November 26th: 2022

View todays celebrity birthdays and find out what happened in history today.

1865 – Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland” novel was published. It would become one of the most famous works of English language fiction.
Celebrity : birthdays
Tina Turner, (Annie Mae Bullock), singer, 83; Amos Garrett, guitarist, 81; John McVie, bassist, (Fleetwood Mac) 77; Julien Temple, director, 70; Hilary Benn, politician, 69; Des Walker, footballer, 57; DJ Khaled (Khaled Mohamed Khaled) DJ, 47; Natasha Bedingfield, singer, 41; Rita Ora, singer/actress, 32; Danny Welbeck, footballer, 32; Aaron Wan Bissaka, footballer, 25.

What : day is it

November 26th is Good Grief Day and National Cake Day.
This day : in history

1867 – Mrs. Lily Maxwell of Manchester became the first ever woman to vote in a British election, due to a mistake in the electoral register. She had to be escorted to the polling station by a bodyguard to protect her from those opposed to women’s suffrage.

1908 – The birth of Lord Forte (Charles Forte), British business magnate and Chairman of Trusthouse Forte, one of the largest hotel and restaurant groups in the world.

1922 – Howard Carter and the Earl of Carnarvon, Carter’s sponsor, became the first men to see inside the tomb of the Pharaoh Tutankhamun near Luxor since it was sealed 3,000 years previously. Having escaped detection by tomb robbers, it was complete with gold statues and a gold throne inlaid with gems.

1942 – Casablanca premiered at Hollywood Theatre, in New York City. It came out in wide release on January 23, 1943.

1944 – World War II: A German V-2 rocket hit a Woolworth’s store on New Cross High Street in Lewisham and killed 168 shoppers.

1945 – The release of the classic romantic film Brief Encounter, starring Celia Johnson, Trevor Howard, Stanley Holloway and Joyce Carey. The film was partially shot at Carnforth railway station and buffet room.

1954 – Donald Campbell’s new Bluebird K7 (a turbo jet engined hydroplane) was handed over to him On This Day. Campbell set seven world water speed records in Bluebird K7 and it was in her that he was killed on Coniston Water on 4th January 1967 whilst attempting another water speed record, his target being 300 mph.

1968 – The new Race Relations Act made it illegal to refuse housing, employment or public services to people because of their ethnic background.

1983 – The Brinks Mat security warehouse at London’s Heathrow Airport was robbed of £25 million worth of gold bars weighing three tons. The gang gained entry to the warehouse from an insider security guard called Anthony Black. The robbers expected to steal £3 million in cash, but when they arrived, they found the gold bullion, most of which was never recovered.

1987 – Drawings of English bank notes by US artist James Boggs were declared works of art and not illegal replicas of UK currency by an Old Bailey jury.

1988 – Mrs. Rita Lockett of Torquay, Devon, spent £10,000 to repeat her daughter’s wedding two months after the event, because she did not like the video. The couple went through the reception with all 200 wedding guests wearing the same outfits and having to listen to the same speeches, this time with a professional video crew on hand.

1992 – It was announced that as from 1993 the Queen would make arrangements to pay income tax, the first British monarch to do so since the 1930s.

2014 – The Save the Children charity was criticised for giving former Prime Minister Tony Blair an award for his anti-poverty work in Africa. Critics said that his role in the Iraq war should disqualify him from receiving the honour.

2016 – Punk memorabilia said to be worth £5m was set on fire in the middle of the River Thames in London. Joe Corre, son of Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren and fashion designer Dame Vivienne Westwood, burnt the items on the 40th anniversary of the release of Anarchy In The UK, saying that “punk was never meant to be nostalgic”.

2018 – Ukraine declares martial law in areas bordering Russia three of its naval vessels are seized. On the same day, director Bernardo Bertolucci dies aged 77.

2019 – Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies aged 59.

Trivia : and shower thoughts

Did you know that on this day in 1865, Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland” novel was published? It would become one of the most famous works of English language fiction.

The .tv domain name is actually the country code for the small Polynesian nation of Tuvalu.

The famous “NBC chimes” are the notes G-E-C, which coincidentally corresponded to the initials of its future acquirer, the General Electric Corporation.

“I am the great Cornholio!” #TVCatchphrase

Albert Einstein’s ophthalmologist took his eyeballs after his autopsy. They remain to this day floating in a jar in a bank vault in New Jersey.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! was originally titled “Champs and Chumps”.

There is a fine line between “I should make that my status update” and “I should call my therapist”. People need to learn the difference.

In a process called triboluminescence, Wint-O-Green Lifesavers give off little sparks when they are eaten in the dark.

James Garfield had no interest in becoming president when he attended the Republican convention in 1880. He was added to the 34th ballot and selected on the 36th. He went on to win the presidency and was assassinated 4 months later.

The Capital of Chad is N’Djamena

One-word sentences? Eliminate.

Birthday : quotes

“If I were to be given the opportunity to present a gift to the next generation, it would be the ability for each individual to learn to laugh at himself.” – Charles M. Schulz

“She had me cut them in halves, quarters and eighths and add and subtract the parts. Fractions took on a new meaning, and I felt as if no problem would be too hard for me.” – Willis Carrier

“Stay focused and secure your bag, because they want you to fail and they don’t want us to win.” – DJ Khaled

“Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today. It is already tomorrow in Australia.” – Charles M. Schulz

“Every dog, we are told, has his day, unless there are more dogs than days.” – Bat Masterson

“I’m not wise, but the beginning of wisdom is there; it’s like relaxing into… and an acceptance of… things.” – Tina Turner

“Sometimes you have to let everything go – purge yourself. If you are unhappy with anything – whatever is bringing you down – get rid of it. Because you will find that when you are free, your true creativity, your true self comes out.” – Tina Turner

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