History of 26 November

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  • 1990 – Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev met with Iraqi Foreign Minister Tariq Aziz at the Kremlin to demand that Iraq withdraw from Kuwait.
  • 1990 – Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. agreed to acquire MCA Inc. for $6.6 billion.
  • 1992 – The British government announced that Queen Elizabeth II had volunteered to start paying taxes on her personal income. She also took her children off the public payroll.
  • 1995 – Two men set fire to a subway token booth in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The clerk inside was fatally burned.
  • 1997 – The U.S. and North Korea held high-level discussions at the State Department for the first time.
  • 1998 – British Prime Minister Tony Blair made a speech to the Irish Parliament. It was a first time event for a British Prime Minister.
  • 1998 – Hulk Hogan announced that he was retiring from pro wrestling and would run for president in 2000.
  • 2003 – The U.N. atomic agency adopted a resolution that censured Iran for past nuclear cover-ups and warning that it would be policed to put to rest suspicions that the country had a weapons agenda.
  • 2011 – The Mars Science Laboratory/Curiosity spacecraft launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL. The Mars rover Curiosity landed on the floor of Gale Crater on August 6, 2012.
  • 2018 – The robotic probe Insight lands on Elysium Planitia, Mars.
  • 2019 – A magnitude 6.4 earthquake strikes western Albania leaving at least 52 people dead and over 1000 injured. This was the deadliest earthquake of 2019, and the deadliest to strike the country in 99 years.

Celebrating Birthday Today

  • 1981 – Stephan Andersen, Danish footballer
  • 1981 – Natasha Bedingfield, English singer-songwriter and producer
  • 1981 – Natalie Gauci, Australian singer and pianist
  • 1981 – Gina Kingsbury, Canadian ice hockey player
  • 1981 – Jon Ryan, Canadian football player
  • 1982 – Keith Ballard, American ice hockey player
  • 1983 – Chris Hughes, American publisher and businessman, co-founded Facebook
  • 1983 – Emiri Katō, Japanese voice actress and singer
  • 1984 – Antonio Puerta, Spanish footballer (d. 2007)
  • 1985 – Matt Carpenter, American baseball player
  • 1986 – Konstadinos Filippidis, Greek pole vaulter
  • 1986 – Bauke Mollema, Dutch cyclist
  • 1986 – Alberto Sgarbi, Italian rugby player
  • 1987 – Georgios Tzavellas, Greek footballer
  • 1988 – Blake Harnage, American singer-songwriter and guitarist
  • 1988 – Yumi Kobayashi, Japanese model and actress
  • 1989 – Junior Stanislas, English footballer
  • 1989 – Angeline Quinto, Filipina singer and actress
  • 1990 – Avery Bradley, American basketball player
  • 1990 – Chip, English rapper
  • 1990 – Rita Ora, Kosovan-English singer-songwriter and actress
  • 1990 – Danny Welbeck, English footballer
  • 1991 – Manolo Gabbiadini, Italian footballer
  • 1995 – James Guy, English swimmer
  • 1999 – Olivia O’Brien, American singer-songwriter[