Today in History - November 28th

  • 1520 - On this day in history, Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan reached the Pacific Ocean after passing through the South American strait. The strait was named after him. He was the first European to sail the Pacific from the east. 
  • 1757 - English poet, painter and engraver William Blake was born.
  • 1775 - Today in history, the second Continental Congress formally established the US Navy.
  • 1814 - The Times in London is printed for the first time by automatic, steam-powered presses built by the German inventors Friedrich Koenig and Andreas Friedrich Bauer, signaling the beginning of the availability of newspapers to a mass audience.
  • 1843 - On this day in history, Hawaiian Independence Day: The Kingdom of Hawaii was officially recognized by the United Kingdom and France as an independent nation.
  • 1922 - Capt. Cyril Turner of the Royal Air Force gave the first public exhibition of skywriting.
  • 1932 - Today in history, Groucho Marx performed on radio for 1st time
  • 1963 - President Johnson announced that Cape Canaveral would be renamed Cape Kennedy in honor of his assassinated predecessor. The name was changed back to Cape Canaveral in 1973 by a vote of residents. 
  • 1988 -  On this day in history, Picasso's "Acrobat & Harlequin" sold for $38.46 million
  • 1995 - President Clinton signed a $6 billion road bill that ended the federal 55 mph speed limit. 
  • 2010 - Today in history, WikiLeaks released to the public more than 250,000 U.S. diplomatic cables. About 100,000 were marked "secret" or "confidential." 

MUSIC HISTORY - Today in History, November 28th

  • 1944 - The MGM movie musical "Meet Me in St. Louis," starring Judy Garland, opened in New York. 
  • 1963 - On this day in history, the first million copy record prior to the release of "I Want to Hold Your Hand" happened.
  • 1963 - The Beatles "She Loves You" returns to #1 on the United Kingdom's record chart.
  • 1964 - Today in history, Willie Nelson made his debut on the Grand Ole Opry. 
  • 1970 - George Harrison's "My Sweet Lord" was released. 
  • 1970 - On this day in history, Elton John's "Your Song" was released. 
  • 1974 - Elton John and John Lennon sang a duet of "I Saw Her Standing There" at Madison Square Garden in New York. The show was John Lennon's last stage appearance. 
  • 1984 - Today in history, Prince's "I Would Die 4 U" became the fourth single from the album "Purple Rain."
  • 2000 - About nine million people watched a Madonna concert over the Internet. The 29-minute, six-song event was performed at London's Brixton Academy in front of about 2,800 people and set a record for such events.

FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS - November 28th

  • William Blake 1757 
  • Anna Nicole Smith 1967