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On This Day - November 26th

November 26th – just another day, right? Well, we’re smack-bang in the middle of the holiday season in the US, but if you live elsewhere and you’re looking for something to mark the day with, we have you covered. Let’s take a look at some fun facts about November 26th and run through a few famous birthdays that might surprise you alongside!

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Second Triumvirate

The Second Triumvirate alliance was formed.

In 43 BC, the Second Triumvirate alliance was formed between Roman leader Octavian (who later became Caesar Augustus), Marcus Aemilius Lepidus, and Mark Anthony. If you know anything about Roman history, you’ll know that alliances were very important – these were brutal times!

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James Cook visited Maui.

In 1778, Captain James Cook, the famous British explorer, was the first recorded European to visit Maui in the Sandwich Islands. Never heard of them before? That’s because they’re now better known as the US state of Hawaii!

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The first Thanksgiving took place.

In 1789, the first-ever national Thanksgiving took place in America. It has been celebrated every year since, however, more and more people have begun questioning its morality – as it effectively celebrates colonialism. However, for millions of Americans, it's simply a great excuse to get together and enjoy some good food!

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland was first published.

Back on this day in 1865, Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll was published for the very first time in America. Over a century later, it is still one of the most famous stories in the world – and many of us appreciated it for the first time thanks to Disney's animated adaptation.

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Tutankhamun’s tomb was opened.

In 1922, English archaeologist Howard Carter opened Tutankhamun’s tomb for the first time in Egypt. The tomb was nearly perfectly intact when it was found – meaning the ancient Egyptians clearly knew how to embalm and protect for the best!

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November 26th is a day for celebration, commemoration, and coming together. Here are some of the biggest reasons people are coming together today.
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Good Grief Day

Every November 26th is Good Grief Day. The day honors the life and legacy of Charles M. Schulz, the famous cartoonist who brought the Peanuts comic strip to the world! His characters Charlie Brown and Snoopy are still enjoyed from paper to screen – and it's only right we take today to celebrate his enduring creations.

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World Lewis Day

November 26th is also World Lewis Day. It is a day dedicated to spreading awareness about the loss of koalas in the recent Australian bushfires. These poor creatures are often killed or at least displaced by the fires. So, today encourages people to donate to charities working to help these animals, or to help themselves in any way they can.

National Health Day

November 26th is also National Health Day, however, it really is an international event! It is a day to celebrate your health and wellbeing, and make sure you care for yourself and those around you. If there’s something bothering you about your health that you’ve been meaning to get checked out, now really is the time.

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This month in history

In 1943, the Cairo Conference took place. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Chinese Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek, and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill all met to discuss the war in the Pacific, specifically against Japan. This was in the dying days of World War II, which would end two years later.

Famous Birthdays on November 26th

Go-Daigo, 96th Emperor of Japan, born 1288

Charles M. Schulz, American cartoonist, born 1922

Tina Turner, American musician, born 1939

Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, Icelandic strongman, born 1988

Rita Ora, British-Kosovan singer, songwriter, and actress, born 1990

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If you were born on November 26th


…you’re a Sagittarius! You’re an optimistic, self-assured, and open-minded person. The world is your oyster! Many people rely on you to crack some jokes and to inject some fun into the room – and, thankfully, you’re never one to pass up an opportunity.


If you’re new to the Western Zodiac, you’re going to want to find out more – so, head over to our Sagittarius facts page and let us fill you in.

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