It Happened On #58

A gloomy Sunday brings another edition of It Happened On. One more day until Cyber Monday! Hope an elliptical goes on sale…

It happened on November 25 1999…The United Nations General Assembly passes a resolution designating November 25 the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The resolution, which was introduced by the Dominican Republic, marked the anniversary of the death of three sisters, Maria, Teresa, and Minerva Mirabel, who were brutally murdered there in 1960. While women in Latin America and the Caribbean had honoured the day since 1981, all UN countries did not formally recognize it until 1999

Also on November 25 1950, the so-called “storm of the century” hits the eastern part of the United States, killing hundreds and causing millions of dollars in damages. Also known as the “Appalachian Storm,” it dumped record amounts of snow in parts of the Appalachian Mountains

The storm was unique because it featured not only extremely strong winds and heavy snow, but both record high and low temperatures. In Pittsburgh, 30 inches of snow fell in a blinding snowstorm. Further north, Buffalo saw no snow, but experienced 50 MPH winds and 50-degree temperatures

The extreme weather was deemed responsible for the loss of 160 lives over several days

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