What Happened On This Day – 26. November
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 – 26. November
1972 Arjun Rampal
1939 Tina Turner
American singer, dancer, actress
1922 Charles M. Schulz
1876 Ibn Saud
Saudi Arabian king
1827 Ellen G. White
American author, co-founder of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church
Deaths On This Day – 26. November
1952 Sven Hedin
Swedish geographer, explorer
1943 Edward O'Hare
American pilot, Medal of Honor recipient
1883 Sojourner Truth
1855 Adam Mickiewicz
1504 Isabella I of Castile