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Calendar for November 28th, 2012

1520: Ferdinand Magellan, traveling west from Spain, discovered what is now the Strait of Magellan, leading to the Pacific Ocean

Born 1757: William Blake (poet)

Born 1820: Friedrich Engels (philosopher)

Died 1859: Washington Irving (writer)

Born 1865: James Connolly (first champion of modern Olympics)

Born 1866: Henry Bacon (architect)

1885: Banff Hot Springs Reserve (later renamed Banff National Park) established

1895: First recorded automobile race in America. Six cars left Chicago's Jackson Park for a 54 mile race to Evanston, Illinois and back through the snow

Born 1907: Alberto Moravia (writer)

1925: Grand Ole Opry made its radio debut

Born 1929: Berry Gordy, Jr. (founder of Motown Records)

Born 1936: Gary Hart (politician)

Died 1939: James Naismith (invented game of basketball)

1942: In Boston, Massachusetts, a fire in the Cocoanut Grove night club killed 492 people

Born 1942: Paul Warfield (football player)

Born 1943: Randy Newman (singer & songwriter)

Died 1945: Dwight Davis (tennis player)

Born 1949: Paul Shaffer (musician & composer)

Born 1949: Alexander Godunov (composer, ballet dancer, & actor)

Born 1958: Dave Righetti (baseball player)

Born 1959: Judd Nelson (actor)

Born 1962: Jon Stewart (actor)

1974: John Lennon made a concert appearance at NYC's Madison Square Garden

Born 1984: Mary Elizabeth Winstead (actress)

Born 1988: Scarlett N. Pomers (actress)

Died 1993: Garry Moore (comedian)

1995: U.S. bill signed allowing states to set their own speed limits

Died 2010: Leslie Nielsen (actor)

2012: Penumbral eclipse of the Moon