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* On Nov. 23, 1910, Johan Alfred Ander was convicted of murdering Victoria Hellsten during a robbery he conducted in an effort to solve his ongoing financial problems. He was the last person to be executed in Sweden and the only one in Swedish history to be executed by guillotine.

* On Nov. 24, 1877, Anna Sewell’s novel about a horse named Black Beauty was published. Alternately scribbled on scraps of paper and dictated to the author’s mother, the book would go on to become not just a beloved classic and adapted for cinema, but play an important part in the animal rights movement.

* On Nov. 25, 1950, the “Appalachian Storm” dropped nearly 60 inches of snow in that area, carrying with it unseasonal temperatures and causing widespread property damage. About 150 people were believed to have died as a result of the storm.

* On Nov. 26, 2018 the robotic probe InSight, designed to study the deep interior of Mars, landed on Elysium Planitia on the red planet. Data collected from it could bring a new understanding of how Mars, as well as other terrestrial planets, formed and evolved.

* On Nov. 27, 1968, Penny Ann Early became the first woman to play major professional basketball for the Kentucky Colonels, in an ABA game against the Los Angeles Stars. At just 5’3” tall and 112 pounds, she was also the smallest pro basketball player ever to compete.

* On Nov. 28, 1967, England’s National Hunt Committee, following the advice of the Ministry of Agriculture, canceled all horse racing in the country due to new outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease.

* On Nov. 29, 1972, Atari released the table tennis-themed arcade video game Pong. While originally designed as a training exercise by creator Allan Alcorn, Atari’s founders were pleased enough by its quality to manufacture it. The first commercially successful video game, it would prove instrumental in launching that industry.

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