This Day in History - November 28

November 28

1118 – Byzantine Emperor Manuel I Komnenos is born

1489 – English wife of James IV of Scotland, Margaret Tudor, is born

1520 – Spanish explorer Ferdinand Magellan enters the Pacific

1582 – An 18-year old William Shakespeare marries 26-year old Anne Hathaway in Stratford-upon-Avon

1628 – English preacher and writer, John Bunyan is born

1680 – Italian sculptor and painter, Gian Lorenzo Bernini dies

1729 – Natchez Indians massacre French settlers and soldiers at Fort Rosalie, Louisiana, killing roughly 300

1757 – English poet, William Blake is born

1777 – Congress appoints John Adams to succeed Silas Deane as commissioner to France

1820 – German philosopher, Friedrich Engels is born

1859 – American author and historian, Washington Irving dies

1861 – The Confederate Congress admits Missouri to the Confederacy, although Missouri has not yet seceded from the Union

1862 – Union troops under General John Blunt drive Confederates under General John Marmaduke back into the Boston Mountains in northwestern Arkansas during the Battle of Cane Hill

1868 – Mount Etna in Sicily erupts

1872 – The Modoc War begins in northern California when fighting occurs between Modoc Chief Captain Jack and Captain James Jackson

1895 – Frank Duryea wins the first US horseless-carriage race

1899 – The British defeat the Boers at Modder River

1907 – Italian novelist, Alberto Moravia is born

1908 – French anthropologist, Claude Levi-Strauss is born

1914 – The New York Stock Exchange reopens for bond trading after World War I had forced it to close four months earlier

1916 – French-Canadian author, Yves Theriault is born

1919 – American-born Lady Nancy Astor is elected the first woman ever in Parliament

1925 – The WSM Barn Dance opens in Nashville, Tennessee and the Grand Ole Opry begins broadcasting

1929 – Recording executive, Berry Gordy, Jr. is born

1935 – The German Reich declare all men ages 18-45 as army reservists

1937 – Spanish leader Francisco Franco blockades the Spanish coast

1939 – The Soviet Union goes back on its nonaggression pact with Finland

1941 – USS Enterprise, an aircraft carrier, departs from Pearl Harbor to deliver F4F Wildcat fighters to Wake Island, which will ultimately save the carrier from destruction when the Japanese attack

1943 – Sir Winston Churchill, Joseph Stalin, and Franklin D. Roosevelt meet at Tehran, Iran to discuss war goals

1944 – The first shipment of supplies reach Antwerp by convoy

1944 – Novelist, Rita Mae Brown is born

1948 – Dr. Edwin Land’s first Polaroid cameras go on sale in Boston

1950 – 200,000 Communist troops launch attacks on UN forces in Korea

1954 – Nobel Prize-winning physicist Enrico Fermi, the first man to create and control a nuclear chain reaction and one of the Manhattan Project scientists, dies

1961 – Ernie Davis becomes the first black to win the Heisman Trophy

1962 – Satirist, writer, director, author, comedian and television host, Jon Stewart is born

1963 – Cape Canaveral is renamed Cape Kennedy

1964 – President Lyndon Johnson is advised to escalate bombing in North Vietnam

1965 – President Elect Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines states that he will send troops to South Vietnam in response to President Johnson’s call for “more flags” in Vietnam

1968 – English author Enid Blyton dies

1971 – The Anglican Church ordains the first two women priests

1975 – East Timor declares independence from Portugal

1979 – A New Zealander sightseeing plane traveling over Antarctica crashes in the worst airplane accident in New Zealand’s history, killing all 257 aboard

1980 – Operation Morvarid takes place in the Iran-Iraq War, and the Iranian Navy destroys over 70% of the Iraqi Navy

1984 – Republican Bob Dole is elected Senate Majority Leader

1987 – An absolute media circus evolves when Tawana Brawley is found covered in feces, with racial slurs written on her body and wrapped in garbage bags outside the Pavilion Condominiums in Wappingers Falls, New York. Brawley told authorities that she had been kidnapped and held against her will and gang-raped by a group of white men, one of which had a police badge. Controversial attorney C. Vernon Mason, Alton Maddox, and Al Sharpton rushed in to declare their support for Brawley, claiming there was a cover-up taking place. When it began to become apparent that many parts of Brawley’s story weren’t holding up, her team began making wild allegations, claiming Assistant District Attorney Stephen Pagones had participated in the alleged rape and that Special Prosecutor Robert Abrams was masturbating to the evidentiary photos. While the evidence pointed to the fact that Brawley most likely wrote the racial slurs on herself, and that most, if not all of her story was a lie, Brawley and her family refused to cooperate with the investigation, all the while accepting financial donations. Eventually, attorneys Mason and Maddox faced disciplinary proceedings for their conduct and Pagones filed and won a libel suit against Mason, Maddox, and Sharpton

1989 – Communist Party of Czechoslovakia announces it will give up its monopoly on political power

1991 – South Ossetia declares independence from Georgia

1994 – Convicted serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, serving 15 consecutive life sentences for the murders of 15 men, is beaten to death by a fellow inmate at the Columbia Correctional Institute in Wisconsin

2002 – Suicide bombers blow up an Israeli-owned hotel in Mombasa, Kenya

2010 – Canadian and American, actor Leslie Nielsen dies

Written by Crystal McCann

Crystal is the Chief Operating Officer of Lanterns Media Network and the owner of Madisons Media. She lives in Texas with her husband and dogs and is the proud mother of two adult children.

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