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Today in History

Posted November 29

Today in History

Today is Tuesday, Nov. 29, the 334th day of 2016. There are 32 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Nov. 29, 2001, George Harrison, the "quiet Beatle," died in Los Angeles following a battle with cancer; he was 58.

On this date:

In 1530, Cardinal Thomas Wolsey (WOOL'-zee), onetime adviser to England's King Henry VIII, died.

In 1864, a Colorado militia killed at least 150 peaceful Cheyenne Indians in the Sand Creek Massacre.

In 1890, the first Army-Navy football game was played at West Point, New York; Navy defeated Army, 24-0. The Imperial Diet, forerunner of Japan's current national legislature, opened its first session.

In 1924, Italian composer Giacomo Puccini died in Brussels before he could complete his opera "Turandot." (It was finished by Franco Alfano.)

In 1947, the U.N. General Assembly passed a resolution calling for the partitioning of Palestine between Arabs and Jews.

In 1956, the musical comedy "Bells Are Ringing," starring Judy Holliday, opened on Broadway.

In 1961, Enos the chimp was launched from Cape Canaveral aboard the Mercury-Atlas 5 spacecraft, which orbited earth twice before returning.

In 1972, the coin-operated video arcade game Pong, created by Atari, made its debut at Andy Capp's Tavern in Sunnyvale, California.

In 1981, actress Natalie Wood drowned in a boating accident off Santa Catalina Island, California, at age 43.

In 1986, actor Cary Grant died in Davenport, Iowa, at age 82.

In 1991, 17 people were killed in a 164-vehicle pileup during a dust storm on Interstate 5 near Coalinga, California. Actor Ralph Bellamy died in Santa Monica, California, at age 87.

In 1996, John C. Salvi III, serving a life sentence for fatally shooting two abortion clinic receptionists, hanged himself in his Massachusetts prison cell.

Ten years ago: The first of two high-profile meetings in Jordan between President George W. Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki (NOO'-ree ahl-MAHL'-ih-kee) was abruptly canceled amid conflicting explanations. (Bush met al-Maliki the next day.) Still losing money after job and factory cuts, Ford Motor Co. said 38,000 workers, almost half of its hourly production force, had accepted buyouts or early retirement offers.

Five years ago: Eurozone ministers sent Greece an 8 billion-euro ($10.7 billion) Christmas rescue package to stem an immediate cash crisis. Hard-line Iranian protesters stormed British diplomatic compounds in what began as an apparent state-approved show of anger over the latest Western sanctions to punish Tehran for its nuclear program. American Airlines' parent company, AMR Corp., filed for bankruptcy protection, citing high labor and fuel costs and the weak economy. (American Airlines emerged from bankruptcy protection in Dec. 2013 as it merged with US Airways.)

One year ago: President Barack Obama, arriving in Paris late at night for a climate conference, briefly visited the Bataclan, the concert hall that was the scene of the worst of France's terror attacks 16 days earlier. Pope Francis visited the conflict-wracked Central African Republic, where he urged the country's Christian and Muslim factions to lay down their weapons and instead arm themselves with peace and forgiveness. Andy Murray gave Britain its first Davis Cup title in 79 years when he beat Belgium's David Goffin 6-3, 7-5, 6-3 in the first of reverse singles.

Today's Birthdays: Hall-of-Fame sportscaster Vin Scully is 89. Former French President Jacques Chirac is 84. Blues singer-musician John Mayall is 83. Actress Diane Ladd is 81. Songwriter Mark James is 76. Composer-musician Chuck Mangione is 76. Country singer Jody Miller is 75. Pop singer-musician Felix Cavaliere (The Rascals) is 74. Former Olympic skier Suzy Chaffee is 70. Actor Jeff Fahey is 64. Movie director Joel Coen is 62. Actor-comedian-celebrity judge Howie Mandel is 61. Former Homeland Security Director Janet Napolitano is 59. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is 57. Actress Cathy Moriarty is 56. Actress Kim Delaney is 55. Actor Tom Sizemore is 55. Actor Andrew McCarthy is 54. Actor Don Cheadle is 52. Actor-producer Neill Barry is 51. Musician Wallis Buchanan is 51. Pop singer Jonathan Knight (New Kids on the Block) is 48. Rock musician Martin Carr (Boo Radleys) is 48. Actress Jennifer Elise Cox is 47. Actor Larry Joe Campbell is 46. Rock musician Frank Delgado (Deftones) is 46. Actress Paola Turbay is 46. Contemporary Christian singer Crowder is 45. Actress Gena Lee Nolin is 45. Actor Brian Baumgartner is 44. Actor Julian Ovenden is 41. Actress Anna Faris is 40. Gospel singer James Fortune is 39. Actress Lauren German is 38. Rapper The Game is 37. Actress Janina Gavankar is 36. Rock musician Ringo Garza is 35. Actor/comedian John Milhiser is 35. Actor Lucas Black is 34. Actor Diego Boneta (TV: "Scream Queens") is 26.

Thought for Today: "All the world is birthday cake, so take a piece, but not too much." — George Harrison (1943-2001).

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