Today in History

  • Tuesday, November 29, 2016 1:30am
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Today is Tuesday, Nov. 29, the 334th day of 2016. There are 32 days left in the year.

Today’s highlight:

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, 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 Imperial Diet, forerunner of Japan’s current national legislature, opened its first session.

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

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 I-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 meetings in Jordan between President George W. Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki 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.

One year ago: 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.

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