Today is Saturday, Nov. 29, the 333rd day of 2014. There are 32 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History:
On Nov. 29, 1964, the U.S. Roman Catholic Church instituted sweeping changes in the liturgy, including the partial use of English instead of Latin.
On this date:
In 1314, King Philip IV of France died; he was succeeded by his eldest son, Louis X.
In 1530, Cardinal Thomas Wolsey (WOOL’-zee), onetime adviser to England’s King Henry VIII, died.
In 1864, a Colorado militia killed at least 150 peaceful Cheyenne Indians in the Sand Creek Massacre.
In 1924, Italian composer Giacomo Puccini died in Brussels before he could complete his opera “Turandot.” (It was finished by Franco Alfano.)
In 1947, the U.N. General Assembly passed a resolution calling for the partitioning of Palestine between Arabs and Jews.
In 1952, President-elect Dwight D. Eisenhower secretly left on a trip to Korea, keeping his campaign promise to assess the ongoing conflict first-hand.
In 1961, Enos the chimp was launched from Cape Canaveral aboard the Mercury-Atlas 5 spacecraft, which orbited earth twice before returning.
In 1972, the coin-operated video arcade game Pong, created by Atari, made its debut at Andy Capp’s Tavern in Sunnyvale, California.
In 1981, actress Natalie Wood drowned in a boating accident off Santa Catalina Island, California, at age 43.
In 1986, actor Cary Grant died in Davenport, Iowa, at age 82.
In 1989, in response to a growing pro-democracy movement in Czechoslovakia, the Communist-run Parliament ended the party’s 40-year monopoly on power.
In 2001, George Harrison, the “quiet Beatle,” died in Los Angeles following a battle with cancer; he was 58.
Ten years ago: President George W. Bush picked Carlos Gutierrez, the chief executive officer of cereal giant Kellogg Co., to be commerce secretary. The U.S. Supreme Court rejected a challenge to a gay-marriage law in Massachusetts. An Army helicopter crashed near Waco, Texas, killing Brig. Gen. Charles B. Allen and six other soldiers. John Drew Barrymore, the sometimes troubled heir to an acting dynasty and absent father of actress Drew Barrymore, died in Los Angeles at age 72.
Five years ago: A gunman shot and killed four Lakewood, Washington, police officers at a coffee shop (suspect Maurice Clemmons was shot to death by a Seattle police officer two days later). Iran approved plans to build 10 industrial scale uranium enrichment facilities in defiance of U.N. demands it halt enrichment. Swiss voters approved a constitutional ban on construction of new minarets, the iconic mosque towers. Tiger Woods canceled yet another meeting with Florida state troopers but, for the first time, talked about his car crash on his website, saying it was his fault, that his wife, Elin, had acted courageously and that remaining details were private. Francesco and Edoardo Molinari of Italy became the first brother combination to win the World Cup of Golf.
One year ago: A police helicopter crashed onto a pub in Glasgow, Scotland, killing 10 people. A single-engine plane crashed in remote southwest Alaska, killing four people and injuring six.
Today’s Birthdays: Hall-of-Fame sportscaster Vin Scully is 87. Former French President Jacques Chirac is 82. Blues singer-musician John Mayall is 81. Actress Diane Ladd is 79. Songwriter Mark James (“Always on My Mind” ”Suspicious Minds”) is 74. Composer-musician Chuck Mangione is 74. Country singer Jody Miller is 73. Pop singer-musician Felix Cavaliere (The Rascals) is 72. Former Olympic skier Suzy Chaffee is 68. Comedian Garry Shandling is 65. Actor Jeff Fahey is 62. Movie director Joel Coen is 60. Actor-comedian-celebrity judge Howie Mandel is 59. Former Homeland Security Director Janet Napolitano is 57. The mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, is 55. Actress Cathy Moriarty is 54. Actress Kim Delaney is 53. Actor Tom Sizemore is 53. Actor Andrew McCarthy is 52. Actor Don Cheadle is 50. Actor-producer Neill Barry is 49. Musician Wallis Buchanan is 49. Pop singer Jonathan Knight (New Kids on the Block) is 46. Rock musician Martin Carr (Boo Radleys) is 46. Actress Jennifer Elise Cox is 45. Actor Larry Joe Campbell is 44. Rock musician Frank Delgado (Deftones) is 44. Actress Paola Turbay is 44. Actress Gena Lee Nolin is 43. Actor Brian Baumgartner is 42. Actress Anna Faris is 38. Actor Julian Ovenden is 38. Gospel singer James Fortune is 37. Actress Lauren German (TV: “Chicago Fire”) is 36. Rapper The Game is 35. Actress Janina Gavankar (TV: “The Mysteries of Laura”) is 34. Rock musician Ringo Garza is 33. Actor/comedian John Milhiser is 33. Actor Lucas Black is 32.
Thought for Today:
“Toleration is good for all, or it is good for none.”
– Edmund Burke, British statesman (1729-1797)
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