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    November 9th 1989, the Berlin Wall finally came down.

    Also on this day:

    Alice Coachman was born in Albany, Georgia. She was the first African/American woman to win an olypmic gold medal.

    Also on this day in 1938 began two nights of violence by the Nazis against the Jews, which became known as KristallNacht, or “night of broken glass”. Many Jewish synagogues were attacked as were Jewish Businesses. It ended with the death of at least 91 Jews.

    Evander Hollyfield won a 3rd world heavyweight chmpionship title against Mike Tyson on a techincal knockout.


    On this day, Nov 10th 1982:

    Leonard Brezhnev, leader of the Sovet Union for more than 18 years, died.

    Also on this day in 1982, the Vietnam veterans memorial was inveiled in Washington DC.

    And on this day in 1888, the terrifying reign of Jack the Ripper finally came to an end.


    On this day in 1921, the first Armistice Day was held in Wshington DC, Paris and London, with the burial of unknown soliders during the first world war.

    Also on this day in 1493, Christopher Columbus discovered the island of St Martin in the West Indies,

    and on this day in 1918, at 5.am, the Allied Powers and Germany signed an armistice document. 6 hours later World War one finally came to an end.


    On this day, Nov 12th 1883, A great metor shower, containing hundereds of thousands of meteors, was seen over North America.

    Also on this day in 1859, The worlds first flying trapeze act was performed by Jules Leotard in Paris, without a net.

    And on this day in 1980, the US space probe Voyager 1, reached Saturn.


    On this day in 1850, the author best known for Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson was born.

    Also on this day in 1916, during WW1, the costly allied ofensive against German positions on the River Somme finally ended,

    And also on this day in 1985, Mount Ruiz in the Andes erupted, killing an estimated 25,000 people.


    On this day in 1305, Clement V was crowned pope,
    Also on this day in 1888, Harper & Brothers published the masterpiece Moby Dick,
    And also on this day in 1969, Apollo 12 was launched landing on the moon 5 days later with a crew of 3.


    On this day in 1891, W. Averell Harriamn, who was a statesman and leading US diplomat with the Soviet Union during WW2 was born.

    Also on this day in 1889, Emperor Pedro 11 of Brazil was forced to abdicate

    And also on this day in 1938, a farewell parade was held in Barcelona for the volunteers of the International Brigades who fought for the republicans during the Spanish Civil War.


    On this day in 1558, Upon the death of Mary 1st, Elizabeth Tudor accended the throne as Eliazabeth 1st,

    Also on this day in 1869, after 10 years in the making, the Suez Canal was finally opened in Egypt,

    On this day in 1887, British Field Marshall Bernard Law Montgomery was born in London,

    And also on this day in 2003, the actor Arnold Schwarzenegger was inaugurated as Govenor of California.


    On this day in 1905, Pronce Charles of Dnemark was elected King of Norway. His official title was Haakon V11.

    Also on this day in 1941, Australias first Labour Prime Minister, John Christian Watson, died in Sydney,

    And also on this day in 1978, Jim Jones, leader of the Peoples Temple religious group, and some of his 900 followers, died in a massive suicide/murder in Guyana, known as the Jonestown Massacre.


    On this day in 1703, the famous “man in the iron mask”, died in the Bastille,

    Also on this day in 1917, Indira Ghandi, daugher of the first Prime Minister of India was born. She was assassinated in 1984 by Sikh extremists whilst in office.

    And also on this day in 1977, the president of Egypt, Anwar el Sedat, visited Israel with a peace plan between Egypt and Israel.


    On this day in 1718, the infamous pirate Blackbeard was killed off of the north coast of Carolina.

    Also on this day in 1963, President John F Kennedy was assassinated

    On this day in 1975 Juan Carlos became King of Spain,

    On this day in 1990, Margaret Thatcher resigned as Prime Minister of the UK,

    And also on this day 1994, Mount Merapi, in Java erupted, killing 64 people.


    On this day in 1863, Generla Ulysses Grant, defeated General Braxtons forces at Mount Lookout during the American Civil War.

    Also on this day in 1936, Germany and Japan formed the Anti Comintern Pact against the Sovet Union,

    And also on this day in 2002, Agatha Christie’s famous play The Mousetrap, celebrated it,s 50 aniversary with a Royal Gala in London. It originally opened on the 25th November 1952.


    On this day in 1582, William Shakespear married Anne Hathaway,

    Also on this day in 1919, Lady Astor became the first woman to be elected to the House of Commons

    On this day in 1929, Berry Gordy JR, the founder of Motown was born,

    And also on this day in 2002, the parliament of the Netherlands passed a bill permitting euthanasia under certain specified conditions.


    On this day in 1832, Louisa May Alcott, best known for her books “Little Women” was born,

    Also on this day in 1929, American aviator Richard E. Byrd flew over the south pole

    On this day in 1997, some 28,000 people gathered at the RFK stadium in Washington for a mass wedding. The ceremony was conducted by Sun Myung Moon, who was the leader of the Unification Church,

    And also on this day in 2001, George Harrison, formally of The Beatles, died of cancer in LA.

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