Today in History, English
Today in History, English

135543November 30Event1942 – World War II: Battle of Tassafaronga A smaller squadron of Japanese destroyers led by Raizō Tanaka defeats a U.S. cruiser force under Carleton H. Wright.
135544November 30Event1947 – 1947–48 Civil War in Mandatory Palestine begins, leading up to the creation of the state of Israel.
135545November 30Event1953 – Edward Mutesa II, the kabaka (king) of Buganda is deposed and exiled to London by Sir Andrew Cohen, Governor of Uganda.
135546November 30Event1954 – In Sylacauga, Alabama, United States, the Hodges meteorite crashes through a roof and hits a woman taking an afternoon nap. This is the only documented case in the Western Hemisphere of a human being hit by a rock from space.
135547November 30Event1966 – Barbados becomes independent from the United Kingdom.
135548November 30Event1967 – The People's Democratic Republic of Yemen becomes independent from the United Kingdom.
135549November 30Event1967 – The Pakistan Peoples Party is founded by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, who becomes its first chairman.
135550November 30Event1967 – Pro-Soviet communists in the Philippines establish Malayang Pagkakaisa ng Kabataan Pilipino as its new youth wing.
135551November 30Event1971 – Iran seizes the Greater and Lesser Tunbs from the United Arab Emirates.
135552November 30Event1972 – Vietnam War: White House Press Secretary Ron Ziegler tells the press that there will be no more public announcements concerning American troop withdrawals from Vietnam because troop levels are now down to 27,000.
135553November 30Event1981 – Cold War: In Geneva, representatives from the United States and the Soviet Union begin to negotiate intermediate-range nuclear weapon reductions in Europe. (The meetings end inconclusively on December 17.)
135554November 30Event1982 – Michael Jackson's second solo album, Thriller is released worldwide. It will become the best-selling record album in history.
135555November 30Event1989 – Deutsche Bank board member Alfred Herrhausen is killed by a Red Army Faction terrorist bomb.
135556November 30Event1993 – American National Football League awards 30th franchise to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
135557November 30Event1993 – U.S. President Bill Clinton signs the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act (the Brady Bill) into law.
135558November 30Event1994 – MS Achille Lauro catches fire off the coast of Somalia.
135559November 30Event1995 – Official end of Operation Desert Storm.
135560November 30Event1995 – U.S. President Bill Clinton visits Northern Ireland and speaks in favour of the "Northern Ireland peace process" to a huge rally at Belfast City Hall. He calls terrorists "yesterday's men".
135561November 30Event1998 – Exxon and Mobil sign a US$73.7 billion agreement to merge, thus creating ExxonMobil, the world's largest company.
135562November 30Event1999 – In Seattle, United States, demonstrations against a World Trade Organization meeting by anti-globalization protesters catch police unprepared and force the cancellation of opening ceremonies.
135563November 30Event1999 – British Aerospace and Marconi Electronic Systems merge to form BAE Systems, Europe's largest defense contractor and the fourth largest aerospace firm in the world.
135564November 30Event2001 – In Renton, Washington, United States, Gary Ridgway (aka The Green River Killer) is arrested.
135565November 30Event2004 – Longtime Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings of Salt Lake City, finally loses, leaving him with US$2,520,700, television's biggest game show winnings.
135566November 30Event2004 – Lion Air Flight 538 crash lands in Surakarta, Central Java, Indonesia, killing 26.
135567November 30Event2005 – John Sentamu becomes the first black archbishop in the Church of England with his enthronement as the 97th Archbishop of York.
135568November 30Event2012 – An Ilyushin Il-76 cargo plane belonging to Aéro-Service, crashes into houses near Maya-Maya Airport during a thunderstorm, killing at least 32 people.
135569November 30Birth539 – Gregory of Tours, French bishop and saint (d. 594)
135570November 30Birth1340 – John, Duke of Berry (d. 1416)
135541November 30Event1939 – Winter War: Soviet forces cross the Finnish border in several places and bomb Helsinki and several other Finnish cities, starting the war.
135542November 30Event1940 – Lucille Ball marries Desi Arnaz in Greenwich, Connecticut.

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