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  • 2000 – George W. Bush is certified the winner of Florida's electoral votes by Katherine Harris, going on to win the United States presidential election, despite losing in the national popular vote.
  • 1998 – Tony Blair becomes the first Prime Minister of the United Kingdom to address the Oireachtas, the parliament of the Republic of Ireland.
  • 1976 – "Anarchy in the U.K.", the debut single of the Sex Pistols, is released, heralding the arrival of punk rock
  • 1968 – Vietnam War: United States Air Force helicopter pilot James P. Fleming rescues an Army Special Forces unit pinned down by Viet Cong fire. He is later awarded the Medal of Honor.
  • 1965 – In the Hammaguir launch facility in the Sahara Desert, France launches a Diamant-A rocket with its first satellite, Asterix-1, on board.
  • 1942 – World War II: Yugoslav Partisans convene the first meeting of the Anti-Fascist Council for the National Liberation of Yugoslavia at Bihać in northwestern Bosnia.
  • 1922 – Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon become the first people to enter the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun in over 3000 years.
  • 1922 – The Toll of the Sea debuts as the first general release film to use two-tone Technicolor. (The Gulf Between was the first film to do so, but it was not widely distributed.)
  • 1917 – The National Hockey League is formed, with the Montreal Canadiens, Montreal Wanderers, Ottawa Senators, Quebec Bulldogs, and Toronto Arenas as its first teams.
  • 1863 – United States President Abraham Lincoln proclaims November 26 as a national Thanksgiving Day, to be celebrated annually on the final Thursday of November. (Since 1941, it has been on the fourth Thursday.)
  • 1842 – The University of Notre Dame is founded.
  • 1825 – At Union College in Schenectady, New York, a group of college students form the Kappa Alpha Society, the first college social fraternity.
  • 1789 – A national Thanksgiving Day is observed in the United States as proclaimed by President George Washington at the request of Congress.
  • 1778 – In the Hawaiian Islands, Captain James Cook becomes the first European to visit Maui.


  • 1990 – Avery Bradley, American basketball player. Avery Antonio Bradley Jr. (born November 26, 1990) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
  • 1988 – Blake Harnage, American singer-songwriter and guitarist. He has written, produced, engineered, mixed or performed on songs for Versa, PVRIS, Hands Like Houses, All Time Low, With Beating Hearts, and others.
  • 1985 – Matt Carpenter (baseball), American baseball player. He made his MLB debut with the Cardinals on June 4, 2011.
  • 1983 – Chris Hughes, American publisher and businessman, co-founded Facebook. Chris Hughes (born in November 26, 1983) is an American entrepreneur who co-founded and served as spokesman for the online social directory and networking site Facebook, with Harvard roommates Mark Zuckerberg, Dustin Moskovitz, Eduardo Saverin, and Andrew McCollum.
  • 1982 – Keith Ballard, American ice hockey player. Keith Galen Ballard (born November 26, 1982) is an American former professional ice hockey defenseman who previously played in the National Hockey League with the Phoenix Coyotes, Florida Panthers, Vancouver Canucks and Minnesota Wild.
  • 1980 – Jackie Trail, American tennis player. Jacqueline Trail Harang (born Jacqueline Amanda Trail, November 26, 1980, in Paducah, Kentucky) is a retired American professional tennis player.
  • 1980 – Jason Griffith, American voice actor. Jason Adam Griffith (born November 29, 1980) is an American actor and voice actor, who has worked for 4Kids Entertainment, NYAV Post and DuArt Film and Video.
  • 1977 – Paris Lenon, American football player. He played college football at Richmond.
  • 1976 – Brian Schneider, American baseball player and manager. Brian Duncan Schneider (born November 26, 1976), nicknamed "Hoops", is an American former professional baseball catcher and coach, who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Montreal Expos / Washington Nationals, New York Mets, and Philadelphia Phillies.
  • 1976 – Maven Huffman, American wrestler. Maven Klint Huffman (born November 26, 1976) is an American professional wrestler, best known for his time with World Wrestling Entertainment under his first name.
  • 1975 – DJ Khaled, American rapper and producer. Khaled Mohamed Khaled (born November 26, 1975), known professionally as DJ Khaled, is an American DJ, record executive, songwriter, record producer and media personality.
  • 1973 – Peter Facinelli, American actor, director, and producer. He played Dr.
  • 1971 – Vicki Pettersson, American author. Vicki Pettersson is an American author known for her Signs of the Zodiac urban fantasy series and Celestial Blues trilogy, both set in modern-day Las Vegas.
  • 1971 – Winky Wright, American boxer and actor. Ronald Lamont "Winky" Wright (born November 26, 1971) is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1990 to 2012.
  • 1970 – John Amaechi, American-English basketball player and sportscaster. John Uzoma Ekwugha Amaechi, OBE (/əˈmeɪtʃi/; born 26 November 1970) is an English psychologist, consultant and former professional basketball player.
  • 1969 – Kara Walker, American painter and illustrator. Kara Elizabeth Walker (born November 26, 1969) is an American contemporary painter, silhouettist, print-maker, installation artist, and film-maker who explores race, gender, sexuality, violence, and identity in her work.
  • 1969 – Shawn Kemp, American basketball player. Shawn Travis Kemp (born November 26, 1969) is an American former professional basketball power forward, who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for 14 seasons.
  • 1968 – Edna Campbell, American basketball player, sportscaster, and nurse. Edna Campbell (born November 26, 1968) is the Founder and Program Director of Breathe and Stretch, a health restoration program for breast cancer survivors.Edna also authored The Breast Cancer Recovery Manual.
  • 1966 – Garcelle Beauvais, Haitian-American actress and singer. She is best known for her roles as Francesca "Fancy" Monroe on The WB television sitcom, The Jamie Foxx Show, which ran from 1996 to 2001, and as Valerie Heywood on the ABC crime drama, NYPD Blue.
  • 1965 – Scott Adsit, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter. He appeared in several revues, including Paradigm Lost for which he won The Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Actor in a Comedy.
  • 1963 – Mario Elie, American basketball player and coach. Mario Antoine Elie (born November 26, 1963) is an American basketball coach and former basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA).
  • 1962 – Chuck Finley, American baseball player. Charles Edward Finley (born November 26, 1962) is a retired Major League Baseball left-handed pitcher.
  • 1961 – Ivory, American wrestler and trainer. Ivory is a hard, white material from the tusks (traditionally elephants') and teeth of animals, that consists mainly of dentine, one of the physical structures of teeth and tusks.
  • 1961 – Karan Bilimoria, Baron Bilimoria, Indian-English businessman, co-founded Cobra Beer. Karan Faridoon Bilimoria, Baron Bilimoria of Chelsea, CBE, DL, FCA (born 26 November 1961) is a British Indian entrepreneur, life peer in the UK House of Lords, and a university chancellor .
  • 1960 – Chuck Eddy, American journalist. Chuck Eddy (born November 26, 1960) is an American music journalist.
  • 1960 – Harold Reynolds, American baseball player and sportscaster. Harold Craig Reynolds (born November 26, 1960) is an American former professional baseball second baseman, who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Seattle Mariners, Baltimore Orioles, and California Angels.
  • 1959 – Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs, American author and academic. University of California at Santa Cruz, Colegio de México,
  • 1959 – Jerry Schemmel, American sportscaster. Jerry Schemmel (born November 26, 1959) is an American sportscaster, currently employed as a radio announcer for Major League Baseball's Colorado Rockies.
  • 1957 – Félix González-Torres, Cuban-American sculptor (d. 1996), was a Cuban-born American visual artist. González-Torres's openly gay sexual orientation is often seen as influential in his work as an artist.
  • 1956 – Dale Jarrett, American race car driver and sportscaster. Dale Arnold Jarrett (born November 26, 1956) is a former American race car driver and current sports commentator known for winning the Daytona 500 three times (in 1993, 1996, and 2000) and winning the NASCAR Winston Cup Series championship in 1999.
  • 1954 – Roz Chast, American cartoonist. Rosalind "Roz" Chast (born November 26, 1954) is an American cartoonist and a staff cartoonist for The New Yorker.
  • 1954 – Velupillai Prabhakaran, Sri Lankan rebel leader, founded the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (d. 2009), was the founder and leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (the LTTE or the Tamil Tigers), a militant organization that sought to create an independent Tamil state in the north and east of Sri Lanka.
  • 1953 – Harry Carson, American football player and sportscaster. Harry Donald Carson (born November 26, 1953) is a former American football inside linebacker who played his entire professional career for the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL).
  • 1952 – Elsa Salazar Cade, an award-winning Mexican American science teacher and entomologist. Elsa Salazar Cade (born 1952) is an award-winning Mexican American science teacher and entomologist.
  • 1949 – Vincent A. Mahler, American political scientist and academic. Mahler is a professor of Political Science at Loyola University Chicago, where he serves as the Undergraduate Program Director.
  • 1948 – Elizabeth Blackburn, Australian-American biologist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate. Elizabeth Helen Blackburn, AC FRS FAA FRSN (born 26 November 1948) is an Australian-American Nobel laureate who is the former President of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies.
  • 1948 – Marianne Muellerleile, American actress. Marianne Muellerleile (born November 26, 1948) is an American actress.
  • 1947 – Roger Wehrli, American football player, was a cornerback for his entire 14-year career with the St. Louis Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL) from 1969 until 1982.
  • 1946 – Art Shell, American football player and coach. Arthur Lee Shell Jr. (born November 26, 1946) is an American former professional football player in the American Football League (AFL) and later in the National Football League (NFL), a Hall of Fame offensive tackle, and a two-time former head coach of the Oakland Raiders.
  • 1946 – Raymond Louis Kennedy, American singer-songwriter, saxophonist, and producer (d. 2014), was an American singer, songwriter, musician and record producer, based in Los Angeles. His works span multiple genres including R&B, pop, rock, jazz, fusion, acid rock, country and many others.
  • 1945 – Daniel Davis, American actor. Daniel Davis (born November 26, 1945) is an American stage, screen, and television actor.
  • 1945 – John McVie, English-American bass player. John Graham McVie (born 26 November 1945) is a British bass guitarist, best known as a member of the rock bands John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers from 1964 to 1967 and Fleetwood Mac since 1967.
  • 1945 – Michael Omartian, American singer-songwriter, keyboard player, and producer. As a producer, he has had No. 1 records in three consecutive decades.
  • 1944 – Jean Terrell, American singer. She replaced Diana Ross as the lead singer of The Supremes in January 1970.
  • 1943 – Bruce Paltrow, American director and producer (d. 2002), was an American television and film director and producer.
  • 1943 – Dale Sommers, American radio host (d. 2012), was an American radio personality, best known for his long-running country music show geared toward truck drivers. Sommers hosted the overnight show from Cincinnati, Ohio-based clear-channel station WLW from 1984 to 2004, and it was carried by a small network of similarly high-powered stations across the United States.
  • 1943 – Marilynne Robinson, American novelist and essayist. In 2016, Robinson was named in Time magazine's list of 100 most influential people.
  • 1942 – Olivia Cole, American actress. Cole was born in Memphis, Tennessee, the daughter of Arvelia Cole (née Cage), a tennis player, instructor, entrepreneur and William Calvin Cole, a worker for Grumman.
  • 1941 – Susanne Marsee, American soprano and educator. Susanne Marsee (born Susan Irene Dowell; November 26, 1941, San Diego, California) is an American mezzo-soprano of note, particularly acclaimed as a singing-actress.
  • 1939 – Tina Turner, American-Swiss singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress. Turner rose to prominence as part of the Ike & Tina Turner Revue before launching a successful career as a solo performer.
  • 1939 – Wayland Flowers, American actor and puppeteer (d. 1988), was an American actor, comedian and puppeteer. Flowers was best known for the comedy act he created with his puppet Madame.
  • 1938 – Porter Goss, American soldier and politician, 19th Director of the CIA. Porter Johnston Goss (/ɡɒs/; born November 26, 1938) is an American politician and government official who served as a Republican member of the U.S.
  • 1938 – Rich Little, Canadian-American comedian, actor, and singer. He has been nicknamed "The Man of a Thousand Voices".
  • 1937 – Bob Babbitt, American bass player (d. 2012), was a Hungarian-American bassist, most famous for his work as a member of Motown Records' studio band, the Funk Brothers, from 1966 to 1972, as well as his tenure as part of MFSB for Philadelphia International Records afterwards. Also in 1968, with Mike Campbell, Ray Monette and Andrew Smith he formed the band Scorpion, which lasted until 1970.
  • 1935 – Marian Mercer, American actress and singer (d. 2011). Born in Akron, Ohio, she graduated from the University of Michigan, then spent several seasons working in summer stock.
  • 1934 – Jerry Jameson, American director and producer. Jerry Jameson (born November 26, 1934), is an American television and film director, editor and producer.
  • 1933 – Robert Goulet, American-Canadian singer and actor (d. 2007), was an American singer and actor of French-Canadian ancestry. Goulet was born and raised in Lawrence, Massachusetts.
  • 1933 – Tony Verna, American director and producer, invented instant replay (d. 2015). Verna (November 26, 1933 – January 18, 2015) was a producer of television sports and entertainment broadcasting.
  • 1930 – Berthold Leibinger, German engineer and philanthropist, founded Berthold Leibinger Stiftung, was a German mechanical engineer, businessman, and philanthropist. He was the head of the German company Trumpf, a leader in laser technology, and founder of the non-profit foundation Berthold Leibinger Stiftung.
  • 1929 – Betta St. John, American actress, singer and dancer. John (born Betty Jean Striegler, November 26, 1929) is an American actress, singer and dancer.
  • 1927 – Ernie Coombs, American-Canadian television host (d. 2001), was an American-born Canadian children's entertainer who starred in the Canadian television series Mr. Dressup.
  • 1925 – Eugene Istomin, American pianist (d. 2003). He was famous for his work in a piano trio in which he collaborated with Isaac Stern and Leonard Rose.
  • 1922 – Charles M. Schulz, American cartoonist, created Peanuts (d. 2000), was an American cartoonist and creator of the comic strip Peanuts (which featured the characters Charlie Brown and Snoopy, among others). He is widely regarded as one of the most influential cartoonists of all time, cited by cartoonists including Jim Davis, Bill Watterson, Matt Groening, Dav Pilkey, and Stephan Pastis.
  • 1921 – Verghese Kurien, Indian engineer and businessman, founded Amul (d. 2012), was a social entrepreneur whose "billion-litre idea", Operation Flood, the world's largest agricultural dairy development programme, made dairy farming India's largest self-sustaining industry and the largest rural employment provider, being a third of all rural income, with benefits of raising incomes and credit, riddance of debt dependence, nutrition, education, health, gender parity and empowerment, breakdown of caste barriers and grassroots democracy and leadership. It made India the world's largest milk producer from a milk-deficient nation, which doubled milk available per person and increased milk output four-fold, in 30 years.
  • 1920 – Daniel Petrie, Canadian-American director and producer (d. 2004), was a Canadian television and film director.
  • 1919 – Frederik Pohl, American journalist and author (d. 2013). Hugo Award (novel) 1978 National Book Award 1980
  • 1917 – Nesuhi Ertegun, Turkish-American record producer (d. 1989), was a Turkish-American record producer and executive of Atlantic Records and WEA International.
  • 1915 – Earl Wild, American pianist and composer (d. 2010), was an American pianist known for his transcriptions of jazz and classical music.
  • 1912 – Eric Sevareid, American journalist (d. 1992), was an American author and CBS news journalist from 1939 to 1977. He was one of a group of elite war correspondents who were hired by CBS newsman Edward R.
  • 1911 – Samuel Reshevsky, Polish-American chess player and author (d. 1992), was a Polish chess prodigy and later a leading American chess grandmaster. He was never a full-time chess professional.
  • 1909 – Frances Dee, American actress and singer (d. 2004). She starred opposite Maurice Chevalier in the early talkie musical, Playboy of Paris (1930).
  • 1908 – Charles Forte, Baron Forte, Italian-Scottish businessman, founded Forte Group (d. 2007), was a Scottish-Italian caterer and hotelier of Italian origin who founded the leisure and hotels conglomerate that ultimately became the Forte Group.
  • 1908 – Lefty Gomez, American baseball player and manager (d. 1989), was an American professional baseball player. A left-handed pitcher, Gomez played in Major League Baseball (MLB) between 1930 and 1943 for the New York Yankees and the Washington Senators.
  • 1907 – Ruth Patrick, American botanist (d. 2013), was an American botanist and limnologist specializing in diatoms and freshwater ecology. She authored more than 200 scientific papers, developed ways to measure the health of freshwater ecosystems and established numerous research facilities.
  • 1902 – Maurice McDonald, American businessman, co-founded McDonald's (d. 1971). Richard James and Maurice James McDonald were American siblings who founded the McDonald's restaurant in San Bernardino, California, and inventors of the "Speedee Service System," now commonly known as "fast food".
  • 1901 – William Sterling Parsons, American admiral (d. 1953). Rear Admiral William Sterling "Deak" Parsons (26 November 1901 – 5 December 1953) was an American naval officer who worked as an ordnance expert on the Manhattan Project during World War II.
  • 1899 – Richard Hauptmann, German-American murderer (d. 1936), was a German-born carpenter who was convicted of the abduction and murder of the 20-month-old son of aviator Charles Lindbergh and his wife Anne Morrow Lindbergh. The Lindbergh kidnapping became known as "The Crime of the Century".
  • 1895 – Bill W., American activist, co-founded Alcoholics Anonymous (d. 1971), was the co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA).
  • 1894 – Norbert Wiener, American-Swedish mathematician and philosopher (d. 1964), was an American mathematician and philosopher. He was a professor of mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
  • 1888 – Ford Beebe, American director and screenwriter (d. 1978), was a screenwriter and director. He entered the film business as a writer around 1916 and over the next 60 years wrote and/or directed almost 200 films.
  • 1878 – Marshall Taylor, American cyclist (d. 1932), was an American professional cyclist. He was born and raised in Indianapolis, where he worked in bicycle shops and began racing multiple distances in the track and road disciplines of cycling.
  • 1876 – Willis Carrier, American engineer, invented air conditioning (d. 1950), was an American engineer, best known for inventing modern air conditioning. Carrier invented the first electrical air conditioning unit in 1902.
  • 1858 – Katharine Drexel, American nun and saint (d. 1955), was an American heiress, philanthropist, religious sister, educator, and foundress. She was canonized by the Roman Catholic Church in 2000; her feast day is observed on March 3.
  • 1853 – Bat Masterson, American police officer and journalist (d. 1921), was a U.S. Army scout, lawman, professional gambler, and journalist known for his exploits in the 19th and early 20th-century American Old West.
  • 1832 – Mary Edwards Walker, American surgeon and activist, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1919). Mary Edwards Walker, M.D. (November 26, 1832 – February 21, 1919), commonly referred to as Dr.
  • 1828 – Robert Battey, American surgeon and academic (d. 1895), was an American physician who is known for pioneering a surgical procedure then called Battey's Operation and now termed radical oophorectomy (or removal of a woman's ovaries).
  • 1827 – Ellen G. White, American religious leader and author, co-founded the Seventh-day Adventist Church (d. 1915). Ellen Gould White (née Ellen Gould Harmon; November 26, 1827 – July 16, 1915) was an author and an American Christian pioneer.
  • 1792 – Sarah Moore Grimké, American author and activist (d. 1873), was an American abolitionist, writer, and member of the women's suffrage movement. Born and reared in South Carolina to a prominent, wealthy planter family, she moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the 1820s where she became a Quaker.
  • 1727 – Artemas Ward, American general and politician (d. 1800), was an American major general in the American Revolutionary War and a Congressman from Massachusetts. He was considered an effective political leader, President John Adams describing him as "universally esteemed, beloved and confided in by his army and his country."
  • 1609 – Henry Dunster, English-American clergyman and academic (d. 1659), was an Anglo-American Puritan clergyman and the first president of Harvard College. Brackney says Dunster was "an important precursor" of the Baptist denomination in America, especially regarding infant baptism, soul freedom, religious liberty, congregational governance, and a radical biblicism.


  • 2016 – Fritz Weaver, American actor (b. 1926)
  • 2015 – Amir Aczel, Israeli-American mathematician, historian, and academic (b. 1950)
  • 2015 – Guy Lewis, American basketball player and coach (b. 1922)
  • 2014 – Mary Hinkson, American dancer and choreographer (b. 1925)
  • 2013 – Jane Kean, American actress and singer (b. 1923)
  • 2013 – Saul Leiter, American photographer and painter (b. 1923)
  • 2013 – Tony Musante, American actor and screenwriter (b. 1936)
  • 2012 – Joseph Murray, American surgeon and soldier, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1919)
  • 2011 – Manon Cleary, American painter and academic (b. 1942)
  • 2010 – Leroy Drumm, American songwriter (b. 1936)
  • 2008 – Victims of the 2008 Mumbai attacks: - Gavriel Holtzberg, Israeli-American rabbi (b. 1979)
  • 2007 – Silvestre S. Herrera, Mexican-American sergeant, Medal of Honor recipient (b. 1917)
  • 2006 – Dave Cockrum, American author and illustrator (b. 1943)
  • 2005 – Mark Craney, American drummer (b. 1952)
  • 2005 – Stan Berenstain, American author and illustrator, co-created the Berenstain Bears (b. 1923)
  • 2003 – Soulja Slim, American rapper (b. 1978)
  • 2002 – Verne Winchell, American businessman, founded Winchell's Donuts (b. 1915)
  • 1998 – Jonathan Kwitny, American journalist and author (b. 1941)
  • 1997 – Marguerite Henry, American author (b. 1902)
  • 1996 – Paul Rand, American art director and graphic designer (b. 1914)
  • 1991 – Ed Heinemann, American engineer (b. 1908)
  • 1987 – J. P. Guilford, American psychologist and academic (b. 1897)
  • 1987 – Peter Hujar, American photographer (b. 1934)
  • 1987 – Thomas George Lanphier, Jr., American colonel and pilot (b. 1915)
  • 1985 – Vivien Thomas, American surgeon and academic (b. 1910)
  • 1981 – Pete DePaolo, American race car driver (b. 1898)
  • 1978 – Ford Beebe, American director and screenwriter (b. 1888)
  • 1956 – Tommy Dorsey, American trombonist, trumpet player, and composer (b. 1905)
  • 1954 – Bill Doak, American baseball player and coach (b. 1891)
  • 1943 – Edward O'Hare, American lieutenant and pilot (b. 1914)
  • 1943 – Helen Maud Merrill, American litterateur and poet (b. 1865)
  • 1938 – Flora Call Disney, American mother of Walt Disney (b. 1868)
  • 1926 – John Browning, American weapons designer, founded the Browning Arms Company (b. 1855)
  • 1883 – Sojourner Truth, American activist (b. 1797)
  • 1860 – Benjamin Greene, English brewer, founded Greene King (b. 1780)
  • 1829 – Thomas Buck Reed, American lawyer and politician (b. 1787)
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