November 25 Today in History

Today’s Important Historical Events

1177 Battle of Montgisard: Baldwin IV of Jerusalem defeats Saladin and a larger Ayyubid force

1783 Britain evacuates New York city, its last military position in the United States

1839 Cyclone slams south eastern India with high winds and a 40 foot storm surge, destroying city of Coringa. Storm waves sweep inland, destroying 20,000 ships and killing an estimated 300,000 people.

1905 Telimco makes the 1st ever advertisement for a radio set, by advertising a $7.50 set in the “Scientific American” which claimed to receive signals for up to one mile

1986 Iran-Contra affair erupts, President Reagan reveals secret arms deal

Today’s Historical Events


1034 Malcolm II, King of Scots (Máel Coluim mac Cináeda) (b. 980) dies; Donnchad, the son of his second daughter Bethóc and Crínán of Dunkeld, inherits the throne.

1120 ‘The White Ship’ capsizes near the Normandy coast while crossing the English Channel transporting many nobles, including the heir to the English throne, from France to England; about 300 die, only 1 survivor

1165 Holy Roman Emperor Frederick I (Barbarossa) visits Utrecht

1177 Battle of Montgisard: Baldwin IV of Jerusalem defeats Saladin and a larger Ayyubid force

1185 Pope Lucius III (Ubaldo Allucingoli) reigned 1181-85, dies and is replaced by Umberto Crivelli (Pope Urban III)

1277 Giovanni Gaetano Orsini elected as Pope Nicolas III

1357 Charles IV issues letter of protection of Jews of Strasbourg Alsace

1491 The siege of Granada, last Moorish stronghold in Spain, begins

Today’s Historical Events in Film and TV

1947 The 1st systematic Hollywood blacklist is instituted, denying employment to American entertainment professionals due to alleged Communist ties or sympathies

1948 KING TV channel 5 in Seattle, WA (NBC) begins broadcasting

1960 “Amos ‘n’ Andy” made its last broadcast on CBS radio

1960 CBS ends last 4 radio soap operas (Ma Perkins, Right to Happiness, Young Dr Malone & 2nd Mrs Burton) & cancels 4 other series

1962 WBJA (now WMGC) TV channel 34 in Binghamton, NY (ABC) 1st broadcast

1968 15th National Film Awards (India): “Hatey Bazarey” wins the Golden Lotus

1976 The Band’s farewell concert at San Francisco’s Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, California; guest performers include Neil YoungJoni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Ringo Starr, and the Staples Singers; concert film “The Last Waltz” directed by Martin Scorcese

1996 After 24 years, Disneyland Main Street Electrical Parade, ends

Today’s Historical Events in Music

1847 Opera “Marta” is produced (Vienna)

1902 Franz Lehar’s opera “Wiener Frauen” premieres in Vienna

1907 Jules Massenet‘s opera “Thaïs” has its first American performance in New York

1949 “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” appears on music charts

1950 “Tickets, Please” closes at Coronet Theater NYC after 245 performances

1953 “Guys & Dolls” closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 1,200 performances

1955 Walter Piston‘s 6th Symphony, composed to mark the 75th Anniversary of the Boston Symphony, premieres, led by Charles Munch

1959 “Once Upon a Mattress” opens at Alvin Theater NYC for 460 performances

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1908 Dorando Pietri (It) beats Johnny Hayes (US) in Madison Square Garden marathon by 60 yds

1911 Australasian Championships Men’s Tennis, Melbourne: 1907 Wimbledon champion Norman Brookes of Australia beats countryman Horace Rice 6-1, 6-2, 6-3

1911 CFL Grey Cup, Varsity Stadium, Toronto: UT Blues win 3rd straight title; beat Toronto Argonauts, 14-7

1930 Sporting News picks Bill Terry as NL MVP & Joe Cronin as AL MVP

1940 Football team University of Michigan retires Tom Harmon‘s #98

1941 Lou Boudreau, 24, becomes Cleveland Indians player manager

1944 32nd CFL Grey Cup: Montreal HMCS defeat Hamilton Flying Wildcats, 7-6

1949 Ted Williams wins AL MVP

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