On November 22:
1574 Discovery of the Juan Fernández Islands off Chile.
1718 Pirate Edward Teach (best known as “Blackbeard“) was killed in battle with a boarding party led by Lieutenant Robert Maynard.
1808 Thomas Cook, British travel entrepreneur, was born.
1819 George Eliot, (Mary Ann Evans) British novelist, was born.
1859 Charles Darwin‘s book On the Origin of Species was first offered for sale, in London.
1899 Hoagy Carmichael, American composer, was born.
1890 Charles de Gaulle, President of France (, was born.
1913 Benjamin Britten, British composer, was born.
1914 Peter Townsend, British Equerry and air pilot, was born.
1919 – Máire Drumm
, Irish civil rights activist, was born.
1943 Lebanon gained independence from France.
1958 Jamie Lee Curtis, American actress, was born.
1963 US President John F. Kennedy was killed and Texas Governor John B. Connally is seriously wounded by Lee Harvey Oswald.
1975 Juan Carlos was declared King of Spain following the death of Francisco Franco.
1977 British Airways inaugurated a regular London to New York City supersonic Concorde service.
1998 British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher withdrew from the Conservative Party leadership election, confirming the end of her premiership.
1995 Toy Story was released as the first feature-length film created completely using computer-generated imagery.
2005 Angela Merkel became the first female Chancellor of Germany.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.