Today in History: November 30

Today in History: November 30

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1782

The British sign a preliminary agreement in Paris, recognizing American independence.

1838

Mexico declares war on France.

1861

The British Parliament sends to Queen Victoria an ultimatum for the United States, demanding the release of two Confederate diplomats who were seized on the British ship Trent.

1864

The Union wins the Battle of Franklin, Tennessee.

1900

Oscar Wilde dies in a Paris hotel room after saying of the room's wallpaper: "One of us had to go."

1900

The French government denounces British actions in South Africa, declaring sympathy for the Boers.

1906

President Theodore Roosevelt publicly denounces segregation of Japanese schoolchildren in San Francisco.

1919

Women cast votes for the first time in French legislative elections.

1935

Non-belief in Nazism is proclaimed grounds for divorce in Germany.

1945

Russian forces take Danzig in Poland and invade Austria.

1948

The Soviet Union complete the division of Berlin, installing the government in the Soviet sector.

1950

President Truman declares that the United States will use the A-bomb to get peace in Korea.

1956

The United States offers emergency oil to Europe to counter the Arab ban.

1961

The Soviet Union vetoes a UN seat for Kuwait, pleasing Iraq.

1974

Pioneer II sends photos back to NASA as it nears Jupiter.

1974

India and Pakistan decide to end a 10-year trade ban.

1979

Pope John Paul II becomes the first pope in 1,000 years to attend an Orthodox mass.

1981

Representatives of the US and USSR meet in Geneva, Switzerland, to begin negotiations on reducing the number of intermediate-range nuclear weapons in Europe.

1982

Thriller, Michael Jackson's second solo album, released; the album, produced by Quincy Jones, became the best-selling album in history.

1993

US President Bill Clinton signs the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act (better known as the Brady Bill) into law.

1994

MS Achille Lauro, a ship with long history of problems including a 1985 terrorist hijacking, catches fire off the coast of Somalia.

1995

Operation Desert Storm officially comes to an end.

1998

Exxon and Mobil oil companies agree to a $73.7 billion merge, creating the world's largest company, Exxon-Mobil.

2004

On the game show Jeopardy! contestant Ken Jennings loses after 74 consecutive victories. It is the longest winning streak in game-show history, earning him a total of over $3 million.

2005

John Sentamu becomes Archbishop of York, making him the Church of England's first black archbishop.