It happened today – this day in history – November 30

1016: Canute, King of Denmark, claims the English throne after the death of Edmund ‘Ironside’.

1523: Amsterdam bans the assembly of heretics.

1648: The Parliamentary army captures Charles I.

1667: Author and satirist Jonathan Swift is born in Dublin.

1678: Roman Catholics are banned from Parliament.

1731: An earthquake kills 100,000 in Beijing.

1776: Captain James Cook begins his third and last trip to the Pacific.

1782: Britain signs an agreement recognising US independence.

1803: Spain cedes claims to Louisiana Territory to France.

1835: Author Mark Twain (Samuel Clemons) is born in Missouri.

1838: Mexico declares war on France.

1872: In the first international soccer game, Scotland draws with England 0-0 in Glasgow.

1874: Winston Churchill is born at Blenheim Palace.

1876: Archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann finds the gold Mask of Agamemnon at Mycenae (modern Greece) “the Mona Lisa of prehistory”.

1886: The Folies Bergère stages its first revue in Paris.

1900: Oscar Wilde dies in Paris aged 46.

1902: Wild west outlaw Kid Curry Logan is sentenced to 20 years imprisonment with hard labour.

1909: The House of Lords rejects David Lloyd George’s “People’s Budget”, which tried to shift the tax burden to the wealthy.

1924: The first photo facsimile is transmitted by radio across the Atlantic from London to New York.

1928: Don Bradman makes an inauspicious Test debut for Australia, scoring 18 & 1 vs England in the first Test in Brisbane.

1931: His Master’s Voice and Columbia Records merge into EMI.

1936: Crystal Palace is destroyed by fire.

1939: The USSR invades Finland and bombs Helsinki.

1940: Actress Lucille Ball marries Desi Arnaz in Connecticut.

1944: Launch of Britain’s biggest battleship HMS Vanguard.

1948: The Soviets set up a separate municipal government in East Berlin.


1950: US President Harry Truman threatens China with the atom bomb.

1956: Floyd Patterson becomes the youngest world heavyweight boxing champion and the first Olympic gold medallist to win a professional champ when he defeats Archie Moore in Round 5 in Chicago.

1957: An assassination attempt on Indonesian President Sukarno kills eight.

1961: The USSR vetoes Kuwait’s application for UN membership.

1962: U Thant of Burma becomes Secretary-General of the United Nations.

1966: Barbados gains independence from Britain.

1967: The Pakistan People’s Party is founded by Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto.

1968: The Trade Descriptions Act comes into force which makes it a crime for any trader to knowingly sell an item with a misleading label or description. On the same day, a Northern Ireland Civil Rights Association march in Armagh is stopped by the Royal Ulster Constabulary because of the presence of a Loyalist counter demonstration led by Ian Paisley and Ronald Bunting.

1972: An Illegal fireworks factory in Rome explodes, killing 15.

1975: Dahomey is renamed the People’s Republic of Benin.

1981: In Geneva, representatives from the United States and the Soviet Union begin to negotiate intermediate-range nuclear weapon reductions in Europe.

1982: A letter bomb sent by animal activists explodes inside 10 Downing Street, injuring a member of staff.

1990: Film star Burt Lancaster suffers a stroke.

1991: The US beats Norway, 2-1, to win the FIFA Women’s World Cup final in China.

1994: Almost 1,000 passengers and crew are forced to abandon the liner Achille Lauro after it catches fire in the Indian Ocean.

1995: Bill Clinton becomes the first serving US president to visit Northern Ireland, getting a rapturous welcome by both Catholics and Protestants.

1996: Singer and ukulele player Tiny Tim (Herbert Khaury) dies from a heart attack on stage while playing his hit Tiptoe Through the Tulips at a club in Minneapolis.

2002: Probate details show George Harrison left his £99m fortune in a trust to his wife Olivia and son Dhani, depriving the taxman, of whom he wrote one of his best known Beatles songs, of £40m.

2005: Actor David Jason marries Gill Hinchcliffe a day before receiving his knighthood from the Queen.

2007: Motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel dies of pulmonary disease aged 69.

2008: Singles chart:

  1. Greatest Day – Take That
  2. If I Were A Boy – Beyonce
  3. Live Your Life – T.I. ft Rihanna
  4. Human – The Killers
  5. Hot ‘n’ Cold – Katy Perry
  6. The Boy Does Nothing – Alesha Dixon
  7. Womanizer – Britney Spears
  8. Hero – X Factor Finalists
  9. Right Now (Na Na Na) – Akon
  10. The Promise – Girls Aloud
2008: Leona Lewis – Spirit

Album chart:

  1. Day & Age – The Killers
  2. Chinese Democracy – Guns n Roses
  3. Rhydian – Rhydian Roberts
  4. Spirit – Leona Lewis
  5. The Priests – The Priests
  6. Best Of: Decade In The Sun – Stereophonics
  7. Only By The Night – Kings Of Leon
  8. Funhouse – Pink
  9. Out Of Control – Girls Aloud
  10. The Promise – Il Divo

2013: Fast and Furious star Paul Walker dies in a car crash aged 40.

2018: Former US President George Bush Sr dies aged 94.

BIRTHDAYS: Sir Ridley Scott, director, 84; Frank Ifield, singer, 84; Terrence Malick, director, 78; Roger Glover, bassist (Deep Purple) 76; David Mamet, playwright, 74; Mandy (Mandel) Patinkin, actor, 69; David Sancious, keyboardist, 68; Andy Gray, football pundit, 66; Billy Idol (William Broad) singer, 66; Richard Barbieri, keyboardist (Japan/Porcupine Tree), 66; Cherie Cirrie, singer (The Runaways) 62; Lorraine Kelly, TV presenter, 62; Gary Lineker, footballer/TV presenter, 61; Ben Stiller, actor/director, 56; John Bishop, comedian, 55; Steve Aoki, DJ, 44; Gael García Bernal, actor, 43; Diego Klattenhoff, actor, 42; Elisha Cuthbert, actress, 39; Tony Bellew, boxer, 39; Nigel de Jong, Dutch footballer, 37; Chrissie Teigen, model, TV personality, 36; Kaley Cuoco, actress, 36; Dougie Poynter, bass/vocals (McFly) 34.