Today in History: November 29

Today in History: November 29

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1760

Major Roger Rogers takes possession of Detroit on behalf of Britain.

1787

Louis XVI promulgates an edict of tolerance, granting civil status to Protestants.

1812

The last elements of Napoleon Bonaparte's Grand Armee retreats across the Beresina River in Russia.

1863

The Battle of Fort Sanders, Knoxville, Tenn., ends with a Confederate withdrawal.

1864

Colonel John M. Chivington's 3rd Colorado Volunteers massacre Black Kettles' camp of Cheyenne and Arapahoe Indians at Sand Creek, Colo.

1903

An Inquiry into the U.S. Postal Service demonstrates the government has lost millions in fraud.

1923

An international commission headed by American banker Charles Dawes is set up to investigate the German economy.

1929

Commander Richard Byrd makes the first flight over the South Pole.

1931

The Spanish government seizes large estates for land redistribution.

1939

Soviet planes bomb an airfield at Helsinki, Finland.

1948

The popular children's television show, Kukla, Fran and Ollie, premieres.

1948

The Metropolitan Opera is televised for the first time as the season opens with "Othello."

1949

The United States announces it will conduct atomic tests at Eniwetok Atoll in the Pacific.

1961

NASA launches a chimpanzee named Enos into Earth orbit.

1962

Algeria bans the Communist Party.

1963

President Lyndon B. Johnson appoints Chief Justice Earl Warren head of a commission to investigate the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

1967

US Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara announces his resignation.

1972

Atari announces the release of Pong, the first commercially successful video game.

2007

Armed forces of the Philippines besiege The Peninsula Manila in response to a mutiny led by Senator Antonio Trillanes.