November 14th

1889 – Female Journalist Nellie Bly (Elizabeth Cochrane) begins a succesful attempt to travel around the world in 80 days.

1918 – Czechoslovakia becomes a republic.

1922 – The BBC begins radio service in the UK.

1941 – The HMS Ark Royal sinks after being torpedoed yesterday by a German U81.

1952 – The first regular UK singles chart is published in New Musical Express, after the charts began the week before.

1969 – NASA launches the second manned mission to the Moon – Apollo 12.

1970 – Southern Airways Flight 932 crashes in mountains near West Virginia killing 75, including members of the Marshall University American Football team. (The team had been going home by bus after a game, but changed their minds at the last minute and took this flight.)

1973 – Princess Anne marries Captain Mark Phillips in Westminster Abbey.

1991 – Two Libyan officials are indicted after the Lockerbie bombing by American and British authorities. The bombing killed 270 people.

2003 – Three astronomers discover 90377 Sedna – an object which orbits the Sun but is not a planet. It is so far away that one orbit of the Sun takes 12000 years to complete.


Leopald Mozart – father of Wolfgang Mozart (1719), Johann van Beethoven – father of Ludwig van Beethoven (1740), Claude Monet – Artist (1840), Big Daddy – Wrestler (1929), Peter Norton – Software Engineer (1943), Prince Charles – Prince of Wales (1948), Travis Barker – Lead singer Blink 182 and +44 (1975)


Gottfreid Leibniz – Philosopher (d.1716)

Special Days

World Diabetes Day

Number 1s

Elvis Presley – (Marie’s The Name) His Latest Flame (1961)

Foundations – Baby, Now That I’ve Found You (1967)

Gilbert O’Sullivan – Clair (1972)

Boomtown Rats – Love Trap (1978)

Meat Loaf – I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That) (1993)

Robbie Williams – She’s The One (1999)

U2 – Vertigo (2004)

What will be number 1 today?? Will Rihanna keep it two weeks running?

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