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.

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


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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: The monarchy in Burundi is overthrown 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.

Singles chart:

  1. Coz I Luv You – Slade
  2. Ernie (The Fastest Milkman In The West) – Benny Hill
  3. Jeepster – T Rex
  4. Gypsies, Tramps And Thieves – Cher
  5. Johnny Reggae – The Piglets
  6. Tokoloshe Man – John Kongos
  7. Banks Of The Ohio – Olivia Newton John
  8. Till – Tom Jones
  9. I Will Return – Springwater
  10. Run Baby Run – The Newbeats
1971: Led Zeppelin IV

Album chart:

  1. Led Zeppelin IV – Led Zeppelin
  2. Top Of The Pops Volume 20 – Various Artists
  3. Pictures At An Exhibition – ELP
  4. Imagine – John Lennon
  5. Electric Warrior – T Rex
  6. Every Picture Tells A Story – Rod Stewart
  7. Fragile – Yes
  8. This Is Pourcel – Frank Pourcel
  9. Motown Chartbusters Vol 6 – Various Artists
  10. Tapestry – Carole King

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.

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.

2022: A drug cartel that controlled one-third of the cocaine trade in Europe is broken up by Europol. On the same day, the Horniman Museum in London becomes first UK museum to return items to Nigeria that had been looted from Benin City by British troops in 1897.

Karen Gillan (Photo: Philip Romano)

BIRTHDAYS: Berry Gordy, Songwriter/founder of Motown Records, 94; Bruce Channel, singer, 83; Randy Newman, singer-songwriter, 80; Paul Shaffer, musician, 74; Ed Harris, actor/director, 73; David van Day, singer (Dollar), 67; Kriss Akabusi, athlete, 65; Judd Nelson, actor, 64; Alfonso Cuarzón, director/screenwriter, 62; Martin Clunes, actor, 62; Jon Stewart, comedian/TV host, 61; Armando Iannucci, writer/director/comedian, 60; Sian Williams, journalist, 59; Richard Osman, TV presenter, 53; Bronagh Gallagher, actress, 51; Ryan Kwanten, actor 47; Aimee Garcia, actress, 45; Dane Bowers, singer (Another Level) 44; Rostam Batmanglij, multi instrumentalist (Vampire Weekend) 40; Mary Elizabeth Winstead, actress, 39; Jessica Knappett, comedian/writer, 39; Chloe Madeley, TV personality, 36; Karen Gillan, actress, 36; Joe Cole, actor, 35.