This week in history

November 23, 1976 – First person to dive 100 meters in the sea without breathing equipment

Frenchman Jacques Mayol, who is also sometimes known as Dolphin Man, was 49 years old at the time when he broke his own record 7 years later by diving 105 meters.

November 24, 1877 – Black Beauty published

The classic novel about the life of a horse called Black Beauty was written by English author Anna Sewell. The book quickly gained popularity and became an important part in the animal rights movement. It was Sewell’s only published work.

November 25, 1950 – Storm of the century hits eastern US

Also known as the Appalachian Storm, the storm reached blizzard conditions and dumped nearly 60 inches of snow in the area. It brought unseasonal temperatures to the region and caused widespread damage to property. About 150 people were thought to have been killed as a result of it.

November 26, 1942 – Casablanca premiers

The classic movie starring Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart won 3 Oscars – Best Picture, Director and Adapted Screenplay. The film, which is set during the Second World War, follows the life of Rick Blaine, a former freedom fighter and a club owner in Casablanca.

November 27, 1989 – World’s first living liver transplant

21-month old Alyssa Smith became the first person to receive a liver transplant from a living donor, her mother Teresa Smith at the University of Chicago Medical Center. The transplant occurred under the supervision of surgeons Christoph Broelsch, Thomas Heffron, and Jean Emond.

November 28, 1964 – NASA launches Mariner 4

The first spacecraft to make a flyby of Mars, the spacecraft was the first one to send images of a planet back to Earth.

November 29, 1899 FC – Barcelona founded

The popular football club was founded by footballer Hans Gamper. Informally known as Barça, the club is thought to be one of the top 5 richest football clubs in the world. The club has won 4 European Cups and is a 5 time Champions League winner.