Today in History: November 28

Today in History: November 28

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1520

Spanish explorer Ferdinand Magellan, having discovered a strait at the tip of South America, enters the Pacific.

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.

1899

The British are victorious over the Boers at Modder River.

1919

Lady Astor is elected the first woman in Parliament.

1925

The forerunner of the Grand Ole Opry, called the WSM Barn Dance, opens in Nashville, Tennessee.

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.

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.

1961

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

East Timor declares independence from Portugal.

1980

Operation Morvarid (Iran-Iraq War); Iranian Navy destroys over 70% of Iraqi Navy.

1984

Republican Robert Dole is elected Senate majority leader.

1989

Communist Party of Czechoslovakia announces it will give up its monopoly on political power.

1991

South Ossetia declares independence from Georgia.

2002

Suicide bombers blow up an Israeli-owned hotel in Mombasa, Kenya.