Today In History Spotlights Nov. 30, 1874, The Birth of Winston Churchill

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Winston Churchill is born in Blenheim, Oxfordshire. At a young age, Churchill observed the Boer Wars in South Africa, and then served as a military commander during World War I. From 1940-1945, Churchill led the British Empire through the Second World War, and his courageous leadership gained him worldwide recognition. After becoming Prime Minister, he used a no-compromise, no-negotiation strategy with Adolf Hitler.

From 1939-1941, he defended Britain from Nazis, Italian Fascists, and Soviet Communists alike. Following his success during World War II, Churchill served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom again from 1951-1955. He passed away on January 24, 1965, and he has since been renowned worldwide as a figure of strength, courage, and nobility.

What Happened On This Day – November 30

  • 1982 Michael Jackson’s Thriller is released worldwide. Thought to be the best selling album of all time, the album, which had 9 tracks, won 8 Grammy Awards, including the award for Album of the Year in 1984.
  • 1947 Civil War in Palestine. Also known as the Civil War in Mandatory Palestine, the conflict began the day after the United Nations General Assembly voted on a resolution that provided a partition plan for Palestine. The war was wracked by violence which began on November 30 after two buses full of Israeli passengers were attacked by Arab gunmen and snipers shot pedestrians in Tel Aviv. On May 14, Israel declared itself an independent state and on May 15, the Civil War turned into a regional war after a coalition of Arab states that included Egypt, Jordan, and Syria, joined the conflict.
  • 1940 Stars of I Love Lucy marry. Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz of the popular American comedy sitcoms, I Love Lucy and The Lucy and Desi Comedy Show married in real life. They were married for 20 years.
  • 1939 The Winter War begins. The 4-month long war between Finland and the Soviet Union began after the USSR invaded Finland and bombed Helsinki. The conflict ended on March 30, 1940, with the two countries signing the Moscow Peace Treaty. In retaliation for its actions, the Soviet Union was expelled from the League of Nations.
  • 1872 First international football (soccer) match. The match between England and Scotland was held at West of Scotland Cricket Club in Partick, Scotland. The game ended with a 0-0 draw.

Births On This Day – November 30

  • 1990 Magnus Carlsen – Norwegian chess player
  • 1978 Clay Aiken – American singer, actor
  • 1874 Winston Churchill – English politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Nobel Prize laureate
  • 1835 Mark Twain – American author
  • 1813 Charles-Valentin Alkan – French composer

Deaths On This Day – November 30

  • 2018 George H. W. Bush – American politician, 41st President of the United States
  • 2007 Evel Knievel – American motorcycle stuntman
  • 1979 Zeppo Marx – American actor, agent
  • 1935 Fernando Pessoa – Portuguese poet
  • 1900 Oscar Wilde – Irish author, poet, playwright

The sections “What Happened On This Day,” “Births On This Day,” and “Deaths On This Day” originally appeared at and is republished with permission. ©All rights reserved.

Garrett Smith
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