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TODAY IN HISTORY - NOVEMBER 09


Following are some of the major events to have occurred on November 09:

 

1937 - Ramsay MacDonald, who became Britain’s first Labour prime minister in 1924, died at age 70.

 

1938 - Nazi-inspired anti-Jewish riots took place across Germany after the murder of a German official in Paris. Jewish businesses were ransacked, synagogues torched and many Jews sent to concentration camps. The night became known as “Kristallnacht” (Crystal Night).

 

1953 - Dylan Thomas, Welsh poet and prose writer, died in New York after succumbing to whisky and drugs on a reading tour of the U.S.

 

1970 - Charles De Gaulle, French soldier and statesman, died aged 79.

 

1985 - Princess Diana dances with actor John Travolta at White House dinner.

 

1989 - East Germans on foot and in cars began arriving in West Germany and West Berlin only hours after the East German government threw open its border to the West.

 

1993 - The Ottoman bridge at Mostar in southwestern Bosnia, which endured scores of wars and invading armies over four centuries, collapsed into the Neretva River.

 

2002 - Iyad Sawalha, head of Islamic Jihad’s military wing and the top of an Israeli wanted list, was shot dead in the West Bank city of Jenin by Israeli forces.

 

2005 - Three suicide bombers blew themselves up at three international hotels in Jordan’s capital Amman, killing 60.

 

2012 - World’s first pink fluorescent angelfish go on public display in Taipei.

 

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