Published: 10:02 pm, Sat. November 28th, 2015
Today in History
Today is Sunday, Nov. 29, the 333rd day of 2015. There are 32 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlights in History:
On Nov. 29, 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.
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 1924, Italian composer Giacomo Puccini died in Brussels before he could complete his opera “Turandot.” (It was finished by Franco Alfano.)
In 1945, the monarchy was abolished in Yugoslavia and a republic proclaimed.
In 1947, the U.N. General Assembly passed a resolution calling for the partitioning of Palestine between Arabs and Jews.
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 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 1990, the U.N. Security Council voted to authorize military action to free Kuwait if Iraq did not withdraw its occupying troops and release all foreign hostages by Jan. 15, 1991.
In 2001, George Harrison, the “quiet Beatle,” died in Los Angeles following a battle with cancer; he was 58.
Ten years ago: Al-Jazeera broadcast video of four Western peace activists taken hostage in Iraq by a previously unknown group, the Swords of Righteousness Brigade. (Three of the hostages were later released, but one of them, American Tom Fox, was killed.) The Vatican issued a document defending a policy designed to keep men with “deep-seated” homosexual tendencies from becoming priests, but said there would be no crackdown on gays who were already ordained. Actress Wendie Jo Sperber died in Sherman Oaks, California, at age 47.
Five years ago: An Afghan border policeman killed six American servicemen during a training mission in a remote area near the Pakistani border. Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (ah-muh-DEE’-neh-zhahd), admitted for the first time that a computer worm had affected centrifuges in Iran’s uranium enrichment program. Climate negotiators began a two-week conference in Cancun. Former Rep. Stephen J. Solarz, D-N.Y., died in Washington, D.C. at age 70.
One year ago: An Egyptian judge dismissed murder charges against former President Hosni Mubarak 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.
Today’s Birthdays: Hall-of-Fame sportscaster Vin Scully is 88. Former French President Jacques Chirac is 83. Blues singer-musician John Mayall is 82. Actress Diane Ladd is 80. Songwriter Mark James (“Always on My Mind”; “Suspicious Minds”) is 75. Composer-musician Chuck Mangione is 75. Country singer Jody Miller is 74. Pop singer-musician Felix Cavaliere (The Rascals) is 73. Former Olympic skier Suzy Chaffee is 69. Comedian Garry Shandling is 66. Actor Jeff Fahey is 63. Movie director Joel Coen is 61. Actor-comedian-celebrity judge Howie Mandel is 60. Former Homeland Security Director Janet Napolitano is 58. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is 56. Actress Cathy Moriarty is 55. Actress Kim Delaney is 54. Actor Tom Sizemore is 54. Actor Andrew McCarthy is 53. Actor Don Cheadle is 51. Actor-producer Neill Barry is 50. Musician Wallis Buchanan is 50. Pop singer Jonathan Knight (New Kids on the Block) is 47. Rock musician Martin Carr (Boo Radleys) is 47. Actress Jennifer Elise Cox is 46. Actor Larry Joe Campbell is 45. Rock musician Frank Delgado (Deftones) is 45. Actress Paola Turbay is 45. Contemporary Christian singer Crowder is 44. Actress Gena Lee Nolin is 44. Actor Brian Baumgartner is 43. Actress Anna Faris is 39. Actor Julian Ovenden is 39. Gospel singer James Fortune is 38. Actress Lauren German is 37. Rapper The Game is 36. Actress Janina Gavankar is 35. Rock musician Ringo Garza is 34. Actor/comedian John Milhiser is 34. Actor Lucas Black is 33.
Thought for Today: “When you’ve seen beyond yourself, then you may find, peace of mind is waiting there.” — George Harrison (1943-2001).