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November 26th History

November 26 History

1688 - King Louis XIV declares war on the Netherlands

1901 - Britain and Italy agree a frontier between Eritrea and the Sudan.

1902 - New Zealand's Progressive Party wins the general election for the fifth consecutive time.

Roosevelt Comes Home

Roosevelt Panama Construction

1906 - President Theodore Roosevelt has returned to Washington from Central America, having made history by being the first US President to travel abroad while in office. His 17 day trip aboard the battleship Louisiana took him to Puerto Rico and then on to Panama to see for himself the building work on the canal he did so much to promote - or" to see how the ditch is getting on", as he put it. The cab of a 95 ton steam shovel made an excellent vantage point for the President as he viewed the awe-inspiring work of engineering, which will reduce the voyage between the Atlantic and Pacific by around 7,000 miles (11,200 km), It's a good time for Mr Roosevelt - next month he is to go to Stockholm to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, awarded for his mediation between Russia and Japan to end their armed conflict.

1922 - Archaeologist Howard Carter and his sponsor the Earl of Caernavon make a hole in the door of Tutankhamun's tomb ans are able to distinguish the contents by candlelight

1928 - .Th first twins to be born in Britain by Caesarean section are delivered in Manchester.

1942 - Soviet troops encircle a quarter of a million German troops at Stalingrad, relieving the siege and routing General von Paulus's Sixth Army.

1956 - American bandleader Tommy Dorsey chokes to death in his sleep at the age of 51.

1990 - President Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore resigns after 26 years in office.

Mumbai Left In Shock

Mumbai Attack

2008 - A series of 10 coordinated attacks paralyzed the city of Mumbai today. The attacks have targeted and led to the death of a large number of civilians: casualty figures currently stand around 150. There were explosions at Mazagaon in Mumbai's port area, and in a taxi at Vile Parle. The remaining attacks were perpetuated by gunmen and occurred in south Mumbai at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, the Oberoi Trident hotel, the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower hotel, Leopold Cafe, Cama Hospital, the Nariman House Jewish community Centre, the Metro Cinema, a lane behind the Times of India building and St. Xavier's College. It has been allegedly found that the attackers were members of lashkar-e-Taiba, which is considered a terrorist organization by India, the US, the UK, and the United Nations, among others.