Today in history, November 22: Assassination of JFK, Miss World pageant cancelled in Nigeria due to riots

US President John F Kennedy was assassinated on this day in 1963 while riding in a motorcade in Dallas, Texas and the Miss World pageant in Nigeria is cancelled and moved to London after news that Nigeria will host the event sparks deadly riots.

Highlights in history on this date:
1497: Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama becomes first to sail around the Cape of Good Hope.
1699: Treaty is signed by Denmark, Russia, Saxony and Poland for partition of Swedish Empire.
1718: English pirate Edward Teach – better known as “Blackbeard” – is killed during a battle off the Virginia coast.
1906: The SOS distress signal is adopted at the International Radio Telegraphic Convention in Berlin.
1935: The flying boat, The China Clipper, leaves San Francisco on the first trans-Pacific airmail flight.
1943: Lebanon is granted independence after two decades of French mandate rule.
1956: The first Olympics held in the southern hemisphere opens in Melbourne with junior world mile record holder Ron Clarke lighting the flame.
1962: Soviet Union announces end of combat-readiness alert of its armed forces, imposed at start of Cuban missile crisis.
1963: US President John F Kennedy is assassinated as he rides in motorcade in Dallas, Texas. Vice President Lyndon B Johnson becomes the 36th president.
1972: US President Richard Nixon lifts 22-year-old ban on American travel to China.
1977: The British and French supersonic airliner Concorde begins service out of New York’s Kennedy International Airport.
1989: Lebanese President Rene Mouawad is assassinated by a bomb.
1990: British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, after being defeated by John Major in a ballot for Conservative Party leader, resigns after 11-and-a-half years in office.
1992: NATO warships begin a blockade of Yugoslav territorial waters and a ceasefire virtually collapses.
1994: Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi is placed under investigation in a bribery probe.
1995: Toy Story is released as the first feature-length film created completely using computer-generated imagery.
2000: Four Palestinians are killed in the Gaza Strip by Israeli troops near a Jewish settlement.
2002: Officials cancel the Miss World pageant in Nigeria and move it instead to London after news that the African nation will host the event sparks deadly riots.
2005: Conservative Angela Merkel takes power as Germany’s first female chancellor and the country’s first leader to grow up under communism in East Germany.
2007: A transport strike that crippled France for nine days ends as rail workers around the country vote “yes” to return to the job.
2010: Thousands of people are crushed during a festival in the Cambodian capital, leaving more than 330 dead and hundreds injured.
2017: Dressed in the colours of the Indian flag, 58 army soldiers break the world record by riding on a motorbike at the same time.
2018: Brexit moves one step closer as Britain and the EU agree on a draft text that sets out a close post-Brexit economic relationship.

“To conquer without risk is to triumph without glory.” – Pierre Corneille, French dramatist (1606-1684).

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