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28th November

1520 Ferdinand Magellan a Portuguese explorer passed through the "Magellan strait" into the Pacific ocean.

1660 The Royal Society was founded in London.

1757 * William Blake, English poet and painter.

1820 * Friedrich Engels, German political thinker who helped devise the Communist Manifesto.

1893 Australia became the first nation to allow women the right to vote.

1905 The Irish political party Sinn Fein was founded in Dublin, by Arthur Griffith.

1919 When she was elected at Plymouth, American born Lady Astor became the first woman to take her seat in the British Parliament.

1931 * Hope Lange, US actress who starred in the film Peyton Place (1957).

1948 Dr. Edwin Land's first Polaroid camera went on sale in Britain.

1959 * Stephen Roche, Irish cyclist who won the Tour de France in 1987.

1962 The death was announced of Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands.

1968 Enid Blyton, the childrens writer and creator of "Noddy", died.

1977 Police said an English farmer Ray Convine, uncovered a major immigrant smuggling operation using a disused airfield on his farm in Kimbolton.

1990 British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher formally tendered her resignation to the Queen and left Downing Street for the last time.

1994 For a second time, Norway rejected membership of the European Union in a referendum.

1999 Eleven people are injured when a naked man wielding a Samurai sword burst into a church in south London during Sunday Mass.

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