What Happened on November 26?

  • Thanksgiving Day was celebrated in the US for the first time. (1789) At the recommendation of US President George Washington, the US Congress approved a day of thanks to celebrate the US Constitution. The holiday wouldn't become an annual event until 1863 and wouldn't be signed into law until 1941 when US President Franklin D. Roosevelt made it an official, national holiday.

  • People entered King Tut's tomb for the first time in 3,000 years. (1922) Howard Carter, a British archaeologist, had located the tomb in Luxor, Egypt, and on this day he and his British financier Lord Carnarvon opened it. Inside, they found the contents to be very well preserved. King Tutankhamen’s body was buried in a gold coffin, which also was found intact.

  • US President Franklin D. Roosevelt announced a nationwide rationing of gasoline. (1942) The rationing was set to begin on December 1. It wasn't instituted because of a shortage of fuel; the rationing was implemented to preserve the nation's rubber supply, which was badly needed during the war. Rationing fuel would save on the wear and tear of car tires.

  • France launched its first satellite. (1965) The Diamant-A rocket carried the Asterix-1 satellite into space. It was launched from an Algerian launch facility in the Sahara Desert, making France the third nation to venture into space.

  • China entered the Korean War, dashing hopes of a quick resolution. (1950) China waged two battles, the Battle of Chosin Reservoir and the Battle of the Ch'ongch'on River. Both battles were counterattacks against United Nations forces which included troops from the US, and South Korea. A ceasefire wouldn't be signed until July 1953.

  • The heaviest rainfall in history was recorded. (1970) In one minute, 1.5 inches (about 38.1 mm) of rain fell in the city of Basse-Terre in Guadeloupe in the French Antilles.

  • California vigilantes lynched two murder suspects and were later applauded by the governor for their actions. (1933) John Holmes and Thomas Thurmond were arrested for allegedly murdering Brooke Hart, a local store owner's son, in San Jose, California. Once his body washed ashore and the murder was verified, a mob began to form and lynching plans were rumored in newspapers and on radio broadcasts. Governor James Rolph turned down offered assistance from the National Guard, and after the lynching took place, he called it, "The best lesson ever given to the country."

  • One of the most successful mining swindles in history, "The Great Diamond Hoax," was exposed. (1872) John Slack and Philip Arnold from Kentucky posed as country bumpkins and entered a bank in San Francisco to deposit uncut diamonds. In an effort to profit off the two, bank manager William Ralston talked them into giving him control of the mine. Once the "mining expert" returned and reported a mine full of rubies and diamonds, Ralston created an official mining company with a capital of $10 million US Dollars (USD) and began selling to investors. He gave Slack and Arnold a mere $600,000 USD in exchange. The mine, of course, wasn't real and the two "bumpkins" made off with the $600,000 USD.

  • The National Hockey League was established in Montreal, Canada. (1917) The league has more than 30 Canadian and US teams today, but it began with just five: Ottawa Senators, Montreal Canadiens, Quebec Bulldogs, Montreal Wanderers, and Toronto Arenas.

  • The University of Notre Dame was established. (1842) Notre Dame is a Catholic university in Indiana that opened as an all-male school; women weren't admitted until 1972.

Discussion Comments


Even though I've never been to the University of Notre Dame, I know more than enough about it to know that women weren't admitted. Honestly, that doesn't really surprise me. Considering that the university was established in the 1800s, don't forget that women had many limited rights back then, and it wasn't until many years later, that some of those restrictions would be removed. After all, just look at the gap between 1842 and 1972. That's quite a long time before they were even allowed to be in the university.


Fortunately, I haven't experienced heavy rainfall during my lifetime, and even though most people haven't, I've always found it interesting how when you look up extreme weather conditions, or "record" temperatures, per se, you can find some very interesting stuff. As is the case with here, obviously.

Speaking of rainfall, reading the bullet point does reminds me of a time where there was flooding in my area, due to some very heavy rainfall that had been happening for a few days.

While it doesn't even come close to the heaviest rainfall recorded in history, I still think that it's an interesting comparison, regardless.


Until reading some of these bullet points, I wasn't quite aware that France was trying to launch a satellite as early as 1965. It's interesting that even around that time, people were trying to make ventures into space.

On another note, one thing that I've always wondered is how long people have had a desire to go into space for, and how long have people known that we're just a single planet in the cast solar system.

I might be over-thinking things just a bit, but perhaps the reason why I find it so interesting is because until we had the technology, did we really know that we were just a small planet in the galaxy? More than likely, this is where astronomers came into play.

All in all, with the technology that's available to us nowadays, not only is it much easier to venture into space, but even more so, just imagine how far we're able to allow probes to travel.


In relation to the first bullet point, does anyone else find it funny that even though any and every Holiday has a very interesting origin, we don't even give it much thought? As for me, this stuff actually intrigues me quite a bit.

As for this bullet point, what's the most interesting to me is the fact that even though Thanksgiving was celebrated for the first time in the U.S. in 1789, it didn't even become a "holiday", so to speak, until 1863.

Speaking of which, I don't know about anyone else, but there's also a question I have that happens to relate to Thanksgiving. What exactly defines the Holiday, and how did it even come to be?

For example, with Christmas and Easter, they are symbolized by many different things, from the perspective of many different people, such as Santa Claus, wrapping presents, and Jesus Christ.

However, on the other hand, what exactly defines Thanksgiving? Based on my experience, it would seem that turkey and ham are a symbol of the Holiday.

However, that's just my opinion, and regardless, it's interesting that Thanksgiving didn't even become a national one until many years later. It really makes me wonder what other Holidays didn't become official until many years later.

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