On This Day

What Happened on November 26

Important 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
  • 1865 "Alice in Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll is published in America
  • 1922 English archaeologist Howard Carter opens Tutankhamun's virtually intact tomb in Egypt
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November 26 in Film & TV

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

November 26 in Music

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

November 26 in Sport

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

Did You Know?

World's greatest robbery; 26 million pounds (sterling) worth of gold, diamonds and cash stolen from Brink's-Mat warehouse at Heathrow Airport, England

On November 26, 1983


Would You Believe?

In Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe, 1.5 inches (38.1mm) of rain fall in a minute, the heaviest rainfall ever on record

On November 26, 1970

Famous Weddings

  • 1894 Russian emperor Nicholas II (26) weds Alexandra Feodorovna (22) at the Grand Church of the Winter Palace in St Petersburg, Russia
  • 1924 Comic actor Charlie Chaplin (35) weds "The Kid" actress Lita Grey (16) in Mexico
  • 1927 Future Sound of Music matriarch and folk star Maria Augusta Kutschera (22) marries naval captain Georg von Trapp (47) in Salzburg
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