Today in history, Nov 28th!

By | November 28, 2012
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Some of the great historical events that happened today in history, on November 28th!

1520 Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan reached the Pacific Ocean after passing through the South American strait that now bears his name. Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan
1729 Natchez Indians massacre most of the 300 French settlers and soldiers at Fort Rosalie, Louisiana.
1861 The Confederate Congress admits Missouri to the Confederacy, although Missouri has not yet seceded from the Union.
1868 Mt. Etna in Sicily violently erupts.
1872 The Modoc War of 1872-73 begins in northern California when fighting breaks out between Modoc Chief Captain Jack and a cavalry detail led by Captain James Jackson.
1895 The first automobile race took place, between Chicago and Waukegan, Ill.
1899 The British are victorious over the Boers at Modder River.
1905 Sinn Fein was founded in Dublin. Sinn Fein November 28, 1905
1919 Lady Astor is elected the first woman in Parliament.
1925 The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville made its debut on radio station WSM.
1935 The German Reich declares all men ages 18 to 45 as army reservists.
1937 Spanish leader Francisco Franco blockades the Spanish coast.
1939 The Soviet Union scraps its nonaggression pact with Finland.
1941 The aircraft carrier USS Enterprise departs from Pearl Harbor to deliver F4F Wildcat fighters to Wake Island. This mission saves the carrier from destruction when the Japanese attack.
1942 Fire destroyed the Cocoanut Grove nightclub in Boston, killing nearly 500 people.

Cocoanut Grove

Cocoanut Grove

1943 Sir Winston Churchill, Joseph Stalin and Franklin D. Roosevelt meet at Tehran, Iran, to hammer out war aims.
1944 The first shipment of supplies reach Antwerp by convoy, a new route for the Allies.
1948 Dr. Edwin Land’s first Polaroid cameras go on sale in Boston.
1950 In Korea, 200,000 Communist troops launch attack on UN forces.
1958 The African nation of Chad became an autonomous republic within the French community.
1961 Ernie Davis becomes the first African American to win the Heisman Trophy. Ernie Davis becomes the first African American to win the Heisman Trophy
1963 Cape Canaveral is renamed Cape Kennedy.
1971 The Anglican Church ordains the first two women as priests.
1975 President Gerald R. Ford nominated federal Judge John Paul Stevens to the U.S. Supreme Court seat vacated by William O. Douglas.
1984 Republican Robert Dole is elected Senate majority leader.
1995 President Bill Clinton signed a bill that ended the federal 55 mph speed limit.
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. Enron Corp
2011 Egyptians voted in the first parliamentary elections since the ouster of Hosni Mubarak; Islamist parties were the big winners.

Today’s historical facts are from various sites including, but not limited too: the History Channel, The New York Times, WHG,, and On This Day blogs from my blogroll.

2 thoughts on “Today in history, Nov 28th!

  1. Jack

    Re: “1895 The first automobile race took place, between Chicago and Waukegan, Ill”
    Who won Chicago or Waukegan?
    Re: “2011 Egyptians voted in the first parliamentary elections…”
    One year later I bet they wish they had a do-over. Next year so will the dhimmis demmos.


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