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On This Day in History - 30th November


1835Mark Twain, American author of 'The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn'
1874Sir Winston Churchill, Former British Prime Minister & war time leader
1914Charles Hawtrey, Actor; often appeared in the 'Carry On' films
1932Robert Vaughan, Actor; 'Napoleon Solo' in TV's 'The Man From UNCLE'
1944Luther Ingram, 'Soul' star of the 60's
1955Billy Idol, Pop star formerly with the group 'Generation X'
1960Gary Lineker, Footballer, and former England captain


1900Oscar Wilde, the Irish poet and dramatist, died in poverty in Paris
1913Charlie Chaplin made his film debut, in the film 'Making a living'
1931Columbia records and HMV joined to form EMI
1936In London, the 'Crystal Palace' was destroyed by fire
1955Floodlights were used for the first time at Wembley Stadium, during an international game with Spain
1964Sir Winston Churchill celebrated his 90th birthday
1983In Cumbria, near the Sellafield nuclear plant, seaweed contaminated by heavy radioactivity was discovered
1987At auctioneers 'Christies'in London, a painting by Edgar Degas, 'The Laundry Maids', was sold for 7.48 million