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Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is held

The 2018 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is a Formula One motor race scheduled to be held on 25 November 2018 at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The race is due to be the final round of the 2018 season and marks the tenth running of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.


Davis Cup final ends

The 2018 Davis Cup is the 107th edition of the Davis Cup, a tournament between national teams in men's tennis. It is sponsored by BNP Paribas. In 2018, new rules were introduced for the Group I and II zonal events, with ties now being played as best-of-three sets over the course of two days.


World Cup of Golf ends

The 2018 World Cup of Golf is a golf tournament that is being played from 22–25 November at Metropolitan Golf Club in South Oakleigh, Australia. It is the 59th World Cup. The format is 72-hole stroke play; the first and third days are four-ball, and the second and fourth days are foursomes play.

Discovery of the 'First Folio' is announced

Mr. William Shakespeare's Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies is the 1623 published collection of William Shakespeare's plays. Modern scholars commonly refer to it as the First Folio. The First Folio is considered one of the most influential books ever published in the English language.

Sugg's 'Girl Online' is published

Girl Online is the debut novel by English author and internet celebrity Zoe Sugg, with assistance from novelist Siobhan Curham. The romance and drama novel, released through Penguin Books, is aimed at a young adult audience and focuses on a fifteen-year-old anonymous blogger and what happens when her blog goes viral.


Messi becomes Champions League all-time top scorer

Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick in a game against APOEL Nicosia and became a top scorer in the history of the Champions League. He broke the previous record of 71 goals which was held by Raúl González. It was Messi's 28th Barcelona hat-trick, and his 5th in the Champions League. This record was beaten later by Cristiano Ronaldo.


Cricketer Phillip Hughes dies

Hughes was struck in the neck by the ball after missing an attempted hook shot to a bouncer from New South Wales bowler Sean Abbott. He collapsed before receiving mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and was subsequently taken to St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney, where he underwent surgery and was placed into an induced coma.

Disney release 'Frozen' soundtrack

The soundtrack features 10 original songs written and composed by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, and 22 score pieces composed by Christophe Beck. It features the critically acclaimed song "Let It Go"—film version performed by Idina Menzel; single version performed by Demi Lovato—which won the Academy Award for Best Original Song.

One of the biggest planned mergers is scrapped

BHP Billiton announced it was seeking to purchase rival mining group Rio Tinto Group in an all-share deal. The initial offer of 3.4 shares of BHP Billiton stock for each share of Rio Tinto was rejected by the board of Rio Tinto for "significantly undervaluing" the company. The bid was withdrawn due to a global recession.

'Tomb Raider' is released

Tomb Raider is an action-adventure video game developed by Core Design and published by Eidos Interactive. Tomb Raider follows the exploits of Lara Croft, an English archaeologist in search of ancient treasures. The game received critical acclaim, with some critics declaring it as one of the greatest video games ever made.

'Do They Know It’s Christmas?' is recorded

Do They Know It's Christmas? was written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure in reaction to television reports of the famine in Ethiopia. The record became the fastest selling single in UK chart history, selling a million copies in the first week. The song reached number one in 13 other countries outside the UK.

The Band make their final performance

The farewell concert of The Band included many guests, such as Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Bob Dylan, Ronnie Wood, Muddy Waters, Neil Young or Neil Diamond, among others. The concert was filmed by director Martin Scorsese and made into a documentary of the same name.


Liverpool adopt their all-red kit

The city's symbol of the liver bird was adopted as the club's badge in 1901, although it was not incorporated into the kit until 1955. Liverpool continued to wear red shirts and white shorts until 1964, when manager Bill Shankly decided to change to an all red strip. Liverpool played in all red for the first time against Anderlecht.

'The Mousetrap' opens at the Ambassadors' Theatre in London

The Mousetrap is a murder mystery play by Agatha Christie. The longest running West End show, it has by far the longest initial run of any play in history. The play is known for its twist ending, which the audience are traditionally asked not to reveal after leaving the theatre.


Leroy "Ed" Parsons built the first cable TV system in Astoria, Oregon. He put a large TV antenna on the roof of a high hotel building. Then he took a coaxial cable and led it 150 meters across the street to his living room. He also put a TV connected to the cable to the hotel lobby and to the window of his electronics shop. People in town wanted the same service.

Japan and Germany sign the Anti-Comintern Pact

The pact was directed against the communist Third International. Germany and Japan agreed on potential steps, in case of an attack by the Soviet Union. They also agreed not to make any political treaties with the Soviet Union and Germany agreed to recognize Manchukuo.

Alfred Nobel patents dynamite

Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel patented a new explosive: dynamite. It was safer than conventional explosives used in Nobel’s times as black powder or nitro-glycerine. Nobel originally marketed his invention as “Nobel’s Blasting Powder.” He later changed the name to dynamite. It was derived from the Greek expression dýnamis (“power”).

The Battle of Montgisard

The Battle of Montgisard was fought between the Ayyubids and the Kingdom of Jerusalem. The 16-year-old King Baldwin IV, seriously afflicted by leprosy, led an out-numbered Christian force against the army of Saladin. The Muslim army was quickly routed and pursued twelve miles.

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