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Saturday, November 29, 2008


Today is Saturday, Nov. 29, the 334th day of 2008.
There are 32 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

  • On Nov. 29, 1963, President Johnson named a commission headed by Earl Warren to investigate the assassination of President Kennedy.

On this date:

  • In 1530, Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, onetime adviser to England's King Henry VIII, died.
  • In 1864, a Colorado militia killed at least 150 peaceful Cheyenne Indians in the Sand Creek Massacre.
  • In 1908, New York Congressman Adam Clayton Powell Jr. was born in New Haven, Conn.
  • In 1924, Italian composer Giacomo Puccini died in Brussels, Belgium, before he could complete his opera "Turandot." (It was finished by Franco Alfano.)
  • In 1947, the U.N. General Assembly passed a resolution calling for the partitioning of Palestine between Arabs and Jews.
  • In 1961, Enos the chimp was launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla., aboard the Mercury-Atlas 5 spacecraft, which orbited earth twice before returning.
  • In 1967, Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara announced he was leaving the Johnson administration to become president of the World Bank.
  • In 1981, actress Natalie Wood drowned in a boating accident off Santa Catalina Island, Calif., at age 43.
  • In 1986, actor Cary Grant died in Davenport, Iowa, at age 82.
  • In 2001, George Harrison, the "quiet Beatle," died in Los Angeles following a battle with cancer; he was 58.

Ten years ago:
  • Swiss voters overwhelmingly rejected legalizing heroin and other narcotics.

Five years ago:
  • Gunmen in Iraq ambushed and killed two Japanese diplomats; seven members of Spain's military intelligence agency were killed in Mahmudiyah.
  • Thirty-three people were killed in the crash of a military plane in Congo.

One year ago:
  • A court in Sudan convicted British teacher Gillian Gibbons of insulting Islam for letting her students name a teddy bear "Muhammad" and sentenced her to 15 days in prison. (Gibbons was pardoned after spending more than a week in custody; she then left the country.)
  • Pakistan's president, Pervez Musharraf, embarked on a new, five-year term as a civilian president, a day after ceding the powerful post of army chief.
  • Former Illinois Congressman Henry Hyde died in Chicago at age 83.
  • Former General Motors chief executive Roger B. Smith died in Detroit at age 82.

Today's Birthdays:
  • Hall-of-Fame sportscaster Vin Scully is 81.
  • Blues singer-musician John Mayall is 75.
  • Actress Diane Ladd is 73.
  • Composer-musician Chuck Mangione is 68.
  • Country singer Jody Miller is 67.
  • Pop singer-musician Felix Cavaliere (The Rascals) is 64.
  • Olympic skier Suzy Chaffee is 62.
  • Comedian Garry Shandling is 59.
  • Actor Jeff Fahey is 56.
  • Movie director Joel Coen is 54.
  • Actor-comedian-game show host Howie Mandel is 53.
  • Actress Cathy Moriarty is 48.
  • Actress Kim Delaney is 47.
  • Actor Tom Sizemore is 47.
  • Actor Andrew McCarthy is 46.
  • Actor Don Cheadle is 44.
  • Actor-producer Neill Barry is 43.
  • Musician Wallis Buchanan (Jamiroquai) is 43.
  • Pop singer Jonathan Knight (New Kids on the Block) is 40.
  • Rock musician Martin Carr (Boo Radleys) is 40.
  • Actor Larry Joe Campbell is 38.
  • Rock musician Frank Delgado (Deftones) is 38.
  • Actress Gena Lee Nolin is 37.
  • Actor Brian Baumgartner is 36.
  • Actress Anna Faris is 32.
  • Actor Julian Ovenden is 32.
  • Rapper The Game is 29.
  • Rock musician Ringo Garza is 27.
  • Actor Lucas Black is 26.

Thought for Today:
"Facts are stubborn things, but statistics are more pliable."
Mark Twain (1835-1910).

"Let's all be careful out there!"