Daily Archives: November 25, 2014

‘Confederate Army of Manhattan’ attempts to burn down New York City 150 years ago this hour (Nov 25 1864)

(Friday, November 25, 1864, beginning around 8:45 p.m. local time; during American Civil War) — A group of Confederate operatives calling themselves the Confederate Army of Manhattan started fires today (the day after Thanksgiving Day, what is now known as Black Friday) in more than 20 locations in an unsuccessful attempt to burn down New York City.

John Wilkes Booth acts in ‘Julius Caesar’ benefit performance in New York City 150 years ago tonight (Nov 25 1864)


Image: John Wilkes Booth, Edwin Booth and Junius Booth, Jr. (from left to right) in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar in 1864.

(Friday, November 25, 1864, evening local time; during American Civil War) — Actor John Wilkes Booth (later the assassin of U.S. president Abraham Lincoln) played Mark Antony today in a benefit performance of Julius Caesar at the Winter Garden Theater in New York City (with his brothers Junius, Jr. and Edwin). This landmark production raised funds to erect a statue of Shakespeare in Central Park, which remains to this day. Continue reading John Wilkes Booth acts in ‘Julius Caesar’ benefit performance in New York City 150 years ago tonight (Nov 25 1864)

Rock stars record Ethiopia famine benefit song in London 30 years ago today (Nov 25 1984)


Video: 'DO THEY KNOW ITS CHRISTMAS MAKING OF 1'

(Sunday, November 25, 1984) — Thirty-six top musicians gathered today at Sarm West Studios in Notting Hill, London, and recorded Band Aid‘s “Do They Know It’s Christmas” in order to raise money for famine relief in Ethiopia. Continue reading Rock stars record Ethiopia famine benefit song in London 30 years ago today (Nov 25 1984)

The Beatles record performances for ‘Saturday Club’ 50 years ago this hour (Nov 25 1964)


Video: '# 51. The Beatles - (BBC Radio, "Saturday Club" # 10, December 26, 1964)'

(Wednesday, November 25, 1964, 7:00-10:30 p.m. GMT) — The Beatles recorded an appearance tonight for the BBC Light Programme Saturday Club at Studio 2, Aeolian Hall in London, for airing on Dec. 26, 1964, at 10 a.m. Continue reading The Beatles record performances for ‘Saturday Club’ 50 years ago this hour (Nov 25 1964)

German V-2 rocket falls on packed Woolworths store in London 70 years ago today (Nov 25 1944)

(Saturday, November 25, 1944, 12:26 p.m. BST; during World War II) — A German V-2 rocket fell on a packed Woolworths store today in New Cross Road, South London, killing 168 people (including 15 children), injuring 122 others and razing the building to the ground. The neighbouring London Co-operative Society store was also demolished in the attack.