The Columbus Dispatch
Today is Tuesday, Nov. 30, the 334th day of 2021. There are 31 days left in the year.
On this date 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 September 1783.
1803: Spain completed the process of ceding Louisiana to France, which had sold it to the United States.
1835: Samuel Langhorne Clemens – better known as Mark Twain – was born in Florida, Missouri.
1874: British statesman Sir Winston Churchill was born at Blenheim Palace.
1900: Irish writer Oscar Wilde died in Paris at age 46.
1965: “Unsafe at Any Speed” by Ralph Nader, a book highly critical of the U.S. auto industry, was first released in hardcover by Grossman Publishers.
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.
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.
2010: The Obama administration announced that all 197 airlines that flew to the U.S. had begun collecting names, genders and birth dates of passengers so the government could check them against terror watch lists before they boarded flights.
2013: 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.
2018: Former President George H.W. Bush, a World War II hero who rose through the political ranks to the nation’s highest office, died at his Houston home at the age of 94; his wife of more than 70 years, Barbara Bush, had died in April.
Country singer-record company executive Jimmy Bowen is 84. Director Ridley Scott is 84. Writer-director Terrence Malick (“The Thin Red Line”) is 78. Bassist Roger Glover of Deep Purple is 76. Singer-actor Mandy Patinkin is 69. Guitarist Shuggie Otis is 68. Country singer Jeannie Kendall of The Kendalls is 67. Singer Billy Idol is 66. Guitarist John Ashton of Psychedelic Furs is 64. Comedian Colin Mochrie
(“Whose Line Is It Anyway?”) is 64. Rapper Jalil
of Whodini is 58. Actordirector Ben Stiller is 56. DJ Steve Aoki is 44. Singer Clay Aiken
(“American Idol”) is 43. Actor Elisha Cuthbert (“24”) is 39. Actor Kaley Cuoco (“The Big Bang Theory”) is 36. Model Chrissy Teigen is 36. Actor Christel Khalil (“The Young and the Restless”) is 34. Actor Rebecca Rittenhouse (“The Mindy Project”) is 33. Actor Adelaide Clemens (“Rectify”) is 32.