Today in History - November 30th

  • 1782 - Today in history, the United States and Britain signed preliminary peace articles in Paris, ending the Revolutionary War.
  • 1803 - Spain completed the process of ceding Louisiana to France. 
  • 1835 - On this day in history, Samuel Langhorne Clemens was born. He wrote "Tom Sawyer" and "Huckleberry Finn" under the name Mark Twain. 
  • 1886 - The Folies Bergère staged its first revue.
  • 1897 - Today in history, Thomas Edison's own motion picture projector had its first commercial exhibition.
  • 1938 - Germany banned Jews being lawyers.
  • 1989 - On this day in history, PLO leader Yasser Arafat was refused a visa to enter the US in order to address the U.N. General Assembly in New York City. 
  • 1993 - Bill Clinton signed into law the Brady Bill. The bill required a five-day waiting period for handgun purchases and background checks of prospective buyers. 
  • 1998 - Today in history, Deutsche Bank announced a $10 billion USD deal to buy Bankers Trust, thus creating the largest financial institution in the world.
  • 2001 - For the first time in its history, McDonald's teamed up with a retail partner on its Happy Meal promotions. Toys R Us provided plush figures from its Animal Alley. 

SCIENCE, INVENTIONS, PATENTS - Today in History, November 30th

  • 1875 - On this day in history, A.J. Ehrichson patented the oat-crushing machine. 
  • 1900 - A German engineer patented front-wheel drive for automobiles.
  • 1924 - Today in history, the first photo facsimile was transmitted across Atlantic by radio (London-NYC)
  • 1956 - CBS replayed the program "Douglas Edward and the News" three hours after it was received on the West Coast. It was the world's first broadcast via videotape. 

MUSIC HISTORY - Today in History, November 30th

  • 1968 - On this day in history, Sly & The Family Stone's "Everyday People" was released. 
  • 1970 - George Harrison released his triple album set "All Things Must Pass"
  • 1988 - Today in history, LL Cool J performed the first rap concert held in Africa.
  • 1994 - Tupac Shakur was shot five times during a robbery outside a New York City recording studio. He survived the shooting, but was killed two years later in Las Vegas.
  • 1994 - On this day in history, The Beatles' first album in 25 years, "Live at BBC," was released in Britain
  • 2003 - In New York, a block of East 2nd Street was officially renamed Joey Ramone Place.

SPORTS - Today in History, November 30th

  • 1952 - Today in history, Jackie Robinson charged NY Yankees with racism.

FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS - November 30th

  • Jonathan Swift 1666
  • Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens) 1835 
  • Winston Churchill (Britain) 1874
  • Efren Zimbalist, Jr. 1918 
  • Virginia Mayo 1920
  • Dick Clark 1929
  • Abbie Hoffman 1936
  • Billy Idol 1955
  • Ben Stiller 1965