On This Day for 25th November

Historical Events

  • 1177 Baldwin IV of Jerusalem and Raynald of Chatillon defeat Saladin at the Battle of Montgisard.
  • 1783 Britain evacuates New York city, its last military position in United States
  • 1839 A cyclone slams India with high winds and a 40 foot storm surge, destroying the port city of Coringa (never to be entirely rebuilt again). The storm wave sweeps inland, taking with it 20,000 ships and thousands of people. An estimated 300,000 deaths result from the disaster.
  • 1867 Alfred Nobel patents dynamite
  • 1983 World's greatest robbery 26 million pounds worth of gold, diamonds & cash stolen from the Brink's-Mat warehouse at Heathrow Airport, England

Did You Know?

Polish Minister of National Defence Radek Sikorski opens Warsaw Pact archives to historians. Maps of possible nuclear strikes against Western Europe, as well as the possible nuclear annihilation of 43 Polish cities and 2 million of its citizens by Soviet-controlled forces, are released.

On November 25th, 2005

Famous Weddings

  • 1795 US President William Henry Harrison (22) weds Anna Symmes (20) in North Bend, Ohio
  • 1908 Vaudeville performer Will Rogers (29) weds Betty Blake
  • 1913 28th US President Woodrow Wilson's daughter Jessie marries in The White House
  • 1923 Film director Frank Capra (26) weds actress Helen Howell in San Francisco, California
  • 1961 Racing car driver Mario Andretti (21) weds high school sweetheart Dee Ann Hoch (19)

Famous Divorces

  • 2002 Academy Award-winning actor Nicolas Cage (38) divorces "Princess of Rock and Roll" Lisa Marie Presley (34) due to irreconcilable differences after 3 months of marriage