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On This Day in History - 22nd November

Birthdays

1808Thomas Cook, Founder of the Thomas Cook travel agents
1819George Elliot, Author of 'The Mill On the Floss' & 'Silas Marner'
1913Benjamin Britten, English operatic composer
1930Sir Peter Hall, Leading director, and former manager of the RSC
1941Tom Conti, Stage and screen actor
1943Billie Jean King, US tennis player & Wimbledon Champion
1950Tina Weymouth, Of the group 'Talking Heads'
1953Wayne Larkins, English cricketer and batsman

Events

1900Sir Arthur Sullivan, the famous composer of several operas with his friend W.S Gilbert, died
1963US president J.F Kennedy was shot and killed while travelling through Dallas, Texas
1963Lyndon B Johnson was sworn in as the 35th President of America, shortly after the assassination of President Kennedy
1965In Las Vegas, Cassius Clay beat Floyd Paterson to retain his world heavyweight boxing title
1975King Juan Carlos II was sworn in as head of state, two days after the death of General Franco, the Spanish dictator
1980The American actress Mae West died, aged 88