On This day In History… 28th November

November 28th may sound innocuous at first, but over the course of history it has, like any other day, accumulated its fair share of notable events. Here are a few such events as well as births and deaths that we thought merited a mention.


  • 1520: The first three European ships to sail from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean reach their destination under the command of Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan.
  • 1582: William Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway pay a £40 bond for their marriage license in Stratford-Upon-Avon.
  • 1785: The Treaty of Hopewell is signed.
  • 1811: Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.5 in E-flat major, Op.73, premiers at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig.
  • 1814: London-based paper The Times is printed by new automatic steam powered presses, signalling the beginning of the availability of newspapers to the wider public.
  • 1821: Panama separates from Spain and joins Gran Colombia, marking Panama Independence Day.
  • 1893: New Zealand becomes the first country in which women vote in a national election.
  • 1960: West African state Mauritania becomes independent of France.
  • 1972: The last executions in Paris took place. The convicts were Claude Buffet and Roger Bontems.


  • 1118: Manuel I Komnenos – Byzantine emperor (d. 1180).
  • 1489: Margaret Tudor – wife of James IV of Scotland (d. 1541).
  • 1570: James Whitelocke – English judge and politician; Chief Justice of Chester.
  • 1681: Jean Cavalier – French rebel leader.
  • 1772: Luke Howard – English chemist and meteorologist.
  • 1810: William Froude – English engineer and architect.
  • 1950: Ed Harris – American actor and producer.
  • 1961: Martin Clunes – English actor, singer and director.
  • 1979: Chamillionaire – American rapper, producer and actor.
  • 1985: Caitlin McClatchey – English-Scottish swimmer.
  • 1987: Craig Keiswetter – English cricketer.
  • 1990: Dedryck Boyata – Belgian footballer.


  • 1574: Georg Major – German theologian and educator.
  • 1680: Giovanni Francesco Grimaldi – Italian painter and architect.
  • 1859: Washington Irving – American historian and author.
  • 1915: Mubarak Al-Sabah – Kuwaiti ruler.
  • 1945: Dwight F. Davis – American tennis player and politician; 49thS Secretary of War
  • 1953: Frank Olson – American biologist and chemist.
  • 1971: Wasfi al-Tal – Jordanian captain and politician; 34th Prime Minister of Jordan.
  • 1982: Helen of Greece and Denmark.
  • 1993: Garry Moore – American comedian and game show host.
  • 2003: Ted Bates – English footballer and manager.
  • 2005: Marc Lawrence – American actor, director, producer and screenwriter.
  • 2010: Leslie Nielsen – Canadian-American actor and comedian.

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