Shimla, Nov. 26 Keekli Bureau

This Day in History

2008

Ten gunmen—who were believed to be connected to Lashkar-e-Taiba, a Pakistan-based terrorist organization—launched a series of coordinated attacks in Mumbai (Bombay); the siege ended three days later, with at least 174 people killed.

1982

Nakasone Yasuhiro, leader of the Liberal-Democratic Party, was elected prime minister of Japan, replacing Suzuki Zenkō.

1941

U.S. Secretary of State Cordell Hull sent a harsh notice to Japan, calling for a full withdrawal from China and Indochina.

1939

American singer Tina Turner—who found success in the rhythm-and-blues, soul, and rock genres—was born.

1924

After the defeat of the White Russians and the Chinese, the Mongolian People’s Republic was proclaimed.

1917

The National Hockey League was founded and featured four Canadian teams; the first American club, the Boston Bruins, was added in 1924.

1909

Eugène Ionesco, the Romanian-born French dramatist whose one-act “antiplay” La Cantatrice chauve (1949; The Bald Soprano) inspired a revolution in dramatic techniques and helped inaugurate the Theatre of the Absurd, was born.

1894

Nicholas II, the last tsar of Russia, married Alexandra.

1883

Sojourner Truth, the African American evangelist and reformer who applied her religious fervour to the abolitionist and women’s rights movements, died.

579

Pelagius II succeeded Benedict I as pope.

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