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 0-0 with England 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 onto 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.


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1956: Floyd Patterson becomes the youngest world heavyweight boxing champion and the first Olympic gold medallist to win a professional championship 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 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.

1997: Singles chart:

  1. Perfect Day – Various Artists
  2. Baby Can I Hold You – Boyzone
  3. Barbiee Girl – Aqua
  4. Wind Beneath My Wings – Steven Houghton
  5. Torn – Natalie Imbruglia
  6. Never Ever – All Saints
  7. Lucky Man – The Verve
  8. Tell Him – Barbra Streisand and Celine Dion
  9. Ain’t That Just The Way – Lutricia McNeal
  10. Something About The Way You Look – Elton John
1997: The Verve – Urban Hymns

Album chart:

  1. Let’s Talk About Love – Celine Dion
  2. Spiceworld – The Spic Girls
  3. Urban Hymns – The Verve
  4. The Best Of – Wham!
  5. Left Of The Middle – Natalie Imbruglia
  6. Greatest Hits – Eternal
  7. Like You Do…Best Of – The Lightning Seeds
  8. Paint Th Sky With Stars..Best Of – Enya
  9. Backstreet’s Back – The Backstreet Boys
  10. Their Greatest Hits – Hot Chocolate

2002: Probate details show George Harrison left his £99m fortune in a trust for 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.

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

2018: Former US President George H W Bush dies aged 94.

2021: A 15 year old student shoots four dead and injures seven at a high school in Michigan. On the same day, Arsenal and Liverpool legend Ray Kennedy dies aged 70 from Parkinson’s disease.

2022: Fleetwood Mac singer/songwriter and keyboards player Christine McVie dies aged 79.

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BIRTHDAYS: Woody Allen (Konisberg), director/writer/actor/comedian, 88; Sir Ridley Scott, director, 86; Frank Ifield, singer, 86; Terrence Malick, director, 80; Roger Glover, bassist (Deep Purple) 78; David Mamet, playwright, 76; Mandy (Mandel) Patinkin, actor, 71; David Sancious, keyboardist, 70; Andy Gray, football pundit, 68; Billy Idol (William Broad) singer, 68; Richard Barbieri, keyboardist (Japan/Porcupine Tree), 68; Cherie Currie, singer (The Runaways) 64; Lorraine Kelly, TV presenter, 64; Gary Lineker, footballer/TV presenter, 63; Ben Stiller, actor/director, 58; John Bishop, comedian, 57; Steve Aoki, DJ, 46; Gael García Bernal, actor, 45; Diego Klattenhoff, actor, 44; Elisha Cuthbert, actress, 41; Tony Bellew, boxer, 41; Nigel de Jong, Dutch footballer, 39; Chrissie Teigen, model, TV personality, 38; Kaley Cuoco, actress, 38; Dougie Poynter, bass/vocals (McFly) 36.