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On This Day…26.11

By ATWadmin On November 26th, 2006

1703 – Severe gales across the UK leave 8,000 dead and thousands of buildings badly damaged or destroyed.

1857 – The first Australian parliament opens in Melbourne.

1867 – Mrs Lily Maxwell of Manchester casts her vote in a parliamentary election. She had been placed on the electoral register in error and had to be escorted by a bodyguard to protect her from opponents to women’s suffrage.

1922 – Archaeologists Howard Carter and the Earl of Carnarvon become the first men to see inside the tomb of the Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun at Luxor since it was sealed 3,000 years earlier.

1940 – The Nazis order 500,000 Polish Jews to live inside a walled ghetto in Warsaw.

1983 – Gold bars, worth a total of £25 million, are stolen from the Brink’s Mat Security warehouse at Heathrow Airport in London.

3 Responses to “On This Day…26.11”

  1. "Severe gales across the UK leave 8,000 dead and thousands of buildings badly damaged or destroyed."

    I don’t ever remember hearing anything about this in history. Considering the population size this must have felt like the end of the world and given credence to the prophet of doom predictions that link to the turn of a centuary. On the other hand, Not having the media network may have helped.

  2. A very interesting date,

    "Mrs Lily Maxwell of Manchester casts her vote in a parliamentary election. She had been placed on the electoral register in error and had to be escorted by a bodyguard to protect her from opponents to women’s suffrage."

    I never knew about her either. This is great stuff. Was it still considered a legal vote? This would be a great subject for a one off drama!

  3. "1940 – The Nazis order 500,000 Polish Jews to live inside a walled ghetto in Warsaw"

    Good thing for us to be reminded.