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25 Years Ago Many Midland public houses seem certain to be shut because of strike action at Christmas as a protracted inter-union dispute remains unresolved. About 230 Mitchells and Butlers managers are sticking by their decision last month to strike at Christmas unless progress is made towards giving their union negotiating rights with the brewery.

The Birmingham Post, November 1976

50 Years Ago The children's television chief, Miss Freda Lingstrom, is to visit Birmingham to determine whether Midland children's tastes differ from those in London and the South. Announcing this last night, Miss Lingstrom said she had not yet decided whether tastes varied in different parts of the country.

The Birmingham Post, November 1951

100 Years Ago Lord Coventry, at Worcester yesterday, presented medals to the Worcestershire Yeomanry and Volunteers who have returned from the front.

The Birmingham Daily Post, November 1901

November 30, 1835: Birth of American writer Mark Twain:

Born as Samuel Langhorne Clemens in Missouri, Mark Twain earned worldwide fame with his two classic boyhood stories, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885). He spent a large part of his life working odd jobs, including a spell as a steamboat apprentice pilot on the Mississippi River, and writing articles for local newspapers. In 1861, he travelled west and his humorous stories under his pen name Mark Twain made him famous. After marrying in 1870, he settled in Hartford, Connecticut, where he wrote both Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. He once famously remarked: 'The report of my death was an exaggeration' after a mistaken newspaper report.

Also on This Day: 1667: Birth of writer Jonathan Swift; 1872: The first England v Scotland football match took place in Glasgow ending in a 0-0 draw; 1874: Birth of Sir Winston Churchill, a descendant of the Duke of Marlborough, in Blenheim Palace; 1900: Death of Irish-born playwright Oscar Wilde in Paris aged 46; 1913: Charlie Chaplin made his film debut in Mack Sennett's short Making A Living; 1936: The Crystal Palace was destroyed by fire; 1955: The first floodlit football match at Wembley was played between England and Spain; 1968: The Trades Description Act came into force; 1986: British-born Hollywood actor Cary Grant died; 1977: Death of playwright Sir Terence Rattigan.
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