What Happened On This Day – 25. November
1973 Military coup in Greece
President George Papadopoulos was ousted by the army, just a week after student-led protests at the Athens Polytechnic were violently put down by the government.
1960 Assassination of the Mirabal Sisters
The 3 Dominican sisters, Patria, Minerva, Antonia Mirabal, were activists that were opposed to the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo. On this day, they were brutally killed and their deaths staged to look like accidents. In 1999, the United Nations General Assembly declared November 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
1952 Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap opens at London’s West End
The longest running show in history, the play began as a radio play called Three Blind Mice. It is based on the death of Dennis O'Neill, who died while in foster care.
1950 “Storm of the century” hits eastern US
Also known as the Appalachian Storm, the storm reached blizzard conditions and dumped nearly 60 inches of snow in the Appalachian area. It brought unseasonal temperatures to the region and caused widespread damage to property. About 150 people were thought to have been killed as a result of it.
1936 Nazi Germany and Japan sign the Anti-Comintern Pact
The treaty was directed towards the Soviet Union and stipulated that in case of Soviet aggression towards either country, the other would consider it as an act of aggression towards it as well. The pact was later signed by other countries including Italy, Romania, Spain, and Turkey.
Births On This Day – 25. November
1952 Imran Khan
Pakistani cricketer, politician
1915 Augusto Pinochet
Chilean general, politician, 30th President of Chile
1914 Joe DiMaggio
American baseball player
1844 Karl Benz
German engineer, businessman, founded Mercedes-Benz
1835 Andrew Carnegie
Scottish/American businessman, founded the Carnegie Steel Company
Deaths On This Day – 25. November
2005 George Best
1997 Hastings Banda
Malawian politician, 1st President of Malawi
1974 U Thant
Burmese diplomat, 3rd United Nations Secretary General
1974 Nick Drake
English singer-songwriter, musician
1944 Kenesaw Mountain Landis