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On This Day in History, 26. November

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

    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 – 26. November

  • 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

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