Today in History: November 28
Highlights in history on this date:
1520: Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan reaches Pacific Ocean from the Atlantic.
1875: First Australian-made champagne-style sparkling wine exhibited in Sydney.
1893: Women vote for the first time anywhere in a national election in New Zealand.
1905: Sinn Fein Party is founded in Dublin, Ireland.
1916: German planes make their first raid on London, which is already subject to Zeppelin bombardments.
1919: Lady Astor is elected first woman member of Britain's parliament.
1932: Dog on Tucker Box unveiled by Prime Minister Joe Lyons near Gundagai, New South Wales.
1942: Almost 500 people perish in a fire that destroys the Coconut Grove nightclub in Boston, Massachusetts.
1943: US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin meet in Tehran during World War II.
1944: Albania is liberated from German occupation.
1948: First GM Holden goes on sale in Australia for 760 pounds.
1958: The African nation of Chad becomes an autonomous republic within the French community.
1967: A Joint Select Committee endorses a 1958 decision for a lakeside site for Parliament House in Canberra.
1971: Jordan's Prime Minister Wasfi Tell is assassinated while attending an Arab conference in Cairo, Egypt.
1975: East Timor declares independence from Portugal.
1980: Haitian police arrest some 200 journalists, politicians, human rights activists, doctors and teachers for alleged communist-inspired agitation and criticising the Government's economic policies.
1987: South African Airways jet plane crashes in the Indian Ocean near Mauritius, killing all 159 people aboard.
1989: Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi resigns after his party's election defeat.
1990: Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew steps down after 31 years in power.
1 991: Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi says he will not surrender two Libyans accused of bombing Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.
1993: Serb gunners lob a mortar shell into central Sarajevo, killing five people and wounding eight others on the eve of new peace talks.
1994: Norwegians reject European Union membership.
1995: Israeli warplanes pound guerrilla bases in Lebanon in retaliation for surprise rocket attacks.
2000: Rescuers in Jakarta struggle to find survivors after devastating floods and landslides on Indonesia's Sumatra island kill more than 100 people.
2001: Enron Corp, the largest US energy-trading concern, collapses after its credit is downgraded to junk-bond status.
2006: South Africa's upper house of parliament passes a bill to legalise gay marriage.
2008: Somali pirates hijack a chemical tanker with dozens of Indian crew members in the Gulf of Aden.
2009: A powerful homemade bomb sends a high-speed Moscow-to-St. Petersburg train careening off its tracks, killing at least 26 people.
2011: The Murray-Darling Basin Authority releases its much-delayed draft management plan, drawing criticism from farmers, irrigators and the Greens.
2014: Thailand's parliament votes to ban commercial surrogacy following outrage over allegations an Australian couple abandoned a baby with Down syndrome.
2016: A Colombian plane runs out of fuel and crashes with a Brazilian soccer team aboard, killing 71 people including all but a few of the Chapocoense team, officials and journalists.
2017: Sydney band Gang of Youths cement their status as one of Australia's leading rock bands by winning Album of the Year, Best Group and Best Rock Album at the ARIAs.
2018: Amy Shark and 5 Seconds of Summer win big at the ARIAs. Shark says it's "insane" that she has picked up Best Pop Release for the second year running.
Nancy Mitford, English journalist and author (1904-1973), Keith Miller, Australian cricket star (1919-2004); Randy Newman, US singer-songwriter (1943); Beeb Birtles, Australian musician (1948); Ed Harris, US actor (1950); John Galliano, British fashion designer (1960); Jon Stewart, US comedian-actor (1962); Anna Nicole Smith, American television personality (1967-2007); Ryan Kwanten, Australian actor (1976); Andrew Bogut, Australian basketball player (1984).
THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
"No man can be a patriot on an empty stomach." - William Cowper, English poet (1731-1800).