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THIS DAY IN HISTORY                Wednesday, 22 November 2017
 
  1718
Edward Teach or 'Blackbeard the Pirate', was killed in a bloody battle with a British Royal Navy force sent from Virginia.

  1774
The East India Company's first governor-general in India, Lord Robert Clive committed suicide in England after being charged with corruption.

  1890
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.

  1943
Billie Jean King, American tennis player, who famously defeated Bobby Riggs in a match dubbed ‘The Battle of the Sexes’ was born.

 

1963
American President John F. Kennedy was shot dead by Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas, Texas.


  1967
Boris Becker, former World No. 1 professional tennis player from Germany, was born.

 

1975
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.


  1986
20-yar old Mike Tyson defeated Trevor Berbick to become youngest Heavyweight champion in boxing history.

  1988
The American B-2 'stealth bomber' was unveiled in California. The aircraft could penetrate the most sophisticated defences unnoticed.

  1989
In a rare cosmic phenomenon, the planets Venus, Mars, Saturn, Neptune and Uranus aligned themselves in a perfect line with Earth's moon.

  1995
Toy Story, the first movie to be made completely using Computer Generated Imagery (CGI), was released in the USA.

  2000
One of the greatest runners of the 20th century, Emil Zátopek (b.1922) of Czechoslovakia, died in Prague.

  2004
The Orange Revolution began in Ukraine. Thousands of protestors demonstrated against the results of the presidential election, which was believed to be rigged.

  2005
Angela Merkel became the first female chancellor in Germany.

  2006
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.

  2007
Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen was flown out of Kolkata to Jaipur after violent protests erupted in the city.

  2009
Two blasts triggered by suspected ULFA militants rocked Assam killing seven people and injuring more than 50.

  2010
339 people died in a stampede at a water festival in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

 

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