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What Happened This Day In History.

A chronological timetable of historical events that occurred on this day in history. Historical facts of the day in the areas of military, politics, science, music, sports, arts, entertainment and more. Discover what happened today in history.


  • 2016
    November 25
    2348 BC Biblical scholars have long asserted this to be the day of the Great Deluge, or Flood.
    1863 Union ends the siege of Chattanooga with the Battle of Missionary Ridge.
    1876 Colonel Ronald MacKenzie destroys Cheyenne Chief Dull Knife's village, in the Bighorn Mountains near the Red Fork of the Powder River, during the so-called Great Sioux War.
    1901 Japanese Prince Ito arrives in Russia to seek concessions in Korea.
    1914 German Field Marshal Fredrich von Hindenburg calls off the Lodz offensive 40 miles from Warsaw, Poland. The Russians lose 90,000 to the Germans' 35,000 in two weeks of fighting.
    1918 Chile and Peru sever relations.
    1921 Hirohito becomes regent of Japan.
    1923 Transatlantic broadcasting from England to America commences for the first time.
    1930 An earthquake in Shizouka, Japan kills 187 people.
    1939 Germany reports four British ships sunk in the North Sea, but London denies the claim.
    1946 The U.S. Supreme Court grants the Oregon Indians land payment rights from the U.S. government.
    1947 The Big Four meet to discuss the German and European economy.
    1951 A truce line between U.N. troops and North Korea is mapped out at the peace talks in Panmunjom, Korea.
    1955 The Interstate Commerce Commission bans segregation in interstate travel.
    1963 The body of assassinated President John F. Kennedy is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
    1964 Eleven nations give a total of $3 billion to rescue the value of the British currency.
    1986 As President Ronald Reagan announces the Justice Department's findings concerning the Iran-Contra affair; secretary Fawn Hall smuggles important documents out of Lt. Col. Oliver North's office.
    1987 Typhoon Nina sticks the Philippines with 165 mph winds and a devastating storm surge and causes over 1,030 deaths.
    1992 Federal Assembly of Czechoslovakia votes to partition the country into the Czech Republic and Slovakia, beginning Jan. 1, 1993.
    2008 Sri Lanka is hit by Cyclone Nisha, bringing the highest rainfall the area had seen in 9 decades; 15 people die, 90,000 are left homeless.
    Born on November 25
    1844 Carl Benz, pioneer of early motor cars.
    1896 Virgil Thompson, American composer (Four Saints in Three Acts, The Mother of Us All).
    1910 Alwin Nikolais, choreographer.
    1913 Lewis Thomas, physician and author (The Lives of a Cell).
    1914 Joe DiMaggio, Hall of Fame baseball star who led the New York Yankees to ten World Series.
    1939 Shelagh Delaney, playwright (A Taste of Honey).
    1942 Bob Lind, singer, songwriter who was an important influence in the 1960s folk rock movement in the US and UK ("Elusive Butterfly").
    1945 Gail Collins, journalist; first woman to serve as editorial page editor of The New York Times.
    1953 Jeffrey Skilling, former CEO of Enron Corp.; convicted of multiple felony charges in 2006, relating to Enron's financial collapse.
    1960 John F. Kennedy Jr., elder son of US Pres. John F. Kennedy (assassinated three days before JFK Jr.'s third birthday); co-founded George magazine in 1995; died in plane crash, July 16, 1999.
    1971 Christina Applegate, actress (Married . . . with Children, Samantha Who? TV series).
    1981 Jenna Bush Hager, daughter of US Pres. George W. Bush; she and her sororal twin sister were the first twin children of a US president; presently (2013) a special correspondent to NBC's Today Show and a contributor to NBC Nightly News.
    1986 Amber Hagerman, whose kidnapping and murder in Jan. 1996 led to the development of the AMBER Alert system to notify surrounding communities when a child is reported missing or abducted.