Alfred Nobel

On November 27

We make history every day. But if you’re wondering what happened on this day in history in the years past, you’re not alone. So join at This Day That Age, where we explore the most significant events, births, and more for each day of the year. Today, we’ll be looking at November 27. Join us, and learn more about what happened on this day in history!

November 27, 1895: Swedish Chemist Alfred Nobel Establishes The Nobel Prize In His Will

Perhaps the most influential event on this day took place on November 27, 1895. It was on this day that Alfred Nobel, the inventor of dynamite, signed his last will. In this will, he called for his estate and fortune to be used to create awards which would be provided to those who created inventions and made scientific advancements that would help benefit all of humankind.

The will created a total of 5 Nobel Prize awards – the Nobel Prize for Physics, Chemistry, Medicine, Literature, and Peace. These awards are often recognized as the highest achievements for those in academia and scientific research. 

The Swedish Central Bank established the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 1968 – while this is not considered to be a “true” Nobel, it is still administered by the Nobel Foundation, and laureates are announced at the same time, and recognized in the same ceremony.

Observations And Celebrations

Though Nobel signed his last will on November 27, 1895, Alfred Nobel Day is celebrated on December 10th, as this is when the Nobel Prizes are given each year.

The celebrations of the Nobel Laureates begin in Oslo, Sweden on December 9th, when the award winners give press conferences. The award ceremony takes place on December 10th each year, and has been held yearly since 1901. The ceremony is followed by a banquet, and conferences on December 11th.

Other Famous Events On This Day In History 

1943: The Tehran Conference Is Held Between Churchill, Stalin, Roosevelt

The Tehran Conference

In 1943, Winston Churchill of Britain, Joseph Stalin of the USSR, and Franklin Roosevelt of the United States met for the Tehran Conference, the main outcome of which was deciding upon a “Second Front” for the war against Nazi Germany.

1978: The Assassination Of Harvey Milk And George Moscone 

Harvey Milk

Harvey Milk was well-known as the first openly gay person to be elected to a local government position, when he was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. On November 27, 1978, both he and George Moscone, then the mayor of San Francisco, were both killed by Dan White, a previous member of the Board. 

2013: Film “Frozen” Is Released, Becomes Highest-Grossing Animated Film Of All Time

Frozen

“Frozen,” starring Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell and Josh Gad, among others, in voice roles, was released in 2013. It quickly became the highest-grossing animated film of all time, and the 5th-highest grossing film ever, with a box office total of $1.219 billion. It has also spawned an enormous media franchise, with an estimated merchandise sale total of about $9.5 billion in just over 6 years.

Famous Birthdays On November 27

1940: Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee, a martial artist known for his roles in films like “Enter The Dragon,” and “Fists of Fury,” as well as his premature death at the age of 32, was born on this day of November 27, 1940.

1942: Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix has been widely acknowledged as one of the greatest guitarists and musicians of all time, and one of the most celebrated musicians of the 20th century. He was born on November 27, 1942 in Seattle, Washington.

1955: Bill Nye

Bill Nye is a scientist and educator who first rose to prominence with his television show “Bill Nye The Science Guy,” which ran from 1993-1999. He is credited with helping bring scientific ideas to millions of children, and the show has been nominated for 23 Emmy awards, and won 19 of them. 

Every day has seen its fair share of historical events, and November 27 is no exception. Some of the events that happened on this day have shaped history as we know it – the establishment of the Nobel Prize, in particular. So ponder what you’ve learned about, and make sure to join This Day That Age again to learn more about the world’s most important historical events.

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