Friday, Nov. 29, the 333rd day of 2019. There are 32 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Nov. 29, 1963, President Johnson named a commission headed by Earl Warren to investigate the assassination of President Kennedy.
On this date:
In 1890, the first Army-Navy football game was played at West Point, New York; Navy defeated Army, 24-0.
In 1910, British explorer Robert F. Scott's ship Terra Nova set sail from New Zealand, carrying Scott's expedition on its ultimately futile — as well as fatal — race to reach the South Pole first.
In 1929, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Richard E. Byrd, pilot Bernt Balchen, radio operator Harold June and photographer Ashley McKinney made the first airplane flight over the South Pole.
In 1947, the U.N. General Assembly passed a resolution calling for the partitioning of Palestine between Arabs and Jews; 33 members, including the United States, voted in favor of the resolution, 13 voted against while 10 abstained. (The plan, rejected by the Arabs, was never implemented.)
In 1952, President-elect Dwight D. Eisenhower secretly left on a trip to Korea, keeping his campaign promise to assess the ongoing conflict first-hand.
In 1961, Enos the chimp was launched from Cape Canaveral aboard the Mercury-Atlas 5 spacecraft, which orbited earth twice before returning.
In 1981, actress Natalie Wood drowned in a boating accident off Santa Catalina Island, California, at age 43.
In 1987, a Korean Air 707 jetliner en route from Abu Dhabi to Bangkok was destroyed by a bomb planted by North Korean agents with the loss of all 115 people aboard.
In 1991, 17 people were killed in a 164-vehicle pileup during a dust storm on Interstate 5 near Coalinga (koh-LING'-guh), California. Actor Ralph Bellamy died in Santa Monica, California, at age 87.
In 2000, bracing the public for more legal wrangling, Vice President Al Gore said in a series of TV interviews that he was prepared to contest the Florida presidential vote until "the middle of December."
In 2001, George Harrison, the "quiet Beatle," died in Los Angeles following a battle with cancer; he was 58.
In 2008, Indian commandos killed the last remaining gunmen holed up at a luxury Mumbai hotel, ending a 60-hour rampage through India's financial capital by suspected Pakistani-based militants that killed 166 people.
Ten years ago: A gunman shot and killed four Lakewood, Washington, police officers at a coffee shop (suspect Maurice Clemmons was shot to death by a Seattle police officer two days later). Iran approved plans to build 10 industrial scale uranium enrichment facilities in defiance of U.N. demands it halt enrichment. Swiss voters approved a constitutional ban on construction of new minarets, the iconic mosque towers. Francesco and Edoardo Molinari of Italy became the first brother combination to win the World Cup of Golf.
Five years ago: An Egyptian judge dismissed murder charges against former President Hosni Mubarak (HOHS'-nee moo-BAH'-rahk) and acquitted his security chief over the killings of protesters during Egypt's 2011 uprising. Pope Francis stood in two minutes of silent prayer facing east inside one of Istanbul's most important religious sites, the 17th-century Sultan Ahmet mosque, on the second leg of his three-day visit to Turkey.
One year ago: As he headed to the Group of 20 Nations summit in Argentina, President Donald Trump abruptly canceled a planned meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, citing Russia’s seizure of Ukrainian vessels. (Trump and Putin ended up talking briefly on the sidelines of the summit.) In a surprise guilty plea, former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen confessed that he lied to Congress about a Moscow real estate deal he pursued on Trump’s behalf during the 2016 campaign. China’s government ordered a halt to work by a medical team that claimed to have helped make the world’s first gene-edited babies. U.S. health officials reported that suicides and drug overdoses pushed up U.S. deaths in 2017 and drove a continuing decline in how long Americans are expected to live.
Today's Birthdays: Hall of Fame sportscaster Vin Scully is 92. Blues singer-musician John Mayall is 86. Actress Diane Ladd is 84. Songwriter Mark James is 79. Composer-musician Chuck Mangione is 79. Country singer Jody Miller is 78. Pop singer-musician Felix Cavaliere (The Rascals) is 77. Former Olympic skier Suzy Chaffee is 73. Actor Jeff Fahey is 67. Movie director Joel Coen is 65. Actor-comedian-celebrity judge Howie Mandel is 64. Former Homeland Security Director Janet Napolitano (neh-pahl-ih-TAN'-oh) is 62. Former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is 60. Actress Cathy Moriarty is 59. Actress Kim Delaney is 58. Actor Tom Sizemore is 58. Actor Andrew McCarthy is 57. Actor Don Cheadle is 55. Actor-producer Neill Barry is 54. Musician Wallis Buchanan is 54. Pop singer Jonathan Knight (New Kids on the Block) is 51. Rock musician Martin Carr (Boo Radleys) is 51. Actress Jennifer Elise Cox is 50. Baseball Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera is 50. Actor Larry Joe Campbell is 49. Rock musician Frank Delgado (Deftones) is 49. Actress Paola Turbay is 49. Contemporary Christian singer Crowder is 48. Actress Gena Lee Nolin is 48. Actor Brian Baumgartner is 47. Actor Julian Ovenden is 44. Actor Chadwick Boseman is 43. Actress Anna (AH'-nuh) Faris is 43. Gospel singer James Fortune is 42. Actress Lauren German is 41. Rapper The Game is 40. Actress Janina Gavankar is 39. Rock musician Ringo Garza is 38. Actor-comedian John Milhiser is 38. Actor Lucas Black is 37. Actor Diego Boneta is 29. Actress Lovie Simone (TV: "Greenleaf") is 21.
Thought for Today: "When you've seen beyond yourself, then you may find, peace of mind is waiting there." — George Harrison (1943-2001).
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Today is Saturday, Nov. 30, the 334th day of 2019. There are 31 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Nov. 30, 1782, the United States and Britain signed preliminary peace articles in Paris for ending the Revolutionary War; the Treaty of Paris was signed in Sept. 1783.
On this date:
In 1835, Samuel Langhorne Clemens — better known as Mark Twain — was born in Florida, Missouri.
In 1874, British statesman Sir Winston Churchill was born at Blenheim Palace.
In 1900, Irish writer Oscar Wilde died in Paris at age 46.
In 1936, London's famed Crystal Palace, constructed for the Great Exhibition of 1851, was destroyed in a fire.
In 1960, the last DeSoto was built by Chrysler, which had decided to retire the brand after 32 years.
In 1965, "Unsafe at Any Speed" by Ralph Nader, a book highly critical of the U.S. auto industry, was first released in hardcover by Grossman Publishers.
In 1981, the United States and the Soviet Union opened negotiations in Geneva aimed at reducing nuclear weapons in Europe.
In 1982, the Michael Jackson album "Thriller" was released by Epic Records. The motion picture "Gandhi," starring Ben Kingsley as the Indian nationalist leader, had its world premiere in New Delhi.
In 1988, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and Co. was declared the winner of the corporate free-for-all to take over RJR Nabisco Inc. with a bid of $24.53 billion.
In 1993, President Bill Clinton signed the Brady Bill, which required a five-day waiting period for handgun purchases and background checks of prospective buyers.
In 2000, Al Gore's lawyers battled for his political survival in the Florida and U.S. Supreme Courts; meanwhile, GOP lawmakers in Tallahassee moved to award the presidency to George W. Bush in case the courts did not by appointing their own slate of electors.
In 2013, Paul Walker, 40, the star of the "Fast & Furious" movie series, died with his friend, Roger W. Rodas, who was at the wheel of a Porsche sports car that crashed and burned north of Los Angeles.
Ten years ago: Retired Ohio auto worker John Demjanjuk (dem-YAHN'-yuk) went on trial in Munich, Germany, accused of helping to kill 27,900 Jews as a Nazi death camp guard. (Demjanjuk was convicted in May 2011 of being an accessory to murder; he was sentenced to five years in prison, but was released while his conviction was under appeal; he died in March 2012 at age 91.) In Geneva, the Large Hadron Collider, the world's largest atom smasher, broke a world record for proton acceleration. Serena Williams was fined a record $82,500 for her tirade at a U.S. Open line judge. Tiger Woods withdrew from his own golf tournament, citing injuries from a car crash near his Florida home.
Five years ago: Pope Francis and the spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, issued a joint declaration at the end of Francis' visit to Turkey demanding an end to violent persecution of Christians in the Middle East and calling for dialogue with Muslims. Anthony Marshall, 90, a decorated World War II veteran, diplomat and Broadway producer who saw his aristocratic life unravel as he was convicted in 1990 of raiding the fortune of his socialite mother, Brooke Astor, died in New York.
One year ago: Former President George H.W. Bush, a World War II hero who rose through the political ranks to the nation’s highest office, died at his Houston home at the age of 94; his wife of more than 70 years, Barbara Bush, had died in April. On the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Buenos Aires, President Donald Trump and the leaders of Canada and Mexico signed a revised North American trade pact. (The agreement hasn’t yet been approved by U.S. lawmakers.) The Marriott hotel chain announced that hackers had stolen credit card and other information on as many as 500 million guests over a period of four years. A white former Dallas police officer was indicted on a murder charge, nearly three months after she fatally shot an unarmed black neighbor whose apartment she said she entered by mistake. (Amber Guyger was convicted and sentenced to ten years in prison.)
Today's Birthdays: G. Gordon Liddy is 89. Country singer-recording executive Jimmy Bowen is 82. Movie director Ridley Scott is 82. Screenwriter Geoffrey C. Ward is 79. Movie writer-director Terrence Malick is 76. Rock musician Roger Glover (Deep Purple) is 74. Playwright David Mamet (MA'-meht) is 72. Actor Mandy Patinkin is 67. Musician Shuggie Otis is 66. Country singer Jeannie Kendall is 65. Singer Billy Idol is 64. Historian Michael Beschloss is 64. Rock musician John Ashton (The Psychedelic Furs) is 62. Comedian Colin Mochrie is 62. Former football and baseball player Bo Jackson is 57. Rapper Jalil (Whodini) is 56. Actor-director Ben Stiller is 54. Rock musician Mike Stone is 50. Music producer Steve Aoki is 42. Singer Clay Aiken is 41. Actor Billy Lush is 38. Actress Elisha Cuthbert is 37. Actress Kaley Cuoco (KWOH'-koh) is 34. Model Chrissy Teigen (TY'-gihn) is 34. Actress Christel Khalil is 32. Actress Rebecca Rittenhouse is 31. Actress Adelaide Clemens is 30.
Thought for Today: "Civilization is the limitless multiplication of unnecessary necessities." — Mark Twain (1835-1910).