Home   On This Day   On This Day in History, November 26

On This Day in History, November 26

What Happened On This Day – November 26

  • 2003 Concorde retired from service

    Concorde retired from service after 27 years of flight

  • 1983 Brink’s Mat gold heist

    The £ 26 million robbery took place in a Brink Mat warehouse at Heathrow Airport in London. The stolen gold, diamonds and cash has never been recovered.

  • 1966 World’s first tidal power station opens in France

    The Rance Tidal Power Station on the Rance River in Brittany, France was inaugurated by French president Charles de Gaulle. Today, it is one of the largest tidal power stations in the world.

  • 1965 France launches Astérix

    The launch of the satellite from Hammaguir, Algeria made France the 6th country in the world after the US, the USSR, the UK, Canada, and Italy to have an artificial satellite in orbit. The satellite is named after the Asterix the popular comic character created by French writer René Goscinny.

  • 1942 Casablanca premiers

    The classic movie starring Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart won 3 Oscars – Best Picture, Director and Adapted Screenplay. The film, which is set during the Second World War, follows the life of Rick Blaine, a former freedom fighter and a club owner in Casablanca, Morocco, who has to choose between his love for a woman, Ilsa Lund, and saving her husband from the Nazis.

Births On This Day – November 26

  • 1972 Arjun Rampal

    Indian actor

  • 1939 Tina Turner

    American singer, dancer, actress

  • 1922 Charles M. Schulz

    American cartoonist

  • 1876 Ibn Saud

    Saudi Arabian king

  • 1827 Ellen G. White

    American author, co-founder of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church

Deaths On This Day – November 26

  • 1952 Sven Hedin

    Swedish geographer, explorer

  • 1943 Edward O'Hare

    American pilot, Medal of Honor recipient

  • 1883 Sojourner Truth

    American activist

  • 1855 Adam Mickiewicz

    Polish poet

  • 1504 Isabella I of Castile

You might also like

Look Up for Shooting Stars!

Look Up for Shooting Stars!

The Leonid meteor shower is active now and peaks on Nov 17/18. Use our Interactive Meteor Shower Sky Map to see when and where to best see these shooting stars. more

Commuters and tourists in Canary Wharf, London, United Kingdom.

Daylight Saving Time (DST)

Daylight Saving Time (DST) is the practice of setting the clocks forward 1 hour from standard time during the summer months, and back again in the fall, in order to make better use of natural daylight. more

Calendar with 12 months

12 Months of the Year

The 12 months of the year are linked to the Moon's orbit around Earth. Why are there 12 months? What do the month names mean? more