Saturday, November 29
Today is Saturday, November 29, the 333rd day of 2014. There are 32 days left in the year.
Highlights in history on this date:
1580 - Sir Francis Drake returns to England from circumnavigating the globe.
1798 - Ferdinand IV of Naples declares war on France and enters Rome.
1880 - First Japanese Diet convenes.
1890 - The first U.S. Army-Navy football game is played, with Navy defeating Army 24-0 at West Point, New York.
1918 - Nicholas, King of Montenegro, is deposed, and the kingdom is united with Serbia.
1922 - Archeologists announce they have found fabulous treasures in the tomb of Tutankhamen in Egypt.
1929 - U.S. Navy Lieutenant Richard E. Byrd radios that he has made the first airplane flight over the South Pole.
1945 - Communist state is proclaimed in Yugoslavia, and monarchy is abolished.
1947 - United Nations announces plan to partition Palestine into Jewish and Arab entities, with Jerusalem under United Nations control.
1952 - U.S. President-elect Dwight D. Eisenhower keeps his campaign promise to visit Korea to assess the ongoing conflict.
1958 - Eleven more people are sentenced to death for their part in Nigerian political riots in March bringing the number up to 48.
1961 - Enos the chimp is launched from Cape Canaveral aboard the Mercury-Atlas 5 spacecraft, which orbits Earth twice before returning.
1963 - U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson names a commission headed by Earl Warren to investigate the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
1964 - Several hundred thousand people demonstrate in Beijing against United States involvement in the Congo, calling it aggression.
1973 - More than 100 people perish in a department store fire in Kumamoto, Japan.
1976 - Following refusal by Palestinian guerrillas to surrender their weapons, Syria attempts to disarm the former combatants in the Lebanese civil war to avoid a possible military confrontation with Israel on the southern border.
1982 - The U.N. General Assembly demands Soviet forces withdraw from Afghanistan and allow Afghans to determine their own form of government. This is the fourth time in three years the Assembly has called for a withdrawal.
1987 - A Korean Air jet with 115 people on board disappears over Myanmar. A North Korean agent is arrested in Bahrain and confesses to planting a bomb on her government’s orders to disrupt the 1988 Seoul Olympics.
1989 - Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci flees to Hungary. In response to a growing pro-democracy movement in Czechoslovakia, the Communist-run parliament ends the party’s 40-year monopoly on power.
1990 - U.N. Security Council adopts resolution allowing use of “whatever means necessary” to dislodge Iraq from Kuwait if Iraqi forces are not withdrawn and all foreign hostages released by Jan. 15.
1991 - Red Cross says clan battles in Somalia’s capital of Mogadishu have killed more than 1,000 people.
1992 - A refugee center in western Germany is firebombed as violence against foreigners continues despite a police crackdown on neo-Nazis.
1993 - Israeli troops capture the commander of the military wing of Yasser Arafat’s PLO faction after Palestinian militants go on a shooting spree.
1994 - The U.S. House of Representatives approves the GATT trade agreement.
1995 - Carrying banners and signs, thousands of Serbs protest the unification of Sarajevo.
1996 - The Yugoslav War Crimes Tribunal in the Hague, Netherlands, passes its first sentence, giving a 25-year-old Croat soldier Drazen Erdemovic a 10-year prison sentence for his role in the massacre of 1,200 Muslims in Bosnia.
1997 - France passes a nationality law that allows citizenship for children born in France of foreign parents.
1998 - Israeli Cabinet members call for military strikes on Beirut’s power and water supplies in retaliation for the killings of Israeli soldiers by Islamic guerrillas in south Lebanon.
1999 - Northern Ireland’s rival parties form a Protestant-Catholic government that requires bitter enemies to share power for the first time in history.
2000 - The general manager of a Greek shipping company leaps to his death two months after a ferry owned by his company smashed into rocks in the Aegean Sea, killing 80 passengers.
2001 - Representatives of the diamond industry and more than 30 governments agree to certify all legitimate shipments of rough diamonds in an unprecedented effort to weed out the trade in gems that has been used to fund civil wars in Africa.
2002 - A Russian soldier under the influence of narcotics opens fire on fellow servicemen, killing at least eight of them and wounding three others — the latest in a string of shooting sprees in the nation’s demoralized military.
2003 - Britain grants refugee status to Akhmed Zakayev, a representative of the separatist government-in-exile from the Chechnya region in Russia. Britain ruled against extradition, citing the likelihood that Zakayev would be tortured by Russian authorities if he was returned.
2004 - China moves to expand its influence in a region long dominated by the United States, signing an accord with Southeast Asian nations aimed at creating the world’s largest free trade area by 2010 — a sprawling market of nearly 2 billion people.
2005 - Israeli elder statesman Shimon Peres hints he will leave the Labor Party, his political home of 60 years, to join forces with Ariel Sharon.
2006 - Officials find traces of radiation on two British Airways jets, and the airline appeals to tens of thousands of passengers who flew to Moscow or other cities to come forward — a twist in the inquiry into the poisoning death of a former Russian spy.
2007 - Three men arrested in Slovakia for allegedly trying to sell contraband uranium for $1 million. The material, believed to have originated in the former Soviet Union, was highly dangerous and could have been used in a radiological “dirty bomb” or other terrorist weapon.
2008 - Thousands of Roman Catholic faithful and President Raul Castro gather for the beatification of Friar Jose Olallo Valdes, a monk known as the “father of the poor” — the first ceremony of its kind on Cuban soil.
2009 - Iran approves plans to build 10 industrial scale uranium enrichment facilities, a dramatic expansion of the program in defiance of U.N. demands it halt enrichment and a move that is likely to significantly heighten tensions with the West.
2010 - Iran’s president accuses Israel and the West of being behind a pair of daring bomb attacks that killed one nuclear scientist and wounded another in their cars on the streets of Tehran. He also admits for the first time that a computer worm had affected centrifuges in Iran’s uranium enrichment program.
2011 — Iranian protesters storm British diplomatic compounds, hauling down the Union Jack, torching an embassy vehicle and pelting buildings with petrol bombs in what began as an apparent state-approved show of anger over the latest Western sanctions to punish Tehran for defiance over its nuclear program.
2012 — Jubilant Palestinians crowd around outdoor screens and television sets at home to watch the United Nations vote on granting them, at least formally, what they have long yearned for — a state of their own.
2013 — The U.N. refugee agency says more than two million Syrians have fled their country’s civil war, now in its third year, seeking shelter in neighboring countries and at least half of them are children.
Giovanni Bellini, Italian artist (1426-1516); Gaetano Donizetti, Italian opera composer (1797-1848); Christian Doppler, Austrian physicist (1803-1853); Louisa May Alcott, U.S. writer (1832-1888); Kim Delaney, U.S. actress (1961--); Joel Coen, U.S. director (1954--); Don Cheadle, U.S. actor (1964--).
Thought For Today:
A conference is a meeting to decide where the next meeting will take place — Anonymous.