November 25th. On this day…

10 things that happened on this day in history.

2348 BC:  According to Biblical scholars, this was The Day of The Flood.

1491: The Siege of Granada, the last Moorish stronghold in Spain, began.

1703: The Great Storm in the UK. Lasting for 2 days, and bringing with it winds of 120mph, it killed over 9,000 people.

1835: Andrew Carnegie was born in Scotland.  By the time he died, he’d given away $350million.

1867: Alfred Nobel patented dynamite.

1885: Banff Park in Canada opened to tourists.

1897: Helen Duncan, the last person in the UK to be tried, convicted and imprisoned under the Witchcraft Act, was born.

1949: ‘Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer’ appeared on the music charts.

1963: The body of JFK was buried.

1990: Lech Walesa won Poland’s first popular election.

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4 thoughts on “November 25th. On this day…

  1. I loved this blog. There are a lots of great snippets of information here. Interesting snippets that lead me to ask questions. For instance, I assume that Alfred Nobel the dynamite guy is the same person the Nobel Peace prize is named after (please correct me if I’m wrong) and if so how did this come to be?
    I would love to know more about the poor woman imprisoned as a witch. What on earth did she do?
    I could go on but there’s just not enough time.
    Thanks Diana

    • I’m glad you liked it. I was actually stumped about what to write about, so decided to go with the date and see what came up.

      I always assumed I knew the reason that Nobel created the prizes, but I had to go back and check and discovered some details I didn’t know. Apparently, when his brother died, the journalists released the obituary from Alfred rather than his brother and referred to him The Merchant of Death. Concerned about how he would be remembered, he donated money for a series of prizes for those who ‘conferred the greatest benefit on mankind’.

      As for Helen Duncan, she was accused of fraud, but what I believe was at the bottom of it was that, during a sceance, she gave the names of sailors who had died when their ship was torpedoed – before the government released the victims’ names. From what I understand, there was a real fear she might give away war secrets so the authorities had to find a way of shutting her up.

  2. I wonder if she really had a gift. It’s one of the strange quirks of my personality that as much as I don’t believe in time travel, I do believe in second sight, ghosts and the spirit world and a case like Helen Duncan’s really makes you think. Thanks Diana.

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