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1165Holy Roman Emperor Frederick I (Barbarossa) visits Utrecht

1177Baldwin IV of Jerusalem and Raynald of Chatillon defeat Saladin at the Battle of Montgisard.

1500Governor De Bobadilla of Santo Domingo captures Columbus

1867Alfred Nobel patents dynamite

1867US Congress commission looks into "impeachment" of President Andrew Johnson

1949Ted Williams, wins AL MVP

1961NBA's Bob Cousy becomes 2nd player to score 15,000 points

1963JFK laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery

1966Jimi Hendrix Experience makes its London debut at Bag O' Nails Club

1969John Lennon returns OBE to protest against UK's support for Vietnam War

1976OJ Simpson gains 273 yards for Buffalo vs Detroit

1979Pat Summerall and John Madden broadcast a game together for the first time, a pairing that would last 22 years and become one of the most well-known partnerships in TV sportscasting history

1983Larry Holmes TKOs Marvis Frazier in 1 for heavyweight boxing title

1986Iran-Contra affair erupts, President Reagan reveals secret arm deal

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Date Event
Nov 25, 1034
Malcolm II, King of Scots (Máel Coluim mac Cináeda) (b. 980) dies; Donnchad, the son of his second daughter Bethóc and Crínán of Dunkeld, inherits the throne. 
Nov 25, 1165
Holy Roman Emperor Frederick I (Barbarossa) visits Utrecht 
Nov 25, 1177
Baldwin IV of Jerusalem and Raynald of Chatillon defeat Saladin at the Battle of Montgisard. 
Nov 25, 1185
Pope Lucius III (Ubaldo Allucingoli) reigned 1181-85, dies and is replaced by Umberto Crivelli (Pope Urban III) 
Nov 25, 1277
Giovanni Gaetano Orsini elected as Pope Nicolas III 
Nov 25, 1357
Charles IV issues letter of protection of Jews of Strasbourg Alsace 
Nov 25, 1491
The siege of Granada, last Moorish stronghold in Spain, begins. 
Nov 25, 1500
Governor De Bobadilla of Santo Domingo captures Columbus 
Nov 25, 1598
Jacob Cornelius van Neck's merchant fleet reaches Bantam West-Java on second Dutch expedition to Indonesia 
Nov 25, 1659
Michiel de Ruyter conquerors Danish city Nyborg 
Nov 25, 1667
A deadly earthquake rocks Shemakha, in the Caucasus, killing 80,000 people. 
Nov 25, 1715
First English patent granted to an American, for processing corn 
Nov 25, 1744
Austrian forces pillage & kill Jews of Prague 
Nov 25, 1755
King Ferdinand IV of Spain granted the Beaterio dela Compania de Jesus or now known as the Congregation of the Religious of the Virgin Mary(RVM) a royal protection. 
Nov 25, 1758
Britain captures Fort Duquesne (later Fort Pitt/Pittsburgh) from French 
Nov 25, 1766
Pope Clement XIII warns On dangers of anti-Christian writings 
Nov 25, 1783
Britain evacuates New York city, its last military position in United States 
Nov 25, 1792
Farmer's Almanac first published 
Nov 25, 1805
Opera "Thaïs" first American performance 
Nov 25, 1817
First sword swallower in US performs (NYC) 
Nov 25, 1826
The Greek frigate Hellas arrives in Nafplion to become the first flagship of the Hellenic Navy. 
Nov 25, 1834
Delmonico's, one of NY's finest restaurants, provides a meal of soup, steak, coffee & half a pie for 12 cents 
Nov 25, 1839
A cyclone slams India with high winds and a 40 foot storm surge, destroying the port city of Coringa (never to be entirely rebuilt again). The storm wave sweeps inland, taking with it 20,000 ships and thousands of people. An estimated 300,000 deaths result from the disaster. 
Nov 25, 1841
35 survivors of the mutiny on the slave ship Amistad return to Africa 
Nov 25, 1847
Opera "Marta" is produced (Vienna) 
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