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Daily Trivia - November 26

Births

1288 - Emperor Go-Daigo of Japan (d. 1339)
1436 - Princess Catherine of Portugal, writer (d. 1463)
1607 - John Harvard, English-born clergyman (d. 1638)
1609 - Henry Dunster, English president of Harvard College (d. 1659)
1657 - William Derham, English minister and writer (d. 1735)
1678 - Jean Jacques d'Ortous de Mairan, French geophysicist (d. 1771)
1703 - Theophilus Cibber, English actor and writer (d. 1758)
1792 - Sarah Grimke, American abolitionist and feminist (d. 1873)
1828 - René Goblet, French politician (d. 1905)
1832 - Mary Edwards Walker, American feminist physician (d. 1919)
1832 - Karl Rudolf König, German physicist (d. 1901)
1847 - Maria Fyodorovna, Princess of Denmark and Empress of Russia (d. 1928)
1857 - Ferdinand de Saussure, Swiss linguist (d. 1913)
1864 - Edward Higgins, the 3rd General of The Salvation Army (d. 1947)
1869 - Maud, Queen of Norway (d. 1938)
1876 - Willis Carrier, American engineer and inventor (d. 1950)
1877 - Alfred Cortot, Swiss pianist (d. 1962)
1885 - Heinrich Brüning, Chancellor of Germany (d. 1970)
1889 - Albert Dieudonné, French actor, screenwriter and novelist (d. 1976)
1894 - Norbert Wiener, American mathematician and founder of Cybernetics (d. 1964)
1898 - Karl Ziegler, German chemist, Nobel Prize laurete (d. 1973)
1899 - Bruno Hauptmann, German kidnapper of Charles Lindbergh III (d. 1936)
1905 - Bob Johnson, American baseball player (d. 1982)
1908 - Lefty Gomez, American baseball player (d. 1989)
1910 - Cyril Cusack, Irish actor (d. 1993)
1912 - Eric Sevareid, American journalist (d. 1992)
1915 - Earl Wild, American pianist
1922 - Charles M. Schulz, American cartoonist (d. 2000)
1924 - George Segal, American Pop Sculptor (d. 2000)
1925 - Eugene Istomin, American pianist (d. 2003)
1927 - Ernie Coombs, American children's entertainer (d. 2001)
1931 - Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, Argentine activist, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize
1931 - Adrianus Johannes Cardinal Simonis, Archbishop of Utrecht
1933 - Robert Goulet, American singer and actor
1937 - Boris Yegorov, Soviet cosmonaut
1938 - Porter J. Goss, American politician and Central Intelligence Agency director
1938 - Rodney Jory, Australian physicist
1938 - Rich Little, Canadian comedian and actor
1939 - Tina Turner, American singer and actress
1939 - Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, 5th Prime Minister of Malaysia
1943 - Bruce Paltrow, American producer and director (d. 2002)
1945 - Daniel Davis, American actor
1945 - John McVie, British musician (Fleetwood Mac)
1946 - Art Shell, American football player and coach
1947 - Susanne Zenor, American actress
1948 - Krešimir Ćosić, Croatian basketball player (d. 1995)
1948 - Shlomo Artzi, Israeli singer
1948 - Claes Elfsberg, Swedish television presenter
1949 - Vincent A. Mahler, Political Scientist and professor at Loyola University Chicago
1949 - Juanin Clay, American actress (d. 1995)
1951 - Cicciolina, Italian actress and politician
1953 - Harry Carson, American football player
1956 - Dale Jarrett, American race car driver
1962 - Chuck Finley, American baseball pitcher
1964 - Vreni Schneider, Swiss skier
1969 - Shawn Kemp, American basketball player
1970 - Dave Hughes, Australian comedian
1970 - Alex Taylor, Latin porn star
1971 - Ronald "Winky" Wright, American boxer
1972 - Arjun Rampal, Indian actor
1973 - Peter Facinelli, American actor
1976 - Maven Huffman, American professional wrestler
1977 - Ivan Basso, Italian professional road bicycle racer
1981 - Stephan Andersen, Danish international footballer
1981 - Natasha Bedingfield, British singer
1981 - Aurora Snow, American actress
1985 - Lil' Fizz, American singer

Deaths

399 - Pope Siricius
1252 - Blanche of Castile, Queen of Louis VIII of France (b. 1188)
1326 - Hugh the younger Despenser, English knight (b. 1286)
1504 - Queen Isabella I of Castile (b. 1451)
1621 - Radulph Agas, English surveyor
1639 - John Spottiswoode, Scottish historian (b. 1565)
1651 - Henry Ireton, English Civil War general (b. 1611)
1686 - Nicolas Steno, Danish geologist (b. 1638)
1688 - Philippe Quinault, French writer (b. 1635)
1689 - Marquard Gude, German archaeologist (b. 1635)
1717 - Daniel Purcell, British composer (b. 1664)
1719 - John Hudson, British classical scholar (b. 1662)
1780 - Sir James Denham Steuart, 4th Baronet, British economist (b. 1712)
1836 - John MacAdam, British road builder (b. 1756)
1851 - Nicolas Jean de Dieu Soult, French marshal (b. 1769)
1855 - Adam Mickiewicz, Polish poet (b. 1798)
1857 - Joseph von Eichendorff, German poet (b. 1788)
1876 - Karl Ernst von Baer, German biologist (b. 1792)
1885 - Thomas Andrews, Irish chemist (b.1813)
1896 - Emil du Bois-Reymond, German physician (b. 1818)
1896 - Coventry Patmore, British poet (b. 1823)
1934 - Mykhailo Hrushevsky, Ukrainian historian and statesman (b.1866)
1941 - Niels Hansen Jacobsen, Danish sculptor and ceramist (b. 1861)
1952 - Sven Hedin, Swedish explorer (b. 1865)
1956 - Tommy Dorsey, American bandleader (b. 1905)
1959 - Albert Ketèlbey, British composer (b. 1875)
1962 - Albert Sarraut, French politician (b. 1872)
1963 - Amelita Galli-Curci, Italian soprano (b. 1882)
1981 - Max Euwe, Dutch chess player (b. 1901)
1996 - Michael Bentine, British comedian (b. 1922)
1998 - Jonathan Kwitny, American investigative reporter (b. 1941)
2002 - Verne Winchell, American doughnut entrepreneur
2003 - Soulja Slim, American rapper (shot) (b. 1978)
2003 - Stefan Wul, French writer (b. 1922)
2005 - Stan Berenstain, children's author (b. 1923)

Events

43 BC-The Second Triumvirate alliance of Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus ("Octavian", later "Caesar Augustus"), Marcus Aemilius Lepidus, and Mark Antony is formed.
783 - The Asturian queen Adosinda is put up in a monastery to prevent her kin from retaking the throne from Mauregatus.
1778 - In the Hawaiian Islands, Captain James Cook becomes the first European to visit Maui.
1805 - Official opening of Thomas Telford's Pontcysyllte Aqueduct.
1825 - At Union College in Schenectady, New York a group of college students form Kappa Alpha Society, the first college social fraternity.
1862 - Charles Dodgson (AKA Lewis Carroll) sends the handwritten manuscript of Alice's Adventures Underground to 10-year-old Alice Liddell.
1863 - American Civil War: Mine Run - Union forces under General George Meade position against troops led by Confederate General Robert E. Lee.
1865 - Battle of Papudo: The Spanish navy engages a combined Peruvian-Chilean fleet north of Valparaiso, Chile.
1917 - The National Hockey League is formed, with the Montreal Canadiens, Montreal Wanderers, Ottawa Senators, Quebec Bulldogs, and Toronto Arenas as its first teams.
1918 - The Podgorica Assembly votes for "union of the people", declaring assimilation into the Kingdom of Serbia
1922 - Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon become the first people to enter the tomb of Egyptian King Tutankhamun in over 3000 years.
1922 - Toll of the Sea debuts as the first general release film to use two-tone Technicolor (The Gulf Between was the first film to do so but it was not widely distributed).
1939 - Shelling of Mainila: The Soviet Army orchestrates the incident which is used to justify the start of the Winter War with Finland four days later.
1941 - US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signs a bill establishing the fourth Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day in the United States.
1941 - World War II: Attack on Pearl Harbor - A fleet of six aircraft carriers commanded by Japanese Vice Admiral Chuichi Nagumo leaves Hitokapu Bay for Pearl Harbor under strict radio silence.
1941 - World War II: The Hull note ultimatum is delivered to Japan by the United States.
1942 - The film Casablanca premieres at the Hollywood Theater in New York City.
1942 - World War II: Yugoslav Partisans convene the first meeting of the Anti-Fascist Council of National Liberation of Yugoslavia at Bihać in northwestern Bosnia.
1949 - The Indian Constituent Assembly adopts India's constitution.
1950 - Korean War: Troops from the People's Republic of China move into North Korea and launch a massive counterattack against South Korean and American forces (Battle of Chosin Reservoir), ending any hopes of a quick end to the conflict.
1965 - In the Hammaguira launch facility in the Sahara Desert, France launches a Diamant-A rocket with its first satellite, Asterix-1 on board, becoming the third country to enter space.
1968 - Vietnam War: United States Air Force helicopter pilot James P. Fleming rescues an Army Special Forces unit pinned down by Viet Cong fire and is later awarded the Medal of Honor.
1968 - British rock band Cream play their farewell concert at the Royal Albert Hall.
1970 - In Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe, 1.5 inches (38.1mm) of rain fall in a minute, the heaviest rainfall ever on record.
1976 - The Band play their final concert, dubbed The Last Waltz. One of the guest performers is Eric Clapton, whose band Cream also played their farewell concert on November 26, 8 years earlier.
1977 - 'Vrillon', representative of the 'Ashtar Galactic Command', takes over Britain's Southern Television for five minutes at 5:12 PM.
1983 - Brinks Mat robbery: In London, 6,800 gold bars worth nearly £26 million are taken from the Brinks Mat vault at Heathrow Airport
1985 - US President Ronald Reagan signs over rights to his autobiography to Random House for a record US$3 million.
1986 - Iran-Contra scandal: US President Ronald Reagan announces the members of what will become known as the Tower Commission.
1986 - The New Yorker publishes Susan Sontag's AIDS short story, "The Way We Live Now"
1998 - Tony Blair becomes the first Prime Minister of the United Kingdom to address the Republic of Ireland's parliament.
2003 - Concorde makes its last ever flight over Bristol, UK.

Holidays

R.C. saints - Pope Siricius; celebration of the excellence of Saint Genevieve in Paris.
Also see November 26 (Eastern Orthodox liturgics)
Bahá'í Faith: Day of the Covenant
Mongolia: Independence Day
Russia: St. Yuri's Day (1497 - 1649)
     
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