The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY) - - Your Daily Break -

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).

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