25th November, on this day

1034 Malcolm II, King of Scots dies. Duncan, the son of his second daughter Bethóc and Crínán of Dunkeld, inherits the throne.
1120 The White Ship sinks in the English Channel, drowning William Adelin, son of Henry I of England
1177 Baldwin IV of Jerusalem and Raynald of Chatillon defeat Saladin at the Battle of Montgisard
1357 Charles IV issues letter of protection of Jews of Strasbourg Alsace
1491 The siege of Granada, last Moorish stronghold in Spain, begins.
1642 Dutch navigator Abel Tasman discovers an island off the southern coast of Australia and names it Van Dieman's Land. Its name is changed to Tasmania in 1855
1667 A deadly earthquake rocks Shemakha, in the Caucasus, killing 80,000 people.
1703 The Great Storm of 1703, the greatest windstorm ever recorded in the southern part of Great Britain, reaches its peak intensity which it maintains through November 27. Winds gust up to 120 mph, and 9,000 people perish in the mighty gale.
1715 1st English patent granted to an American, for processing corn
1755 King Ferdinand IV of Spain granted the Beaterio dela Compania de Jesus or now known as the Congregation of the Religious of the Virgin Mary(RVM) a royal protection.
1758 Britain captures Fort Duquesne (Pittsburgh)
1758 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is founded.
1766 Pope Clement XIII warns On the dangers of anti-Christian writings
1783 The last British troops leave New York City - their last military position in US - three months after the signing of the Treaty of Paris
1795 Partitions of Poland : Stanislaus August Poniatowski, the last king of independent Poland, is forced to abdicate and is exiled to Russia.
1817 1st sword swallower in US performs (NYC)
1823 In Britain, the opening of the first pleasure pier -'The Chain Pier' at Brighton. In 1896, shortly after being closed, the pier is destroyed in a storm
1826 The Greek frigate Hellas arrives in Nafplion to become the first flagship of the Hellenic Navy

1834 Delmonico's, one of NY's finest restaurants, provides a meal of soup, steak, coffee and half a pie for 12 cents
1837 Battle of Saint-Charles : British victory against Canadian rebels
1839 A cyclone slams India with high winds and a 40 foot storm surge, destroying the port city of Coringa (never to be entirely rebuilt again). The storm wave sweeps inland, taking with it 20,000 ships and thousands of people. An estimated 300,000 deaths result from the disaster.
1841 35 Amistad survivors return to Africa
1863 Battle of Missionary Ridge, Tennessee : Union forces led by General Ulysses S. Grant break the Siege of Chattanooga by routing Confederate troops under General Braxton Bragg.
1864 A group of Confederate operatives calling themselves the Confederate Army of Manhattan starts fires in more than 20 locations in an unsuccessful attempt to burn down New York City
1864 First Battle of Adobe Walls : Kit Carson fights Kiowa forces to a draw, but manages to destroy their settlement.
1867 Alfred Nobel invents dynamite
1874 The United States Greenback Party is established as a political party consisting primarily of farmers affected by the Panic of 1873
1875 Britain buys a controlling stake of 176,000 shares in the Suez Canal from the Khedive of Egypt
1876 In retaliation for the American defeat at the Battle of the Little Bighorn, United States Army troops sack Chief Dull Knife's sleeping Cheyenne village at the headwaters of the Powder River.
1884 John B Meyenberg of St Louis patents evaporated milk
1897 Spain grants Puerto Rico autonomy
1905 The Danish Prins Carl arrives in Norway to become King Haakon VII of Norway.
1913 Woodrow Wilson's daughter Jessie marries in the White House
1915 Battle of Ctesiphon between British Empire and British India, against the Ottoman Empire ends
1918 Vojvodina, former Austro-Hungarian crownland, proclaims its secession from this state to join the Kingdom of Serbia
1926 The deadliest tornado outbreak in U.S. November history strikes on Thanksgiving day. 27 twisters of great strength reported in the Midwest, including the strongest November tornado, an estimated F4, that devastates Heber Springs, Arkansas. 51 deaths in Arkansas alone, 76 deaths and over 400 injuries in all.
1930 690 earthquake shocks recorded in 1 day (Ito Japan)
1933 1st Soviet liquid rocket attains altitude of 261' (80m)
1936 In Berlin, Germany and Japan sign the Anti-Comintern Pact, thus agreeing to consult on what measures to take "to safeguard their common interests" in case of an unprovoked attack by the Soviet Union against either nation.
1940 First flight of the deHavilland Mosquito and Martin B-26 Marauder
1940 Patria steamer sinks killing 200, outside of Haifa
1941 Finland joined the Anti-Comintern Pact
1943 Statehood of Bosnia and Herzegovina was re-established at the Anti-Fascist Council of National Liberation of Yugoslavia
1944 A German V-2 rocket hits a Woolworth's store in Deptford, United Kingdom, killing 160 shoppers
1944 Battle of Monte Castello : between Brazil and Germany. The Brazilians were victorious
1947 New Zealand accedes to Statute of Westminster, becomes a dominion
1948 Fort Funston's 16-inch coastal guns removed
1950 The "Storm of the Century", a violent snowstorm, paralyzes the northeastern United States and the Appalachians, bringing winds up to 100 mph and sub-zero temperatures. Pickens, West Virginia, records 57 inches of snow. 323 people die due to the storm.
1950 The People's Republic of China joins the Korean War, sending thousands of troops across the Yalu river border to fight United Nations forces.
1952 The world's longest-running play, Agatha Christie's "The Mousetrap", opens at the Ambassador's Theatre in London
1955 American singer Bill Halley tops the British pop charts with 'Rock Around The Clock'
1957 President Eisenhower suffers a mild stroke, impairing his speech
1958 Senegal becomes an autonomous state in the French Community
1960 The Mirabal sisters of the Dominican Republic are assassinated.
1960 1st atomic reactor for research and development, Richland, Wa
1963 JFK laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery,
1967 Puerto Rico placed on Atlantic Standard Time
1969 Beatle John Lennon returns his MBE in protest against British involvement in Biafra and the British Government's support of US military action in Vietnam
1970 In Japan, author Yukio Mishima and two compatriots commit ritualistic suicide after an unsuccessful coup attempt.
1973 Bloodless military coup ousts Greek President George Papadopoulos
1975 Netherlands grants Surinam independence
1976 Viking 1 radio signal from Mars help prove general theory of relativity
1982 The Minneapolis Thanksgiving Day Fire destroys an entire city block, including the Northwestern National Bank building and the recently closed Donaldson's Department Store.
1983 Soyuz T-9 returns to Earth, 149 days after take-off
1983 Syria and Saudi Arabia announce cease-fire in PLO civil war in Tripoli
1984 British musician Bob Geldof asks top rock stars to join together under the name of BandAid to record 'Do They Know It's Christmas' to raise money for the Ethiopian Famine Appeal
1986 Iran-Contra affair erupts, US Attorney General Edwin Meese reveals secret arm deal where profits from covert weapons sales to Iran were illegally diverted to the anti-communist Contra rebels in Nicaragua
1986 The King Fahd Causeway was officially opened in the Persian Gulf.
1987 Supertyphoon Nina pummels the Philippines with category 5 winds of 165 mph and a surge that swallows entire villages. at least 1,036 deaths attributed to the storm.
1988 German politician Rita Süssmuth becomes president of the Bundestag.
1988 Convention on exploitation of Antarctic mineral resources signed
1988 US and Soviet chess grand masters Donaldson and Akhmilovskaya wed
1988 Widespread earthquake hits NE US, Canada; no damage reported
1990 Lech Walesa wins in Poland's 1st popular election
1992 The Czechoslovakia Federal Assembly votes to split the country into the Czech Republic and Slovakia from January 1, 1993.
1994 Sony founder Akio Morita announces he will be stepping down as CEO of the company.
1995 In a referendum, Ireland votes to end its constitutional ban on divorce
1996 An Ice storm strikes the central U.S. killing 26 people. Powerful windstorm affects Florida, winds gust over 90 mph, toppling trees and flipping trailers.
2000 2000 Baku earthquake took place.
2002 Reported assassination attempt on Turkmen president Saparmurat Niyazov.
2005 Polish Minister of National Defence Radek Sikorski opens Warsaw Pact archives to historians. Maps of possible nuclear strikes against Western Europe, as well as the possible nuclear annihilation of 43 Polish cities and 2 million of its citizens by Soviet-controlled forces, are released
2007 The first European Parliament election and a referendum on changing the voting system (called by the President and declared invalid because of insufficient turnout) were held in Romania.

November 25th 2005

Al-Jazeera seeks 'US bomb' talks

Evacuations follow China spillage

Football legend George Best dies

November 25th 2006

Many die in fresh Iraqi violence

Rebels 'seize' key Chadian city

Radiation tests after spy death

November 25th 2007

Rudd sets new Australian agenda

More activists arrested in Russia

Malaysian police break up rally

November 25th 2008

US Fed announces $800bn stimulus

Venezuela welcomes Russian ships

Arrests after Afghan acid attack

November 25th 2009

Five killed at protest in Yemen

Pakistan charges 7 over Mumbai attacks

Jetman fails in Africa-Europe flight

November 25th 2010

2 dead after oil tankers catch fire on Iraqi border

S Korean defence minister resigns

Rio steps up anti-gang operation

November 25th 2011

Birthdates which occurred on November 25th:

1562 Lope Felix de Vega Madrid Spain, dramatist/poet (Angelica, Arcadia)
1835 Andrew Carnegie steel industrialist/library builder
1846 Carry Nation scourge of barkeepers & drinkers
1856 Sergei Taneyev Russia, composer (Oresteia)
1877 Harley Granville-Barker London, dramatist/producer/critic
1881 John XXIII [Angelo Roncalli], Bergamo Italy, 261st pope (1958-63)
1886 Rex Maupin St Joseph MO, orchestra leader (Tin Pan Alley TV)
1893 Robert Ripley illustrator (Believe it or Not)
1895 Anastas I Mikoyan Armenia, member of Supreme Soviet
1895 Wilhelm Kempff Juterbog Germany, pianist (Unterdem Zimbelstern)
1896 Virgil Thomson Kansas City MO, composer/music critic (4 Saints in 3 Acts)
19-- J.J. Jackson vee-jay (MTV)
19-- Mike Fowler CT, rocker (Steelheart-She's Gone)
1900 Helen Gahagan Douglas Nixon's 1st opponent
1901 Tibor Serly Losonc Hungary, violinist/composer (American Elegy)
1902 Eddie Shore Boston Bruins (#2), hall of famer
1914 Joe DiMaggio Yankee Clipper (56 game hitting streak)
1919 Steve Brodie Eldorado KS, actor (Life & Legend of Wyatt Earp)
1920 Ricardo Montalban actor (Fantasy Island, Star Trek II, Naked Gun)
1925 Jeffrey Hunter Orleans La, actor (Christopher Pike-Star Trek Cage)
1926 Murray Schisgal playwright (Luv)
1929 Jack Hogan Chapel Hill NC, actor (Combat, Adam 12, Sierra)
1933 Kathryn Grant Crosby Houston Texas, actress (Mr Cory, Big Circus)
1933 Lenny Moore NFL back (Baltimore Colts)
1933 Rene Enriquez San Francisco CA, actor (Ray Calletano-Hill Street Blues)
1935 Gloria Steinem Toledo Ohio, femnist/writer (Ms)
1938 Charles Starkwether serial murderer, with his 14-year-old girlfriend, Caril Ann Fugate, in 1958 they embarked on a shocking, murderous rampage that lasted eight days and left 11 dead bodies in its wake--including Caril Ann's family.
1939 Martin Feldstein economist (1977 John Bates Clark Medal)
1940 Richard Furrer Worgl Germany, astronaut (STS 22)
1942 Tracey Walter Jersey City NJ, actor (Best of the West)
1947 John Larroquette New Orleans LA, actor (Dan Fielding-Night Court)
1947 Jonathan Kaplan Paris France, director (Heart Like a Wheel)
1952 Ernest Harden Jr Detroit MI, actor (Marcus-Jeffersons)
1956 Liana Vicens Puerto Rico, 100m breaststroke (Olympics 1968)
1959 Steve Rothery rocker (Marillion-Real to Reel)
1960 Amy Grant gospel singer (Glory of Love, Baby Baby)
1960 John F Kennedy Jr lawyer, son of JFK
1960 Kasey Smith Queens NY, heavy metal artist (Danger Danger-Screw It)
1961 Amy Gibson actress (General Hospital)
1966 Stacy Lattislaw disco singer (Million Dollar Baby)
1967 Curtis Baldwin Los Angeles CA, actor (Calvin-227)
1968 Jory Husain Milwaukee WI, actor (Jawaharial-Head of the Class)
1971 Christine Applegate Hollywood, actress (Kelly-Married With Children)


Deaths which occurred on November 25th:
1885 Thomas A Hendricks 21st VP, dies at 66, 8 months after taking office
1944 Kenesaw Landis baseball commisioner, dies
1949 Luther "Bill" Robinson famed tap dancer, dies at 71
1958 Charles F Kettering invented auto self-starter, dies at 82
1964 Clarence Kolb actor (Mr Honeywell-My Little Margie), dies at 90
1968 Phil Lord actor (Stud's Place), dies at 89
1974 U Thant UN Secretary-General (1961-72), dies in NY of cancer at 65
1977 Richard Carlson actor (Col MacKenzie-MacKenzie's Raiders), dies at 65
1981 Jack Albertson actor (Chico & the Man), dies at 74
1982 Robert Coote actor, dies in NYC of a heart attack at 73
1987 Harold Washington 1st black mayor of Chicago (D, 1983-87), dies at 65
1990 Bill Vukovich Indie 500 driver, dies in crash at 27
1991 Bill Graham rock promoter, dies

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