THAT WAS THE NEWS THAT WAS 18th to 24th November

THAT WAS THE NEWS THAT WAS 18th to 24th November BLOG Wednesday 20th November 2019

THAT WAS THE NEWS THAT WAS 18th November to 24th November

Some very key news events happened during this particular week during history. Here are some:

18th November 1928: Steamboat Willie becomes Walt Disney’s first ever ‘sound cartoon’

Way, way back in 1928, Walt Disney released the very first fully recognised animation film, complete with sound. The run time of Steamboat Willie – the first Mickey Mouse sound cartoon – wouldn’t last all that long (7 minutes and 4 seconds, to be exact), but its legacy certainly would.

18th November 2000: Michael Douglas marries Catherine Zeta Jones

In what was arguably the ‘wedding of year’, film stars Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones tied the knot. The coupling would last too, with them still together to this day.

18th November 1991: Terry Waite is freed in Beirut

Terry Waite was freed by Islamic extremists that had kidnapped him in Lebanon back in 1987. A church envoy, Waite had travelled to the country to try to secure the release of four hostages, but soon found himself chained to a radiator. Four long years later, he would be released.

19th November 1994: The UK’s first National Lottery is drawn

The United Kingdom braced itself for its first ever National Lottery. The TV show was hosted by Noel Edmonds and the first numbers drawn were 30, 3, 5, 44, 14 and 22, with 10 the bonus ball. There were 7 jackpot winners, who shared the total main prize of £5,874,778.00.

20th November 1992: Fire ravages Windsor Castle

When fire broke out in Windsor Castle, the Queen’s favourite residence, it badly damaged the entire castle and caused well over £50 million worth of damage. No one was seriously hurt, although six people sustained minor injuries in the blaze.

20th November 1947: Princess Elizabeth marries Philip

As the time she was Princess Elizabeth and he was Philip Mountbatten. Soon, he would be Prince Philip and she would be the Queen of England. 72 years later they’re still going strong as a happily married couple and head of the British monarchy.

22nd November 1968: The Beatles’ White album is released

The ninth studio album by The Beatles, this classic 1968 album featured such stone-cold classics as George Harrison’s While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Paul McCartney’s Blackbird and Back in the U.S.S.R and John Lennon’s Dear Prudence. It’s now regarded by most music writers as one of the greatest albums of all time.

22nd November 1963: JFK is shot and killed

This day back in 1963 saw John Fitzgerald Kennedy shot dead in Dallas. It was to be a defining moment in US history and would spawn a thousand whispers, lies and theories. The official story has it that the President of the United States was assassinated by a lone gunman called Lee Harvard Oswald, a man with Soviet allegiances.

22nd November 1997: INXS singer Michael Hutchence commits suicide

The charismatic lead singer of Australian rock band INXS – and long-term boyfriend of British TV presenter Paula Yates – was found dead in his Sydney hotel room on this day 22 years ago. He had been suffering with mental health issues for some years.

23rd November 1963: Doctor Who begins

Doctor Who originally ran from 1963 to 1989, making its debut on British television at almost exactly the same time as JFK was dying. The actor in the role in its first incarnation? 55 year-old character actor William Hartnell.

24th November 1991: Queen’s Freddie Mercury dies

One of music’s greatest ever icons, Freddie Mercury, passed away on this day in 1991. The world – understandably – mourned the loss of the great entertainer. Snapshots of Britain: The very best of British life in pictures from the Daily Mirror’s incredible archives



“A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.”- Charles Darwin


Happiness is…a Queen track


A TV can insult your intelligence. But nothing rubs it in like a computer.


Love is…always hanging out together


Take A Chance On Me – ABBA

Highest Chart Position: No.118th February 1978


Wednesday 20th November 2019

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