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On November 28th, 1520, Portuguese navigator
Ferdinand Magellan reached the Pacific Ocean
after passing through the South American strait
that now bears his name.
On this date:
In 1919, American-born Lady Astor was elected the
first female member of the British Parliament.
In 1925, the Grand
Ole Opry, Nashville's famed home of country
music, made its radio debut on station WSM.
In 1942, nearly
500 people died in a fire that destroyed the
Cocoanut Grove nightclub in Boston.
In 1943, President
Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston
Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin
met in Tehran during World War Two.
In 1958, the
African nation of Chad became an autonomous
republic within the French community.
In 1964, the
United States launched the space probe
"Mariner Four" on a course to Mars.
In 1975, President
Ford nominated Federal Judge John Paul Stevens to
the US Supreme Court seat vacated by William O.
In 1979, an Air
New Zealand DC-10 en route to the South Pole
crashed into a mountain in Antarctica, killing
all 257 people aboard.
In 1987, a South
African Airways Boeing 747 crashed into the
Indian Ocean with the loss of all 159 people
In 1990, Margaret
Thatcher resigned as prime minister of Britain
during an audience with Queen Elizabeth the
Second, who conferred the premiership on John
Ten years ago:
Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci arrived in New
York after escaping her homeland by way of
Five years ago:
Serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer was murdered in a
Wisconsin prison by a fellow inmate. Norwegian
voters rejected European Union membership.
Sixties war protester Jerry Rubin died in Los
Angeles, two weeks after being hit by a car; he
One year ago: Some
Republicans expressed disappointment and outrage
over President Clinton's written responses to 81
questions from the House Judiciary Committee
concerning the Monica Lewinsky affair, with one
accusing the president of "word games."
"No man can be a
patriot on an empty stomach."
William Cowper, English poet (1731-1800).