Week in history

On this week in history (27th November to 3rd December inclusive) as follows;

  • 1641 – The first English newspaper is published
  • 1875 – Britain buys shares worth £4m in the Suez Canal Company
  • 1919 – A massive meteor lands in Lake Michigan
  • 1919 – Women are allowed to vote for the first time in the French elections
  • 1936 – In London, the Crystal Palace is destroyed by a massive blaze with flames shooting 300ft into the sky
  • 1939 – The world premiere of the film Gone with the Wind is held in New York
  • 1948 – The first Polaroid cameras go on sale in Boston
  • 1967 – President De Gaulle turns down British entry into the Common Market
  • 1967 – All horse racing is banned in Britain following an outbreak of foot and mouth disease
  • 1970 – The Gay Liberation Front holds its first demonstration in London
  • 1971 – The British government announces a fund of £3m for the victims of the drug Thalidomide
  • 1971 – In Rome, 100,000 demonstrators march against fascism
  • 1989 – The East German Communist Party votes to end its monopoly of power
  • 1999 – The Northern Ireland power sharing executive is formally set up
  • 2001 – US energy giant Enron files for bankruptcy

And some notable birthdays include;

  • 1701 – Anders Celsius, Swedish astronomer who invented the Celsius temperature scale
  • 1757 – William Blake, English visionary poet, painter and engraver
  • 1832 – Louisa M Alcott, American novelist
  • 1835 – Mark Twain, American novelist author
  • 1857 – Joseph Conrad, Polish-born English author
  • 1874 – Sir Winston Churchill, English statesman and prime minister
  • 1898 – C S Lewis, Irish scholar and writer of science fiction, works on religious subjects and children’s books
  • 1901 – Walt Disney, American film producer and animator
  • 1923 – Maria Callas, Greek operatic soprano
  • 1930 – Andy Williams, American singer of ballads
  • 1935 – Woody Allen, American comedian, screenwriter, actor and director
  • 1940 – Richard Pryor, American comedian and actor
  • 1942 – Jimi Hendrix, American singer and musician
  • 1943 – Randy Newman, American singer and songwriter
  • 1981 – Britney Spears, American singer and entertainer