What Happened on November 28

Significant Events

  • 1520 Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan begins crossing the Pacific Ocean
  • 1814 The Times of London first printed by automatic, steam powered presses built by German inventors Friedrich Koenig and Andreas Friedrich Bauer - makes newspapers available to a mass audience
  • 1893 Women vote in a national election for the first time, in the New Zealand general election
  • 1919 US-born Lady Astor elected first female member of British House of Commons
  • 1967 1st radio pulsars detected by British postgraduate Jocelyn Burnell and her supervisor Antony Hewish at Cambridge University
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November 28 in Film & TV

  • 1975 "As the World Turns" and "The Edge of Night", the final two American soap operas that had resisted going to pre-taped broadcasts, air their last live episodes.

November 28 in Music

  • 1925 Grand Ole Opry premieres as WSM Barn Dance on WSM radio Nashville, Tennessee

November 28 in Sport

  • 1895 America's 1st auto race organised by the "Chicago Times-Herald" Chicago to Evanston and back; 6 cars, 55 miles, winner avg 7 MPH

Did You Know?

In Haverhill, Massachusetts, scrap-metal dealer Louis B. Mayer opens his first movie theater

On November 28, 1907

Would You Believe?

Captain Cyril Turner (RAF) gives 1st skywriting exhibition (NYC) Turner spelled out "Hello USA. Call Vanderbilt 7200." 47,000 called

On November 28, 1922

Famous Weddings

  • 1582 Playwright and poet William Shakespeare (18) marries Anne Hathaway (26) (date of the marriage license)
  • 1936 Paleoanthropologist Raymond Arthur Dart (43) weds librarian Marjorie Gordon Frew
  • 1938 Chinese politician Mao Zedong (44) weds Jiang Qing (24) in a small private ceremony
  • 1962 Artist and peace activist Yoko Ono (30) weds film producer Anthony Cox
  • 1986 NBC's Ahmad Rashad marriage proposal is accepted by Phylicia Ayers-Allen during halftime of Det Lions-NY Jets football game
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