Today in History - November 26th

  • 1778 - On this day in history, Captain Cook discovered Maui in the Sandwich Islands (now Hawaii).
  • 1789 - President Washington set aside this day to observe the adoption of the Constitution of the United States. 
  • 1825 - Today in history, the first college social fraternity, Kappa Alpha, was formed at Union College in Schenectady, NY.
  • 1832 - Public streetcar service began in New York City. 
  • 1842 - On this day in history, the University of Notre Dame was founded.
  • 1861 - West Virginia was created as a result of dispute over slavery with Virginia.
  • 1865 - Today in history, "Alice in Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll was published in the USA.
  • 1940 - The Nazis forced 500,000 Jews of Warsaw, Poland to live within a walled ghetto. 
  • 1941 - On this day in history, FDR signed a bill establishing the fourth Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day.
  • 1942 - FDR ordered nationwide gasoline rationing to begin December 1. 
  • 1942 - Today in history, the motion picture "Casablanca" had its world premiere at the Hollywood Theater in New York City. 
  • 1969 - The Lottery for Selective Service draftees bill was signed by President Nixon.
  • 1973 - On this day in history, Rose Mary Woods, told a federal court that she was responsible for the 18-1/2 minute gap in a key Watergate tape. Woods was Richard Nixon's personal secretary. 
  • 1986 - President Regan appointed a commission headed by former Sen. John Tower to investigate his National Security Council staff after the Iran-Contra affair. 
  • 1992 - Today in history, 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. 
  • 2012 - The cost of Hurricane Sandy to New York was announced to be $32 Billion.

SCIENCE, INVENTIONS, PATENTS - Today in History, November 26th

  • 1867 - On this day in history, J.B. Sutherland patented the refrigerated railroad car.

MUSIC HISTORY - Today in History, November 26th

  • 1962 - Today in history, The Beatles recorded "Please Please Me." 
  • 1969 - Creams' final concert took place at Royal Albert Hall.
  • 1976 - On this day in history, The Sex Pistols released their debut single "Anarchy in the UK."
  • 1999 - 98 Degrees performed several songs and sold some exclusive band merchandise on the Home Shopping Network. 

FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS - November 26th

  • Tina Turner (Anna Mae Bullock) 1938