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THIS DAY IN HISTORY                Wednesday, 22 November 2017
Edward Teach or 'Blackbeard the Pirate', was killed in a bloody battle with a British Royal Navy force sent from Virginia.

The East India Company's first governor-general in India, Lord Robert Clive committed suicide in England after being charged with corruption.

Charles de Gaulle (d. 1970), French military general and statesman who led France during World War II and later served as President from 1959 to 1969, was born.

Billie Jean King, American tennis player, who famously defeated Bobby Riggs in a match dubbed ‘The Battle of the Sexes’ was born.


American President John F. Kennedy was shot dead by Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas, Texas.

Boris Becker, former World No. 1 professional tennis player from Germany, was born.


Juan Carlos was sworn in as the first king of Spain in more than forty years, two days after the death of General Francisco Franco, the dictator of Spain since 1936.

20-yar old Mike Tyson defeated Trevor Berbick to become youngest Heavyweight champion in boxing history.

The American B-2 'stealth bomber' was unveiled in California. The aircraft could penetrate the most sophisticated defences unnoticed.

In a rare cosmic phenomenon, the planets Venus, Mars, Saturn, Neptune and Uranus aligned themselves in a perfect line with Earth's moon.

Toy Story, the first movie to be made completely using Computer Generated Imagery (CGI), was released in the USA.

One of the greatest runners of the 20th century, Emil Zátopek (b.1922) of Czechoslovakia, died in Prague.

The Orange Revolution began in Ukraine. Thousands of protestors demonstrated against the results of the presidential election, which was believed to be rigged.

Angela Merkel became the first female chancellor in Germany.

A peace deal was signed between the Nepalese Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala and Maoist leader Prachanda concluding a civil war that lasted 11 years.

Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen was flown out of Kolkata to Jaipur after violent protests erupted in the city.

Two blasts triggered by suspected ULFA militants rocked Assam killing seven people and injuring more than 50.

339 people died in a stampede at a water festival in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.


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