Today in History: Nov. 30

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UNDATED (AP) Thursday, Nov. 30, is the 334th day of 2017.

  • Highlight in History:
    • On Nov. 30, 1835, Samuel Langhorne Clemens — better known as Mark Twain — was born in Florida, Missouri.
  • On this date:
    • In 1016, Edmund II, King of the English, died after a reign of seven months.
    • In 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.
    • In 1803, Spain completed the process of ceding Louisiana to France, which had sold it to the United States.
    • 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 1939, the Winter War began as Soviet troops invaded Finland. (The conflict ended the following March with a Soviet victory.)
    • In 1954, Ann Elizabeth Hodges of Oak Grove, Alabama, was slightly injured when an 8-1/2-pound chunk of meteor crashed through the roof of her house, hit a radio cabinet, then struck her as she lay napping on a couch.
    • In 1966, the former British colony of Barbados became independent.
    • In 1977, Bing Crosby’s final Christmas TV special, Bing Crosby’s Merrie Olde Christmas, aired on CBS.
    • In 1982, the Michael Jackson album Thriller was released by Epic Records.
    • Also in 1982, the motion picture Gandhi, starring Ben Kingsley as the Indian nationalist leader, had its world premiere in New Delhi.
    • In 1987, American author James Baldwin died in Saint Paul de Vence, France, at age 63.
    • 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.
  • Ten years ago:
    • A man took hostages at a Hillary Clinton campaign office in Rochester, New Hampshire; he surrendered about five hours later.
    • An Atlasjet plane crashed in southwest Turkey, killing all 57 people on board.
    • An Amtrak train and a freight train collided on a track on the South Side of Chicago, injuring dozens of people.
    • Motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel died in Clearwater, Florida, at age 69.
  • Five years ago:
    • Israel approved the construction of 3,000 homes in Jewish settlements on occupied lands, drawing swift condemnation from the Palestinians a day after their successful bid for recognition by the United Nations.
    • Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets in Egypt, denouncing President Mohammed Morsi and a draft constitution that was approved earlier in the day by his Islamist allies.
  • One year ago:
    • Air conditioning company Carrier Corp. said it had reached a deal with President-elect Donald Trump to keep nearly 1,100 jobs in Indiana instead of moving them to Mexico; however, some 600 other jobs were still eliminated by outsourcing.
    • House Democrats re-elected Nancy Pelosi as their leader.
    • A prosecutor cleared a Charlotte, North Carolina, police officer in the killing of a black man whose death touched off civil unrest, saying the officer was justified in opening fire on Keith Scott.
  • Birthdays:
    • G. Gordon Liddy is 87.
    • Country singer-recording executive Jimmy Bowen is 80.
    • Movie director Ridley Scott is 80.
    • Movie writer-director Terrence Malick is 74.
    • Rock musician Roger Glover (Deep Purple) is 72.
    • Playwright David Mamet is 70.
    • Actor Mandy Patinkin is 65.
    • Musician Shuggie Otis is 64.
    • Country singer Jeannie Kendall is 63.
    • Singer Billy Idol is 62.
    • Historian Michael Beschloss is 62.
    • Rock musician John Ashton (The Psychedelic Furs) is 60.
    • Comedian Colin Mochrie is 60.
    • Former football and baseball player Bo Jackson is 55.
    • Rapper Jalil (Whodini) is 54.
    • Actor-director Ben Stiller is 52.
    • Rock musician Mike Stone is 48.
    • Actress Sandra Oh is 47.
    • Music producer Steve Aoki is 40.
    • Singer Clay Aiken is 39.
    • Actor Billy Lush is 36.
    • Actress Elisha Cuthbert is 35.
    • Actress Kaley Cuoco is 32.
    • Model Chrissy Teigen is 32.
    • Actress Christel Khalil is 30.
    • Actress Rebecca Rittenhouse is 29.
    • Actress Adelaide Clemens is 28.
  • Thought for the day:
    • “Whenever you find that you are on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.” — Mark Twain (1835-1910).
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