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This Day in History - November 25

November 25

2348 BC – Biblical scholars believe this to be the day of the Great Deluge or Flood

1783 – The last British soldiers withdraw from New York City, nearly three months after the Treaty of Paris was signed

1835 – Scottish and American businessman, Andrew Carnegie is born

1844 – Pioneer of early motor cars, Karl Benz is born

1863 – Union ends the siege of Chattanooga with the Battle of Missionary Ridge

1876 – During the Great Sioux War, Colonel Ronald MacKenzie destroys Cheyenne Chief Dull Knife’s village located in the Bighorn Mountains

1896 – American composer, Virgil Thompson is born

1901 – Japanese Prince Ito arrives in Russia to seek concessions in Korea

1910 – Choreographer, Alwin Nikolais is born

1913 – Physician and author, Lewis Thomas is born

1914 – German Field Marshal Fredrich von Hindenburg calls off the Lodz offensive near Warsaw, Poland

1914 – New York Yankee baseball star Joe DiMaggio is born

1915 – 30th President of Chile Augusto Pinochet is born

1918 – Chile and Peru end relations

1918 – Colonel Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck of Germany finally surrenders his forces in German East Africa

1921 – Hirohito becomes regent of Japan

1921 – Nathanael West flunks out of Tufts, after being admitted due to his faking his high school transcripts

1923 – Transatlantic broadcasting from England to America takes place for the first time

1930 – An earthquake in Shizuoka, Japan kills 187

1939 – Germany reports that four British ships sunk in the North Sea, but London denied it

1939 – Playwright Shelagh Delaney is born

1941 – A “war warning” is sent to commanders in the Pacific, that Japanese surprise attacks are a very real possibility

1942 – Singer and songwriter, Bob Lind is born

1944 – American judge, Kenesaw Mountain Landis dies

1945 – Journalist, Gail Collins is born

1946 – The US Supreme Court grants the Oregon Indians land payment rights

1947 – The Big Four meet to discuss the German and European economy

1950 – A “storm of the century,” aka the “Appalachian Storm,” dumped record amounts of snow in the Appalachian Mountains, and its high winds, low temperatures, and deep snow will claim 160 lives over the next several days

1951 – A truce line between UN troops and North Korea is mapped out at the peace talks in Panmunjom, Korea

1951 – Novelist, Charlaine Harris is born

1952 – Agatha Christie’s “The Mousetrap,” a murder-mystery play opens at the Ambassadors Theatre in London and will become the longest continuously running play in history

1952 – Pakistani cricket player and politician Imran Khan is born

1953 – Former CEO of Enron Corp., who was convicted of multiple felony charges in 2006 all relating to the company’s financial collapse, Jeffrey Skilling is born

1955 – The Interstate Commerce Commission bans segregation in interstate travel

1960 – John F. Kennedy Jr., the elder son of US President John F. Kennedy, co-founder of George magazine, who died in a plane crash in 1999, is born

1963 – President John F. Kennedy is buried at Arlington National Cemetery

1964 – Eleven nations give a combined total of $3 billion to rescue the value of the British currency

1967 – Ave Maria magazine reports that the Roman Catholic Church in the US provided funds for sending medical supplies and hospital equipment to North Vietnam

1969 – Communist forces increase attacks against US troops near Cambodian border

1970 – Japanese writer Yukio Mishima commits “ritual” suicide by disemboweling himself with a sword, due to failing to receive public support for his extreme political beliefs

1971 – Actress, Christina Applegate is born

1974 – Singer and songwriter Nick Drake dies

1974 – 3rd UN Secretary-General U Thant dies

1980 – Sugar Ray Leonard regains his welterweight title when reigning champ Roberto Duran walks away from their fight during the eighth round due to uncontrollable stomach cramps

1981 – Daughter of US President George W. Bush, Jenna Bush Hager is born

1986 – While President Ronald Reagan announces the Justice Department’s findings concerning the Iran-Contra scandal, secretary Fawn Hall smuggles important documents out of Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North’s office

1986 – Amber Hagerman, whose kidnapping and murder in 1996 led to the development of the AMBER Alert System, is born

1987 – Typhoon Nina causes 165 mph winds and a storm surge killing over 1,030 in the Philippines

1990 – After a bad storm on Thanksgiving Day, Washington State’s historic floating Lacey V. Murrow Memorial Bridge sinks to the bottom of Lake Washington

1992 – Federal Assembly of Czechoslovakia votes to partition the country into the Czech Republic and Slovakia to begin the first of the following year

1997 – 1st President of Malawi, Hastings Banda dies

1999 – The UN General Assembly passes a resolution designating today as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

2005 – Irish and English soccer player, George Best dies

2008 – Cyclone Nisha brings the highest rainfall in the Sri Lanka area in nine decades, killing 15 but leaving 90,0000 homeless


Written by Crystal McCann

Crystal is the Chief Operating Officer of Lanterns Media Network and the owner of Madisons Media. She lives in Texas with her husband and dogs and is the proud mother of two adult children.


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