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On This Day - November 29th

The 29th of November is nothing short of extraordinary. We know it does not get the recognition it deserves, so, to help alter that, here are some of the most important things you should know about today! If you’re celebrating an occasion of your own today, consider this an extra treat – we’ve also brought together a few famous birthdays at the end of the guide, too.

On this day

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The Antioch earthquake took place.

It is believed that on this date in 526 AD, the Antioch earthquake took place in the Byzantine Empire, now where Syria would be. The earthquake killed 200,000 people according to ancient records – which would have made it one of the deadliest natural disasters of all time.

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The November Uprising started emerging.

In 1830, the November Uprising took place – it was an armed rebellion against Russia's rule in Poland that many also refer to as the Polish-Russian war. This conflict would rally forward until October 1831, after which tens of thousands of lives were lost on the battlefield.

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The phonograph was demonstrated.

In 1877, multi-faceted US inventor Thomas Edison demonstrated his hand-cranked phonograph for the first time. The invention changed the world – we certainly wouldn’t have music streaming without Edison’s record player!

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Schrödinger’s cat was introduced to the world.

In 1935, Erwin Schrödinger, a famous physicist, published his thought experiment "Schrödinger's cat". The experiment demonstrated a strange paradox – that if a cat is shut in a box with a lid, how can we be sure it still exists? Beyond the meowing, of course! Please don’t shut any animals in boxes today to experiment.

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Video games made their home debut.

One of the very first home video games celebrates its birthday today – as Pong, the famous bat-and-ball game, was released by Atari all the way back in 1972. It’s hard to believe gaming as a hobby is more than 50 years old!

Special Days Falling on November 29th

November 29th serves up more than just interesting historical tidbits, as it’s also a great opportunity to learn more about different cultures and celebrations unfolding the world over. Here are some of the most interesting occasions people are marking worldwide on November 29th.
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Chadwick Boseman Day

For a few years now, people of the world have celebrated Chadwick Boseman Day. The day is dedicated to the late actor who starred most famously as Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. During his life, he inspired millions with his strength, talent, determination, and kindness. So, we honor him every year today, on the late actor's birthday.

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Isdal Woman Day

On November 29th, we also take the time to consider Isdal Woman Day. The Isdal Woman refers to an unidentified woman whose body was found in 1970 in Norway. The day is not only marked to raise awareness about the mysteries surrounding the case, but also to consider the mysterious deaths of others, and their cases which may never be solved. If you’re a fan of cold cases, now might be a good time to do some sleuthing.

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National Lemon Cream Pie Day

Yes, it’s another one of those days on the calendar that has a very specific dessert associated with it! Unsurprisingly, National Lemon Cream Pie Day is all about that classic sweet treat – which some people call lemon meringue in certain corners of the globe. Tricky to master but delicious every time, lemon cream pie is sweet and filling, and well worth celebrating.

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This month in history

In 1992, Australia’s Anglican Church first voted to enable women to pursue careers as priests. While the largest diocese actually voted against the bill, iit still received the required two-thirds approval.

Famous Birthdays on November 29th

John Ray, English naturalist, born 1627

Louisa May Alcott, American author, born 1832

CS Lewis, Northern Irish author, born 1898

Chadwick Boseman, American actor, born 1976

Russell Wilson, American NFL player, born 1988

interesting facts about Sagittarius

If you were born on November 29th…


…you’re a Sagittarius! You’re friendly, open-minded, and very generous. You can also be messy, reckless, and occasionally immature! However, one thing’s for certain – you always know how to make people laugh.


Head over to our Sagittarius facts page to learn more!

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