HIGH­LIGHTS IN HIS­TORY

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To­day’s high­light:

On Nov. 30, 1874, British states­man Sir Win­ston Churchill was born at Blen­heim Palace.

On this date:

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.

1939: The Win­ter War be­gan as So­viet troops in­vaded Fin­land. The con­flict ended the fol­low­ing March with a

So­viet vic­tory.

1960: The last DeSoto was built by Chrysler, which had de­cided to re­tire the brand after 32 years.

1981: The United States and the So­viet Union opened ne­go­ti­a­tions in Geneva aimed at re­duc­ing nu­clear weapons in Europe. 1982: The Michael Jack­son al­bum “Thriller” was re­leased by Epic Records. The mo­tion pic­ture “Gandhi,” star­ring Ben Kings­ley as the In­dian na­tion­al­ist leader, had its world pre­miere in New Delhi.

1988: Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and Co. was de­clared the win­ner of the cor­po­rate free-for-all to take over RJR Nabisco Inc. with a bid of $24.53 bil­lion.

1993: Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton signed the Brady Bill, which re­quired a five-day wait­ing pe­riod for hand­gun pur­chases and back­ground checks of prospec­tive buy­ers. 2000: Al Gore’s lawyers bat­tled for his po­lit­i­cal sur­vival in the Flor­ida and U.S. Supreme Courts; mean­while, GOP law­mak­ers in Tal­la­has­see moved to award the pres­i­dency to Ge­orge W. Bush in case the courts did not by ap­point­ing their own slate of elec­tors. 2004: “Jeop­ardy!” fans saw Ken Jen­nings end his 74-game win­ning streak as he lost to real es­tate agent Nancy Zerg.

Ten years ago: Space shut­tle En­deav­our re­turned to Earth after a nearly 16-day mis­sion to re­pair and up­grade the in­ter­na­tional space sta­tion. The world’s most com­pre­hen­sive le­gal­ized heroin pro­gram be­came per­ma­nent with over­whelm­ing ap­proval from Swiss vot­ers who si­mul­ta­ne­ously re­jected the de­crim­i­nal­iza­tion of mar­i­juana.

Five years ago: Paul Walker, 40, the star of the “Fast & Fu­ri­ous” movie se­ries, died with his friend Roger W. Ro­das, who was at the wheel of a Porsche sports car that crashed and burned north of Los An­ge­les. Paul Crouch, 79, an Amer­i­can tel­e­van­ge­list who’d built what has been called the world’s largest Chris­tian broad­cast­ing net­work, died in Orange, Cal­i­for­nia.

One year ago: House Mi­nor­ity Leader Nancy Pelosi called on vet­eran Demo­cratic con­gress­man John Cony­ers to re­sign in the face of mul­ti­ple ac­cu­sa­tions of sex­ual mis­con­duct. Cony­ers re­signed five days later. A jury found a Mex­i­can man not guilty in the killing of a woman on a San Fran­cisco pier, a shoot­ing that touched off a fierce na­tional im­mi­gra­tion de­bate.

Jose Ines Gar­cia Zarate, who had been de­ported five times, did not deny shoot­ing Kate Steinle but said it was an ac­ci­dent. He was found guilty of be­ing a felon in pos­ses­sion of a firearm. Rap­per DMX plead guilty to tax fraud, ad­mit­ting he con­cealed mil­lions of dol­lars in rev­enue to dodge $1.7 mil­lion in taxes. The rap­per was sen­tenced in March to a year in prison. Ac­tor Jim Nabors, best known as TV’s “Gomer Pyle,” died at the age of 87.

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