Album chart:

  1. 20 Golden Greats – Glen Campbell
  2. 20 Golden Guitar Greats – Bert Weedon
  3. Arrival – ABBA
  4. 100 Golden Greats – Max Bygraves
  5. Songs In The Key Of Life – Stevie Wonder
  6. Greatest Hits – Hot Chocolate
  7. Soul Motion – Various Artists
  8. Greatest Hits – Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons
  9. Greatest Hits – ABBA
  10. Sound Of Glory – The London Philharmonic Choir

1986: The Reagan administration exceeds SALT II arms limitations.

1988: Picasso’s “Acrobat & Harlequin” sells for $38.46 million.

1993: Steppenwolf drummer Jerry Edmonton is killed aged 47 in a car crash not far from his Santa Barbara home. On the same day, “Carry On..” actor Kenneth Connor dies aged 75.

1994: Serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer is clubbed to death by fellow inmate Christopher Scarver in the Columbia Correctional Institution gymnasium in Wisconsin.

1999: Eleven people are injured at a church in Croydon after a naked man wielding a Samurai sword bursts in during Sunday Mass.

2005: Barcelona and Brazil midfielder Ronaldhino wins the Ballon d’Or.

2010: Actor Leslie Nielsen dies aged 84.

2015: Tyson Fury beats Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko by unanimous decision to win WBA, WBO, IBF, IBO, The Ring magazine and lineal heavyweight titles in Düsseldorf.

2016: A plane carrying the Brazilian Chapecoense football team crashes near Medellin, Colombia, killing 71 players and journalists.

2019: The EU declares a climate emergency.

2020: At least 110 people are killed in an attack on Koshobe village in north-east Nigeria by jihadist group Boko Haram. On the same day, Darth Vader and Green Cross Code Man actor Dave Prowse dies from COVID-19 aged 85.

2021: Barbados becomes a republic with Sandra Mason sworn in as the first president. On the same day, racing team boss Frank Williams dies aged 79.

BIRTHDAYS: Berry Gordy, Songwriter/founder of Motown Records, 93; Bruce Channel, singer, 82; Randy Newman, singer-songwriter, 79; Paul Shaffer, musician, 73; Ed Harris, actor/director, 72; David van Day, singer (Dollar), 66; Kriss Akabusi, athlete, 64; Judd Nelson, actor, 63; Alfonso Cuarón, director/screenwriter, 61; Martin Clunes, actor, 61; Jon Stewart, comedian/TV host, 60; Armando Iannucci, writer/director/comedian, 59; Sian Williams, journalist, 58; Bronagh Gallagher, actress, 50; Ryan Kwanten, actor 46; Aimee Garcia, actress, 44; Dane Bowers, singer (Another Level) 43; Rostam Batmanglij, multi instrumentalist (Vampire Weekend) 39; Mary Elizabeth Winstead, actress, 38; Jessica Knappett, comedian/writer, 38; Chloe Madeley, TV personality, 35; Karen Gillan, actress, 35.