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11/28/2020 12:01:00 AM
Today In History - November 28

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Today in History in 1717 Blackbeard attacked a French merchant vessel called "La Concorde", which he would capture and rename as the "Queen Anne's Revenge"; in 1932 Groucho Marx performed on radio for the first time; and in 1939 James Naismith the creator of basketball, died at age 78.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 1340 - Battle of Salado, Spain: last Moorish invasion driven back
  • 1520 - Ferdinand Magellan begins crossing Pacific Ocean
  • 1717 - Blackbeard attacks a French merchant vessel called "La Concorde", which he would capture and rename as the "Queen Anne's Revenge"
  • 1720 - Anne Bonny and Mary Read are tried, found guilty of pirating, and sentenced to death in Spanish Town, Jamaica, although their discovered pregnancies won them stays of execution
  • 1729 - Natchez Indians massacre 138 Frenchmen, 35 French women, and 56 children at Fort Rosalie, near the site of modern-day Natchez, Mississippi.
  • 1814 - The Times of London is for the first time printed by automatic, steam powered presses built by the German inventors Friedrich Koenig and Andreas Friedrich Bauer, signaling the beginning of the availability of newspapers to a mass audience.
  • 1893 - Women vote in a national election for the first time: the New Zealand general election.
  • 1932 - Groucho Marx performed on radio for 1st time
  • 1933 - A Dallas grand jury delivers a murder indictment against Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow for the January 1933 killing of Tarrant County Deputy Malcolm Davis
  • 1948 - "Hopalong Cassidy" premieres on TV
  • 1967 - 1st pulsating radio source (pulsar) detected by postgraduate Jocelyn Burnell and her supervisor Antony Hewish
  • 1990 - Margaret Thatcher resigns as Britain's PM, replaced by John Major

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Famous Birthdays

  • 1489 - Margaret Tudor, wife of James IV of Scotland (d. 1541)
  • 1757 - William Blake, London, poet/painter (Songs of Innocence & Experience), (d. 1827)
  • 1929 - Berry Gordy, Detroit, record company owner (Motown)
  • 1931 - Hope Lange, Redding Ridge Ct, actress (Ghost & Mrs Muir)
  • 1950 - Ed Harris, Tenafly NJ, actor (Right Stuff, Swing Shift, Walker, Coma)
  • 1952 - S Epatha Merkerson, Saginaw MI, actress (Jacob's Ladder, Terminator 2)

Famous Weddings

  • 1582 - Playwright & poet William Shakespeare marries Anne Hathaway
  • 1936 - Paleoanthropologist Raymond Arthur Dart (43) weds librarian Marjorie Gordon Frew
  • 1938 - Chinese politician Mao Zedong (44) weds Jiang Qing (24) in a small private ceremony
  • 1962 - Artist and peace activist Yoko Ono (30) weds film producer Anthony Cox
  • 1986 - NBC's Ahmad Rashad marriage proposal is accepted by Phylicia Ayers-Allen during halftime of Detroit Lions-NY Jets football game
  • 1998 - "The Truman Show" actor Noah Emmerich (33) weds "The West Wing" actress Melissa Fitzgerald (30) in a tent outside Philadelphia's Memorial Hall
  • 1998 - Actor and martial arts expert Chuck Norris (58) weds former model Gena O'Kelley (30) at The North Church in Carrolton, Texas

Famous Deaths

  • 1680 - Giovanni Bernini, Italian sculptor/painter, dies at 81
  • 1785 - William Whipple, merchant/judge/signer (US Declaration of Independence), dies at 55
  • 1859 - Washington Irving, American author (Legend of Sleepy Hollow), dies of a heart attack at 76
  • 1939 - James Naismith, creator of basketball, dies at 78
  • 1954 - Enrico Fermi, Italian/US nuclear physicist (Nobel 1938), dies of stomach cancer at 53
  • 1976 - Rosalind Russell, actress (Mame), dies of cancer at 68
  • 1993 - Garry Moore, TV host (I've Got A Secret), dies of emphysema at 78
  • 2010 - Leslie Nielsen, Canadian actor (b. 1926)

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