On November 25:
1703 The Great Storm of 1703, the greatest windstorm ever recorded in the southern part of Great Britain, reached its peak intensity which it maintained through November 27. Winds gusted up to 120 mph, and 9,000 people died.
1839 A cyclone hit India with high winds and a 40 foot storm surge, destroying the port city of Coringa. The storm wave swept inland, taking with it 20,000 ships and thousands of people. An estimated 300,000 deaths resulted.
1835 Andrew Carnegie, British-born industrialist and philanthropist, was born.
1844 Karl Benz, German engineer and inventor, was born.
1880 John Flynn (minister), Founder of the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia, was born.
1880 Elsie J. Oxenham, British children’s author, was born.
1890 Isaac Rosenberg, English war poet and artist, was born.
1903 Timaru boxer Bob Fitzsimmons became the first man ever to be world champion in three different weight divisions.
1909 P.D. Eastman, American children’s author and screenwriter, was born.
1914 Joe DiMaggio, American baseball player, was born.
1915 Augusto Pinochet, Chilean Dictator, was born.
1926 The deadliest November tornado outbreak in U.S. history struck. 27 twisters of great strength were reported in the Midwest, including the strongest November tornado, an estimated F4, that devastated Heber Springs, Arkansas. There were 51 deaths in Arkansas alone, 76 deaths and 400 injuries in all.
1950 Alexis Wright, Australian author, was born.
1950 The “Storm of the Century“, a violent snowstorm, paralyzed the northeastern United States and the Appalachians, bringing winds up to 100 mph and sub-zero temperatures. Pickens, West Virginia, recorded 57 inches of snow. 323 people died as a result of the storm.
Surface Analysis showing cyclone near time of maximum intensity on November 26, 1950.
Cover art for the original release (artist Peter Blake)