Did you know that on this day in 1700, a Swedish army of 8,500 men under Charles XII, known in Sweden as The Warrior King, defeats a much larger Russian army at Narva? 18 years later, in 1718, Charles XII dies during a siege of the fortress Fredriksten in Norway. And did you know that on this day in 1786 Peter Leopold Joseph of Habsburg–Lorraine, Grand Duke of Tuscany, promulgates a penal reform making his country the first state to abolish the death penalty? Consequently, November 30 is commemorated by 300 cities around the world as Cities for Life Day.
It was also on this day in 1872 the first-ever international football match takes place at Hamilton Crescent, Glasgow, between Scotland and England, in 1886 the Folies Bergère stages its first revue, in 1936, in London, the Crystal Palace is destroyed by fire and in 1947 the 1947–1948 Civil War in Mandatory Palestine begins on this day, leading up to the creation of the state of Israel.
On this day in 1954, in Sylacauga, Alabama, United States, the Hodges Meteorite crashes through a roof and hits a woman taking an afternoon nap in the only documented case of a human being hit by a rock from space, in 1982 Michael Jackson‘s Thriller, the best-selling album of all time, is released and in 2004 longtime Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings of Salt Lake City, Utah finally loses, leaving him with US$2,520,700, television’s biggest game show winnings.
Some birthdays you may want to remember on this day are Jonathan Swift, Irish writer and satirist (1667-1745), Mark Twain, American writer (1835-1910),Sir Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Nobel laureate (1874-1965), Ridley Scott, British film director (1937), Billy Idol (born William Michael Albert Broad), British musician (1955), Gary Lineker, English footballer (1960), Ben Stiller, American actor (1965) and Clay Aiken, American singer (1978).
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