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Calendar for November 28th, 2014

1520s

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

  • 1750s

  • Born 1757: William Blake (poet)

  • 1820s

  • Born 1820: Friedrich Engels (philosopher)

  • 1850s

  • Died 1859: Washington Irving (writer)

  • 1860s

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

  • Born 1866: Henry Bacon (architect)

  • 1880s

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

  • 1890s

  • 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

  • 1900s

  • Born 1907: Alberto Moravia (writer)

  • 1920s

  • 1925: Grand Ole Opry made its radio debut

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

  • 1930s

  • Born 1936: Gary Hart (politician)

  • Died 1939: James Naismith (invented game of basketball)

  • 1940s

  • Born 1942: Paul Warfield (football player)

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

  • 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)

  • 1950s

  • Born 1958: Dave Righetti (baseball player)

  • Born 1959: Judd Nelson (actor)

  • 1960s

  • Born 1962: Jon Stewart (actor)

  • 1970s

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

  • 1980s

  • Born 1984: Mary Elizabeth Winstead (actress)

  • Born 1988: Scarlett N. Pomers (actress)

  • 1990s

  • Died 1993: Garry Moore (comedian)

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

  • 2010s

  • Died 2010: Leslie Nielsen (actor)

  • 2012: Penumbral eclipse of the Moon


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