This Day in History - November 26

November 26


1504 – Isabella I of Castile dies

1688 – Louis XIV declares war on the Netherlands

1774 – A congress of colonial leaders criticizes British influence in the colonies and affirms their right to “Life, liberty and property”

1776 – House of Burgesses (Virginia’s official state legislature) leader Peyton Randolph is laid to rest at the College of William and Mary, his alma mater

1789 – George Washington proclaims this a National Thanksgiving Day in honor of the new Constitution, and this date was used to later set the date for Thanksgiving

1812 – Napoleon Bonaparte’s army begins crossing the Berezina River

1825 – The Kappa Alpha Society is founded

1827 – Founder of the Seventh Day Adventists, Ellen Gould White is born

1855 – Polish poet, Adam Mickiewicz dies

1862 – Oxford mathematician Charles Lutwidge Dodgson aka Lewis Carroll, sends a handwritten manuscript of Alice’s Adventures Under Ground, to 10-year old Alice Liddell as a Christmas present

1863 – The first National Thanksgiving is celebrated

1863 – Union General George Meade strikes against Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia, after months of inaction following the Battle of Gettysburg, although, after five days of trying unsuccessfully, Meade abandoned the efforts

1872 – Clarence King, a geographical surveyor, exposed the “Great Diamond Hoax,” where con men Philip Arnold and John Slack had successfully convinced San Francisco capitalists to invest in a worthless mine in Colorado

1876 – Saudi Arabian King Ibn Saud is born

1876 – Inventor of the first air conditioning system to control both temperature and humidity, Willis Haviland Carrier is born

1883 – American activist, Sojourner Truth dies

1894 – American mathematician, Norbert Wiener is born

1898 – A winter storm with strong winds and gales in opposing directions, kills 450 people in New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts

1901 – The Hope Diamond is brought to New York

1907 – The Duma lends support to the Czar in St. Petersburg, who claims he has renounced autocracy

1912 – American broadcast journalist for CBS News, Eric Sevareid is born

1916 – Thomas Edward Lawrence, future “Lawrence of Arabia,” publishes a report analyzing the revolt led by the Arab leader Sherif Hussein against the Ottoman Empire

1917 – The Bolsheviks offer an armistice between Russian and the Central Powers

1920 – Irish actor, Cyril Cusack is born

1922 – American cartoonist and creator of “Peanuts” Charles M. Schulz is born

1922 – Archeologists Lord Carnarvon and Howard Carter open King Tut’s tomb, which had been undisturbed for 3,000 years

1924 – Sculptor, George Segal is born

1933 – Singer and actor, Robert Goulet is born

1933 – Thousands of citizens storm a jail in San Jose, California, where Thomas Thurmond and John Holmes are being held as suspects in the kidnapping and murder of Brooke Hart, the son of a local store owner, beat the guards, grab and lynch the accused men and then pose them for pictures. The town seemed to welcome the vigilante justice, including the Governor James Rolph who refused to send in the National Guard

1938 – Comedian and actor, Rich Little is born

1938 – Poland renews nonaggression pact with the Soviet Union to protect against a German invasion

1939 – The Soviet Union accuses Finland of attacking the border with artillery

1939 – Singer, actress, and dancer Tina Turner is born

1941 – The Japanese fleet departs from the Kuril Islands en route to attack Pearl Harbor

1942 – Casablanca premieres in New York City

1943 – American pilot and Medal of Honor recipient, Edward O’Hare dies

1946 – Professional football player and coach, Art Shell is born

1947 – France expels 19 Soviet citizens, charging them with intervention in internal affairs

1949 – India becomes a sovereign Democratic Republic

1950 – North Korean and Chinese troops stop a UN offensive in some of the heaviest fighting during the Korean War

1952 – Swedish geographer and explorer, Sven Hedin dies

1954 – Founder of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, a militant organization that sought to create an independent Tamil state in Sri Lanka, Velupillai Prabhakaran is born

1956 – NASCAR driver, Dale Jarrett is born

1957 – President Dwight Eisenhower has a minor stroke

1968 – Air Force 1st Lieutenant James P. Fleming launches a successful and heroic rescue mission to save a team of Army Special Forces that were pinned down by enemy fire

1972 – Indian actor, Arjun Rampal is born

1975 – Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme is found guilty of trying to assassinate President Gerald Ford

1979 – Massive oil deposits are found in Venezuela

1982 – Yasuhiro Nakasone is elected the 71st Japanese prime minister

1983 – Nearly 6,800 gold bars worth £26 million are stolen from Brinks-MAT vault at London’s Heathrow Airport

1989 – MTV Unplugged premieres

1998 – Tony Blair becomes the first Prime Minister of the United Kingdom to address the Republic of Ireland’s parliament

2000 – Republican candidate George W. Bush is declared the winner of Florida’s electoral votes, giving him enough votes to defeat Democrat Al Gore Jr. for the US presidency, despite losing the popular vote

2002 – President George W. Bush issues a presidential pardon to a turkey, beginning a tradition

2011 – NATA forces in Afghanistan attack a Pakistani check post in a friendly fire incident, killing 24 soldiers and wounding 13


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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