….. Thank God men cannot as yet fly and lay waste the sky as well as the earth! …… …
On the 29th November, 1963 – The Beatles released 'I Want to Hold Your Hand', which knocked the other Beatles hit ('She Loves You') off the number one slot giving The Beatles the Number One and Number Two on the UK Charts.
Also on this day:
- 2009 – Swiss voters have supported a referendum to ban the building of minarets there. More than 57% of voters, and 22 out of 26 cantons, voted in favour of the ban. The proposal had been put forward by the Swiss People's Party (the largest party in parliament) which said minarets are a sign of Islamisation..
- 2008 – The terrorist attacks were ended by India's National Security Guards (NSG) on November 29 (in an action that was officially named Operation Black Tornado). This resulted in the death of the last remaining attackers at the Taj hotel. Shortly before 7:30 fierce gunfire and explosions were heard at the hotel. Almost 100 people had been rescued from a second hotel. Six bodies were found at a Jewish centre. India's foreign minister has said that 'elements with links to Pakistan' were involved in the attacks.
- 2007 – The European Parliament had voted to tighten laws on obtaining and possessing firearms. The age at which a firearm can be bought or owned was be raised to 18, unless it is for hunting or target shooting under adult supervision.
- 1983 – A mixed-breed dog was put on trial for barking too much. Effort was made to drop the charges, and to try to keep the dog quiet. Nevertheless, the day of execution came, and the dog’s life was taken.
- 1963 – A Trans-Canada Airlines DC8 crashed into a field, shortly after take off from Montreal's international airport killing all passengers and crew on impact (118), the crash is one of the worst air disasters in Canadian history.
- 1947 – The United Nations voted in favor of partitioning the British controlled Palestine and to allow the creation of an Independent Jewish State of Israel. Arab countries all voted against the creation of Israel and 60 years later the area is still in turmoil.
- 1935 – It was evident by this time that Great Britain had joined France in defense against Italy-given Italy were to attack. This determination included a warning sent by Premier Laval of France to the Italian Ambassador Vittoria Cerruti while he was in Paris. The warning stated that any unprovoked attack on France by Italy would be grounds for oil embargo. This condition was placed on Italy during the same time other agreements and negotiations were being made.
- 1929 – American newspapers announced that Commander Richard Byrd safely flew across the South Pole.
Who was born Today in History?:
- 1338 – Lionel of Antwerp, 1st Duke of Clarence, son of Edward III of England.
- 1427 – Zhengtong, Emperor of China.
- 1761 – Fridolin Weber, composer.
- 1770 – Peter Hansel, composer.
- 1835 – Empress Dowager Cixi, Chinese ruler.
- 1849 – Ambrose Fleming, inventor (diode).
- 1891 – Richard Frank Donovan, composer.
- 1929 – Jackie Stallone, mother of Sylvester Stallone.
- 1952 – Dusty Hare, English rugby player.
- 1954 – Joel Coen, USA, actor/director (Spies Like Us, Barton Fink).
- 1971 – Gena Lee Nolin, actress/model (Baywatch).
- 1973 – Ryan Giggs, Welsh footballer.
- 1979 – Chamillionaire, American rapper.
- 1987 – Stephen O'Halloran, Irish footballer.
Know any more that were born today?, or were you born today?, post a comment below.
Quote of the day:
'Thank God men cannot as yet fly and lay waste the sky as well as the earth!.'
Henry David Thoreau
(1817 – 1862)