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Sunday, November 28, 2010

This Day in History

1520: Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan reached the Pacific Ocean after passing through the South American strait that now bears his name.

1895: The first automobile race took place, between Chicago and Waukegan, Ill.

1925: The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville made its debut on radio station WSM.

1942: Fire destroyed the Cocoanut Grove nightclub in Boston, killing nearly 500 people.

1943: President Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin met in Tehran during World War II.

1958: The African nation of Chad became an autonomous republic within the French community.

1975: President Gerald R. Ford nominated federal Judge John Paul Stevens to the U.S. Supreme Court seat vacated by William O. Douglas.

1990: Margaret Thatcher resigned after more than 11 years as prime minister of Britain.

1994: Serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer was killed in a Wisconsin prison by a fellow inmate.

1995: President Bill Clinton signed a bill that ended the federal 55 mph speed limit.

1999: Hsing-Hsing, a giant panda who arrived at the National Zoo in 1972 as a symbol of U.S.-China detente, was euthanized at age 28 because of deteriorating health.

2000: Lawyers for Republican George W. Bush and Democrat Al Gore argued the Florida recount before the U.S. Supreme Court.

2001: Enron Corp., once the world's largest energy trader, collapsed after would-be rescuer Dynegy Inc. backed out of an $8.4 billion deal to take it over.

2008: New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress accidentally shot himself in the right thigh with a gun tucked into his waistband at a New York City nightclub.


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