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Man Booker Prize-winning author Arundhati Roy

Arundhati Roy, full name Suzanna Arundhati Roy, Indian author, actress, and political activist who was best known for the award-winning novel The God of Small Things(1997) and her involvement in environmental and human rights causes. Man Booker Prize-winning author and political activist Arundhati Roy was born on November 24, 1961, in Shillong, Meghalaya. Her father, Ranjit Roy, […]

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Oxford Circus fire

The Oxford Circus fire occurred on Friday 23 November 1984 at 9.50 pm at Oxford Circus station on the London Underground. Almost 1,000 passengers were trapped in smoke-filled tunnels for three hours after a fire at London’s busiest underground station, Oxford Circus. Emergency services arrived at Oxford Circus within minutes of the blaze breaking out. There were no deaths and only minor injuries.  The fire caused seemingly by a dropped cigarette at Oxford Circus tube station caused a […]

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Maguindanao 32 journalists massacre

The Maguindanao massacre, when 32 journalists and media practitioners were among those killed in a deadly ambush of 58 individuals on their way to a 2009 electoral event in a town on the island of Mindanao, remains the single deadliest event for journalists in history. It is considered one of the bloodiest attacks on the media in the world: a massacre that saw 58 people killed, […]

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Indian playback singer Geeta Dutt

Geeta Dutt was a prominent Indian playback singer and a famous Hindi and Bengali classical artist, born in Faridpur before the Partition of India. She found particular prominence as a playback singer in Hindi cinema. She also sang many modern Bengali songs, both in the film and non-film genre. Geeta Dutt was born in Faridpur […]

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Commonwealth of Nations, 1983

The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 1983 was the seventh Meeting of the Heads of Government of the Commonwealth of Nations. It was held in New Delhi, India, between 23 and 29 November 1983, and was hosted by that country’s Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi. The retreat was held in Goa. The discussion was held on three major […]

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Sir Jagadish Chandra Bose

A Bengali physicist who did pioneering research in wireless wave technology, Jagadish Chandra Bose was born on November 30, 1858. When he died on November 23, 1937, he left behind a rich and diverse legacy, not only as an establishing father of experimental science in India but also as a botanist, biologist, and thinker. Add […]

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Religious Violence in Nigeria 2002

In November 2002, protests relating to the Miss World beauty contest due to be held in Nigeria spiraled out of control and around 250 people were killed as Muslim and Christian groups attacked each other for three days in the northern city of Kaduna. The security forces not only failed to stop the killings despite […]

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1975: Juan Carlos takes power from dying Spanish Dictator

On 22 November 1975, two days after the death of dictator General Francisco Franco, Prince Juan Carlos was sworn in as King of Spain. Franco had ruled with an iron hand for 36 years, after winning the 1936 to 1939 civil war, so this was a turning point in the country’s history and transition towards democracy.  Born in […]

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Miss World Diana Hayden

Diana Hayden was born on 1 May 1973. She is an Indian actress, television host, model, and the winner of the Miss World 1997 pageant. She is the third Indian woman to win the title of Miss World. She also won three subtitles during the pageant and is the only Miss World title holder to do […]

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Assassination of American President John F. Kennedy

American President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas on November 22, 1963. Whether you were alive at the time or not, you probably know that Lee Harvey Oswald killed the President, only to be fatally gunned down by Jack Ruby two days later. John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States, was assassinated on Friday, November 22, 1963, at 12:30 p.m. […]