THURSDAY IN HISTORY
Today is Thursday, Nov. 30, the 334th day of 2017. There are 31 days left in the year.
Highlight in History:
On Nov. 30, 1835, Samuel Langhorne Clemens — better known as Mark Twain — was born in Florida, Missouri.
On this date:
In 1016, Edmund II, King of the English, died after a reign of seven months.
In 1782, the United States and Britain signed preliminary peace articles in Paris for ending the Revolutionary War; the Treaty of Paris was signed in Sept. 1783.
In 1803, Spain completed the process of ceding Louisiana to France, which had sold it to the United States.
In 1939, the Winter War began as Soviet troops invaded Finland. (The conflict ended the following March with a Soviet victory.)
In 1954, Ann Elizabeth Hodges of Oak Grove, Alabama, was slightly injured when an 8-1/2-pound chunk of meteor crashed through the roof of her house, hit a radio cabinet, then struck her as she lay napping on a couch.
In 1966, the former British colony of Barbados became independent.
In 1993, President Bill Clinton signed the Brady Bill, which required a five-day waiting period for handgun purchases and background checks of prospective buyers.
Ten years ago: Aman took hostages at a Hillary Clinton campaign office in Rochester, New Hampshire; he surrendered about five hours later.
Five years ago: Israel approved the construction of 3,000 homes in Jewish settlements on occupied lands, drawing swift condemnation from the Palestinians a day after their successful bid for recognition by the United Nations.
One year ago: Air conditioning company Carrier Corp. said it had reached a deal with President-elect Donald Trump to keep nearly 1,100 jobs in Indiana instead of moving them to Mexico; however, some 600 other jobs were still eliminated by outsourcing.
Today’s Birthdays: Movie director Ridley Scott is 80. Movie writer-director Terrence Malick is 74. Country singer Jeannie Kendall is 63. Singer Billy Idol is 62. Comedian Colin Mochrie is 60. Former football and baseball player Bo Jackson is 55. Actor-director Ben Stiller is 52. Actress SandraOh is 47. Singer Clay Aiken is 39. Actress Kaley Cuoco is 32. Model Chrissy Teigen is 32.
Thought for Today: “Whenever you find that you are on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.” — Mark Twain (1835-1910).