On the 28th of November, 1899, Virginia Oldoini, Countess of Castiglione died, aged sixty-two.
Born on the 22nd of March, 1837 to an Italian aristocratic family, she was known for her beauty and for being the mistress of Emperor Napoleon III of France. She is also remembered for her contributions to the development of photography.
Oldoini, who was known for her long, wavy blonde hair and changeable eyes, was photographed many hundreds of times. Many pictures did not feature her face as they were considered risqué for the time. For example the pictures that were taken of her bare legs and feet.
She cut herself off from society as she got older, and refused to go outside except at night.
The Farmington Mine disaster took place on the 20th of November, 1968, in West Virginia, USA.
At approximately 5:30am an explosion rocked the coal mine while ninety-nine miners were inside.
Miners being rescued.
Twelve miners were able to be rescued, but the other seventy-eight were trapped, and died. Nineteen bodies were never recovered.
The cause of the disaster was never discovered, and the mine was permanently sealed. Though the cause might not be known, the disaster led to reform in America’s mining industry.
19th November 1935: British dancer Phyllis Bedells training her daughter Jean at her studio in Kilburn.
On the 18th of November, 1987 at approximately 19:30 a fire broke out at London’s King’s Cross St. Pancras tube station. Thirty-one people died and another one hundred were injured.
Many Londoners defied the Underground’s smoking ban, with many lighting up before leaving the station. It was eventually concluded the fire was sparked by one of the many matches thrown down the wooden escalators leading out of the station.