TODAY IN HISTORY
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT Nov. 28, 2001
Enron Corp., once the world’s largest energy trader, collapsed after wouldbe rescuer Dynegy Inc. backed out of an $8.4 billion takeover deal. (Enron filed for bankruptcy protection four days later.)
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Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan reached the Pacific Ocean after passing through the South American strait that now bears his name.
Captain Cyril Turner of the Royal Air Force gave the first public skywriting exhibition, spelling out, “Hello USA. Call Vanderbilt 7200” over New York’s Times Square; about 47,000 calls in less than three hours resulted.
Nearly 500 people died in a fire that destroyed the Cocoanut Grove nightclub in Boston.
The U.S. launched the space probe Mariner 4 on a course toward Mars, which it flew past in July 1965, sending back pictures of the red planet.