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November 28: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

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Facts & Historic Events That Happened on November 28

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

Welcome to day 333 of the year folks, there are 33 days remaining in 2024.

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 fun & interesting facts about November 28th in history!

Events

What memorable events happened on November 28 in history? Keep reading to find out!

2023

A Virgin Airlines plane became the first to fly using 100% sustainable jet fuel.

Flight VS100, which flew from London to New York, used a sustainable fuel made from a blend of used cooking oils, tallow, and other waste products. While planes using sustainable jet fuel emit the same amount of carbon, their net carbon emissions are 70% lower.

2014

The teaser trailer for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” was released, which first introduced the droid, BB-8.

1990

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

1975

East Timor declared its independence from Portugal.

In the 16th Century, Portugal began to colonize modern-day East Timor, taking complete control by 1702 and naming it Portuguese Timor. Portugal’s rule over the following centuries was somewhat limited, as they saw it as little more than a trading post. By 1975, Portugal had all but given up on the colony, and civil unrest was rife, which allowed East Timor to break away from Portugal.

1964

NASA launched the Mariner 4 space probe on a mission to Mars.

1958

The US SM-65 Atlas missile completed the first successful intercontinental ballistic missile launch.

SM-65 Atlas missiles were already being deployed for full operational use within a year. By 1965, they were already dated and replaced with newer, higher-tech intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBM). This was just the first of many Atlas missiles, with newer variants still in use today.

1929

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

1920

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

The IRA managed to kill 17 British personnel.

1919

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

OTD in 1919: 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.

1908

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

1895

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

1893

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

1843

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.

1814

The Times of London was first issued.

1720

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

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

1520

Navigator Ferdinand Magellan began his exploration of the Pacific Ocean.

OTD in 1520: Navigator Ferdinand Magellan began his exploration of the Pacific Ocean.

Famous Births

Are you celebrating your birthday today? If so, did you know that you share the same birthday as Ryan Kwanten? See what other famous people were born on this day.

1987

Karen Gillan

Scottish

Actress

Karen Gillan

Age:

36 years old

Born In:

Scotland, UK

1984

Mary Elizabeth Winstead

American

Actress

Mary Elizabeth Winstead

Age:

39 years old

Born In:

North Carolina, USA

1982

Alan Ritchson

American

Actor

Alan Ritchson

Age:

41 years old

Born In:

North Dakota, USA

1976

Ryan Kwanten

Australian

Actor

Ryan Kwanten

Age:

47 years old

Born In:

New South Wales, Australia

Famous Deaths

Unfortunately, November 28th has also been a day where we’ve had to say some goodbyes over the years…

1926

2010

Leslie Nielsen

Canadian

Actor

Leslie Nielsen

1926

2010

Leslie Nielsen

Leslie Nielsen was a Canadian actor born on February 11, 1926. He died on this day in 2010, at age 84 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA.

Died On:

Nov 28, 2010 (Age 84)

Died In:

Florida, USA

1960

1994

Jeffrey Dahmer

American

Serial Killer

Jeffrey Dahmer

1960

1994

Jeffrey Dahmer

Jeffrey Dahmer was an American serial killer born on May 21, 1960. He died on this day in 1994, at age 34 in Portage, Wisconsin, USA.

Died On:

Nov 28, 1994 (Age 34)

Died In:

Wisconsin, USA

Quotes

Every day brings a new quote – here are the most well-known quotes spoken or written on Nov 28th in history.

1762

Whatever you do, crush the infamous thing, and love those who love you.

Voltaire

Voltaire

French Writer

Special Holidays

If you’ve got a few minutes spare today, why not celebrate these special holidays.

November 28: Red Planet Day
World

Red Planet Day

The Mariner 4 Spacecraft launched on this day in 1964 and, after an eight-month-long journey, became the first spacecraft to fly by Mars and capture photos. Red Planet Day celebrates both this historical moment and Mars itself, so read up on some Mars facts and try to spot it tonight!

November 28: National French Toast Day
United States

National French Toast Day

It doesn’t matter whether you like it sweet or savory, or if you call it eggy bread instead; today is National French Toast Day, which means you should eat some today! So celebrate today by heading down to your favorite brunch spot or make it at home exactly the way you like it.

THe Fact Site’s

Fun Fact Of The Day

In 1916, Cincinnati, Ohio, built a subway system that ended up never being used. It is the most extensive unused subway system in the US.

Birthday & Zodiac

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

Due to their spontaneous streak, Sagittarians can be challenging to make longer-term plans with.

People born during November have the Topaz birthstone. Topaz symbolizes rejuvenation and strength while also providing loyalty, faithfulness, and everlasting friendships.

Anyone born on November 28 would likely have been conceived around March 7 in the same year.

A baby conceived on November 28th, 2024, will likely be born around August 21st, 2025.

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