November 26 Today in History

Today’s Important Historical Events

43 BC Second Triumvirate alliance of Roman leader Octavian (later Caesar Augustus), Marcus Aemilius Lepidus, and Mark Antony formed

1778 British explorer Captain James Cook is the first European to visit Maui in the Sandwich Islands (now Hawaii)

1789 1st national Thanksgiving in America

1791 1st US cabinet meeting, held at George Washington‘s home in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson, Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton, Secretary of War Henry Knox, and Attorney General Edmund Randolph attend.

1865 “Alice in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll is published in America

1922 English archaeologist Howard Carter opens Tutankhamun‘s virtually intact tomb in Egypt

Today’s Historical Events

43 BC Second Triumvirate alliance of Roman leader Octavian (later Caesar Augustus), Marcus Aemilius Lepidus, and Mark Antony formed

579 Pelagius II begins his reign as Catholic Pope

783 Asturian queen Adosinda was put in the monastery of San Juan de Pravia, where she lived out the rest of her life, to prevent her kin from retaking the throne from Mauregatus.

1476 Vlad III Dracula defeats Basarab Laiota with the help of Stephen the Great and Stephen V Bathory and becomes the ruler of Wallachia for the third time.

1527 Pope Clemens VII signs treaty with emperor Karel I

1580 French Huguenots & Roman Catholics sign peace treaty

1648 Pope Innocent X condemns Peace of Westphalia

1688 Duke of Savoye signs on to League of Augsburg

Today’s Historical Events in Film and TV

1922 1st successful Technicolor movie (The Toll of the Sea), premieres at the Rialto Theatre in NYC

1928 Philip Barry’s play “Holiday” premieres in New York City

1942 “Casablanca” directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman premieres at Hollywood Theater, NYC (Academy Awards Best Picture 1943)

1943 Last Judy Garland-Mickey Rooney movie “Girl Crazy” released

1945 “Brief Encounter”, based on Noël Coward‘s one-act play “Still Life”, directed by David Lean and starring Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard is released

1953 KBOI (now KBCI) TV channel 2 in Boise, ID (CBS) begins broadcasting

1953 WJHL TV channel 11 in Johnson City, TN (CBS) begins broadcasting

Today’s Historical Events in Music

1921 Danish composer Rued Langgaard’s “Music of the Spheres” (Sfærernes Musik) premieres at Konzerthaus in Karlsruhe, Germany; it is not performed in Denmark until 1969

1945 Charlie “Bird” Parker leads recording session for the Savoy label marketed as the “greatest Jazz session ever” with Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis

1955 “Boy Friend” closes at Royale Theater NYC after 483 performances

1962 The Beatles re-record “Please Please Me” at a faster tempo

1966 “Walking Happy” opens at Lunt Fontanne Theater, NYC; runs for 161 performances

1968 Rock band Cream gives “final” concert (Royal Albert Hall, London, England) – but re-unites briefly for a short tour in 2005

1976 East Germany strips singer-songwriter and poet Wolf Biermann his citizenship while he tours West Germany

1976 Sex Pistols release their debut single “Anarchy In The UK”

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1905 1st Australasian Championships Men’s Tennis, Melbourne: Rodney Heath beats Albert Curtis 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4

1910 CFL Grey Cup, AAA Grounds, Hamilton: University of Toronto Blues retain title; beat Hamilton Tigers, 16-7

1917 NHL forms with Montreal Canadiens, Montreal Maroons, Toronto Arenas, Ottawa Senators & Quebec Bulldogs; National Hockey Association disbands

1927 CFL Grey Cup, Varsity Stadium, Toronto: Toronto Balmy Beach defeat Hamilton Tigers, 9-6 for their first of 2 Championships

1941 Amateur American tennis stars Bobby Riggs and Frank Kovacs turn professional after being suspended by the US Lawn Tennis Association for undisclosed financial gain

1949 CFL Grey Cup, Varsity Stadium, Toronto: Montreal Alouettes beat Calgary Stampeders, 28-15 for their first Championship

1954 Test Cricket debut of Colin Cowdrey v Australia at Gabba

1955 20th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 26-0 in Birmingham