On this day
Benjamin Franklin received a bold reward.
In 1753, Benjamin Franklin received the Godfrey Copley medal. He received the honor for “his curious experiments and observations on electricity.” Seems like flying that kite was worth the effort!
The death penalty was abolished in Tuscany.
In 1786, the Grand Duke of Tuscany, Leopold II, promoted a penal reform. This made his state the first one ever to abolish the death penalty.
The first international kick-off took place.
On this day in 1872, the world’s first international soccer match kicked off – between England and Scotland, who would draw the match 0-0. Ok – the two countries aren’t exactly worlds apart, but the international label still counts!
The Mask of Agamemnon was found.
In 1876, Heinrich Schliemann, a famous archaeologist, found the gold Mask of Agamemnon. It was found in Mycenae, now known as Greece.
The deadliest serial killer in US history was caught.
Gary Ridgway, known to many as the Green River Killer, was arrested for the murder of multiple women on this day in 2001. Ridgway is thought to have murdered up to 80 women during his spree, however, he only pled guilty to killing 48 of them.
Special Days Falling on November 30thOn this last day of November, we think it is just as important to consider the people of today as it is those of the past. With that in mind, here are some of the biggest celebrations and commemorations taking place around the world today.
Barbados Independence Day
Every November 30th is Barbados Independence Day! The day honors the island country's independence from Great Britain, having spent over 360 years under the country's rule! To celebrate, there are lightings of parliament buildings, as well as lights all over public buildings and roads. You will also find arts and sports competitions, social events, and parades unfolding across the country.
For the people of the Philippines, November 30th is Bonifacio Day. The day honors Andrés Bonifacio, who is recognized as a national hero. He was one of the founders of a secret society of revolutionaries known as the Katipunan – and for that, he is often referred to as the Father of the Philippine Revolution.
Day of Remembrance for All Victims of Chemical Warfare
For people all over the world, November 30th is the Day of Remembrance for All Victims of Chemical Warfare. The day was created by the UN (United Nations) to help all of us remember the countless victims that have been lost to chemical warfare. It also is there to help affirm and remind us of the Organization of the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and their commitment to stopping the use of chemical weapons, period.