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November 28: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on November 28

November 28th is also known as Red Planet Day and French Toast Day.

Welcome to day 332 of the year folks, there are 33 days left of the year.

Everyone who was born on November 28th shares the same star sign, Sagittarius.

If today is an important day for you, you should know that it’s also been an important day throughout history too. Here you’ll learn about the historic events that happened on this day.

Did you know that on this day in 1893, women voted in a general election for the first time in New Zealand? This made New Zealand the first country to allow women to vote in parliamentary elections.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about November 28th in history!

What Happened On November 28 In History?


Prime Minister of Britain, Margaret Thatcher, handed in her resignation to the Queen and stepped down after being prime minister for 11 years.

OTD in 1990: Prime Minister of Britain
Source BBC

Explorer Richard E. Byrd became the first person to fly over the South Pole.

Source ALE

Irish Republican Army (IRA) ambushed British soldiers near Kilmichael in County Cork.

The IRA managed to kill 17 British personnel.

Lady Nancy Astor became the first woman to become a member of the British House of Commons.

She was elected with a large majority, taking the place of her husband Waldorf Astor who moved into the House of Lords.

The Marianna Coal Mine in Pennsylvania exploded and killed 154 men.


The Chicago Times-Herald sponsored the United States’ first ever car race, with the winning car going an average 7 miles per hour.

Source TitleMax

Women voted in a general election for the first time in New Zealand.


England and France formally recognized Hawaii’s independence.

OTD in 1843: England and France formally recognized Hawaii's independence.
It is now celebrated each year as the state's Independence Day.
Source UNPO

The Times of London was first issued.


The female pirates Anne Bonny and Mary Read were found guilty for piracy.

The two were sentenced to death, but were spared as it was found later than they were both pregnant.

Navigator Ferdinand Magellan began his exploration of the Pacific Ocean.

Did you know that on this day, November 28th 1893, women voted in a general election for the first time in New Zealand?