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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Today in History

1782
The British sign a preliminary agreement in Paris, recognizing American independence.
1838
Mexico declares war on France.
1861
The British Parliament sends to Queen Victoria an ultimatum for the United States, demanding the release of two Confederate diplomats who were seized on the British ship Trent.
1864
The Union wins the Battle of Franklin, Tennessee.
1900
The French government denounces British actions in South Africa, declaring sympathy for the Boers.
1900
Oscar Wilde dies in a Paris hotel room after saying of the room’s wallpaper: “One of us had to go.”
1906
President Theodore Roosevelt publicly denounces segregation of Japanese schoolchildren in San Francisco.
1919
Women cast votes for the first time in French legislative elections.
1935
Non-belief in Nazism is proclaimed grounds for divorce in Germany.
1945
Russian forces take Danzig in Poland and invade Austria.
1948
The Soviet Union complete the division of Berlin, installing the government in the Soviet sector.
1950
President Harry Truman declares that the United States will use the A-bomb to get peace in Korea.
1956
The United States offers emergency oil to Europe to counter the Arab ban.
1961
The Soviet Union vetoes a UN seat for Kuwait, pleasing Iraq.
1974
India and Pakistan decide to end a 10-year trade ban.
1974
Pioneer II sends photos back to NASA as it nears Jupiter.
1979
Pope John Paul II becomes the first pope in 1,000 years to attend an Orthodox mass.
1981
Representatives of the US and USSR meet in Geneva, Switzerland, to begin negotiations on reducing the number of intermediate-range nuclear weapons in Europe.
1982
Thriller, Michael Jackson’s second solo album, released; the album, produced by Quincy Jones, became the best-selling album in history.
1993
US President Bill Clinton signs the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act (better known as the Brady Bill) into law.
1994
MS Achille Lauro, a ship with long history of problems including a 1985 terrorist hijacking, catches fire off the coast of Somalia.
1995
Operation Desert Storm officially comes to an end.
1998
Exxon and Mobil oil companies agree to a $73.7 billion merge, creating the world’s largest company, Exxon-Mobil.
2004
On the game show Jeopardy! contestant Ken Jennings loses after 74 consecutive victories. It is the longest winning streak in game-show history, earning him a total of over $3 million.
2005
John Sentamu becomes Archbishop of York, making him the Church of England’s first black archbishop.

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