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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.


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.

Fidel Castro dies

Cuban state television announced that Castro had died on the night of 25 November 2016. The cause of death was not disclosed. His brother, President Raúl Castro, confirmed the news in a brief speech: "The commander in chief of the Cuban revolution died at 22:29 this evening."

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.


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.

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.

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.

Anthony Burgess dies at 76

John Anthony Burgess Wilson was an English writer and composer. From relatively modest beginnings in a Catholic family in Manchester, he eventually became one of the best known English literary figures of the latter half of the twentieth century. Burgess died from lung cancer at the Hospital of St John & St Elizabeth in London.

"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.


Spanish footballer Xabi Alonso is born

Xabi Alonso used to play as a central midfielder. He started his career at Real Sociedad, then continued to Liverpool, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. With his 114 caps, he is the fifth most capped player in Spanish history.

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.

Actress Christina Applegate is born

Christina Applegate is an American actress and dancer. As an adolescent actress, she started playing the role of Kelly Bundy on the Fox sitcom Married... with Children. In her adult years, Applegate established a film and television career, winning an Emmy Award and earning Tony and Golden Globe nominations.

Upton Sinclair dies at 90

Upton Sinclair Jr. was an American writer who wrote nearly one hundred books and other works in several genres. He was born in Baltimore, Maryland, to Upton Beall Sinclair and Priscilla Harden Sinclair. His work was well known and popular in the first half of the twentieth century, and he won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1943.

"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.

English dramatist Shelagh Delaney is born

Shelagh Delaney was an English dramatist and screenwriter, best known for her debut work, A Taste of Honey. Of Irish ancestry, Delaney was born in 1938 in Broughton, Salford, Lancashire. She was the daughter of a bus inspector.

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.

Biology Watcher is born

American science writer Lewis Thomas was a physician by training but he was most famous for his essays in a prestigious New England Journal of Medicine. He used to collect his essay in publishing them in books. They were very popular and still are. The most famous is The Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher from 1974.

Dangerous stuff

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”).

Father of the car is born

Karl Benz was a German engineer and inventor. In 1929 he patented the first car, “Benz Patent-Motorwagen Nummer einz.” Benz was first interested in locks. Then he decided to study mechanical engineering. When he was riding a bicycle, he started to think about vehicles that would move with their own power.

Andrew Carnegie is born

Andrew Carnegie was a Scottish-American industrialist. Carnegie led the expansion of the American steel industry in the late 19th century and is often identified as one of the richest people ever. He became a leading philanthropist in the United States, and in the British Empire.

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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