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November 2015

1918 – Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., American actor born (d. 2014)

30 November

Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. (30 Nov, 1918 – 2 May, 2014) was an American actor known for his starring roles in the television series 77 Sunset Strip and The F.B.I. He is also known as recurring character “Dandy Jim Buckley” in the series Maverick and as the voice behind the character Alfred Pennyworth in Batman: The Animated Series and associated spin-offs. He also voiced Doctor Octopus from the 1990s Spider-Man animated series, and Justin Hammer from the second season of 1994 Iron Man animated series. Continue reading “1918 – Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., American actor born (d. 2014)”

1982 – Michael Jackson’s second solo album, ‘Thriller’ is released worldwide

30 November

Thriller is the sixth studio album (second solo) by the American recording artist Michael Jackson. It was released on this day in 1982, by Epic Records, as the follow-up to Jackson’s critically and commercially successful 1979 album Off the Wall. Recording sessions took place on April to November 1982 at Westlake Recording Studios in Los Angeles,California with a production budget of $750,000, assisted by producer Quincy Jones. Continue reading “1982 – Michael Jackson’s second solo album, ‘Thriller’ is released worldwide”

1954 – In Sylacauga, Alabama, United States

30 November

The Sylacauga meteorite fell on this day in 1954, at 14:46 local time in Oak Grove, Alabama, near Sylacauga. It is commonly called the Hodges meteorite because a fragment of it struck Ann Elizabeth Hodges (1920–1972). Continue reading “1954 – In Sylacauga, Alabama, United States”

1942 – World War II: Battle of Tassafaronga

30 November

The Battle of Tassafaronga, also referred to as the Fourth Battle of Savo Island was a night naval battle that took place on this day in 1942 between United States Navy and Imperial Japanese Navy warships during the Guadalcanal campaign. The battle took place in Ironbottom Sound near the Tassafaronga area on Guadalcanal. Continue reading “1942 – World War II: Battle of Tassafaronga”

100 Historical objects made available for teaching

Although intended for, and focussed on,  use in the British curriculum the British museum in conjunction with other British museums has provided images of and resources for 100 historical objects that can be used by any educator. Continue reading “100 Historical objects made available for teaching”

1864 – American Indian Wars: Sand Creek massacre

29 November

The Sand Creek massacre was an atrocity in the American Indian Wars that occurred on November 29, 1864, when a 700-man force of Colorado Territory militia attacked and destroyed a peaceful village of Cheyenne and Arapaho in southeastern Colorado Territory, killing and mutilating an estimated 70–163 Native Americans, about two-thirds of whom were women and children. The location has been designated the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site and is administered by the National Park Service.

1847 – Whitman massacre

29 November

The Whitman massacre was the murder of Oregon missionaries Marcus Whitman and his wife Narcissa, along with eleven others, on this day in 1847. They were killed by a party of Cayuse Native Americans who accused him of having poisoned 200 Cayuse in his medical care. The incident began the Cayuse War. Continue reading “1847 – Whitman massacre”

1975 – East Timor declares its independence from Portugal

28 November

East Timor was colonised by Portugal in the 16th century, and was known as Portuguese Timor until on this day in 1975, when the Revolutionary Front for an Independent East Timor (FRETILIN) declared the territory’s independence.

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1919 – Lady Astor is elected as a Member of the Parliament of the United Kingdom

28 November

Nancy Witcher Langhorne Astor, Viscountess Astor, (19 May 1879 – 2 May 1964) was the first female Member of Parliament to take her seat. Continue reading “1919 – Lady Astor is elected as a Member of the Parliament of the United Kingdom”

1627 – The Battle of Oliwa.

28 November

The naval Battle of Oliwa, took place on this day in 1627 during the Polish-Swedish War. Continue reading “1627 – The Battle of Oliwa.”

2001 – the first atmosphere detected on an extrasolar planet

27 November

HD 209458 b (unofficially named Osiris) is an extrasolar planet that orbits the solar analogue HD 209458 in the constellation Pegasus, some 150 light-years from the Solar System. Continue reading “2001 – the first atmosphere detected on an extrasolar planet”

602 – Emperor Maurice is executed

27 November

Maurice Flavius Mauricius Tiberius Augustus 539 – 27 Nov 602 was Byzantine Emperor from 582 to 602. Maurice was murdered on this day in 602. It is said that the deposed emperor was forced to watch his six sons executed before he was beheaded himself. Empress Constantina and her three daughters were spared and sent to a monastery. Continue reading “602 – Emperor Maurice is executed”

1922 – Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon enter the tomb of Tutankhamun

26 November

Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon become the first people to enter the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun in over 3000 years. Continue reading “1922 – Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon enter the tomb of Tutankhamun”

Elephant butchered at one of the oldest sites in Greece

Researchers have discovered a number of stone tools and a near complete elephant skeleton dating to 300,000-600,000 years ago at Megalopolis in Greece. Continue reading “Elephant butchered at one of the oldest sites in Greece”

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