Today in History: November 29
Highlights in history on this date:
1580: Sir Francis Drake returns to England from circumnavigating the globe.
1798: Ferdinand IV of Naples declares war on France and enters Rome.
1865: First gas lighting in Brisbane.
1918: Nicholas, King of Montenegro, is deposed, and the kingdom is united with Serbia.
1922: Archaeologists announce they have found fabulous treasures in the tomb of Tutankhamen in Egypt.
1929: US Navy Lieutenant Richard E Byrd radios that he has made the first aircraft flight over South Pole.
1961: Enos the chimpanzee is launched from Cape Canaveral aboard the Mercury-Atlas 5 spacecraft, which orbits Earth twice before returning.
1963: US President Lyndon Johnson names a commission headed by Earl Warren to investigate the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
1981: US actor Natalie Wood drowns after a yacht party, later ruled to be an accident.
1986: Death of British-born film star Cary Grant.
1987: A Korean Air jet with 115 people on-board disappears over Myanmar, with a North Korean agent later admitting she planted a bomb on her government's orders to disrupt the 1988 Seoul Olympics.
1990: Australian Treasurer Paul Keating announces Australia is in recession with his famous quote "it's the recession that Australia had to have".
1992: A refugee centre in western Germany is firebombed as violence against foreigners continues despite a police crackdown on neo-Nazis.
1995: Carrying banners and signs, thousands of Serbs protest the unification of Sarajevo.
1999: Northern Ireland's rival parties form a Protestant-Catholic government that requires bitter enemies to share power for the first time in history.
2005: In the first major ruling of Pope Benedict's reign, the Vatican imposes restrictions on homosexuals entering the Catholic priesthood.
2006: A Black Hawk helicopter crashes while trying to land on HMAS Kanimbla during exercises preparing for evacuation from Fiji, killing army pilot Captain Mark Bingley and SAS trooper Joshua Porter.
2009: Iran approves plans to build 10 industrial-scale uranium enrichment facilities, a dramatic expansion of the program in defiance of UN demands.
2010: The controversial WiKiLeaks website, founded by Australian Julian Assange, releases 1442 previously secret classified US government documents that mention Australia.
2012: Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard takes the first legislative step towards establishing a National Disability Insurance Scheme.
2013: The UN refugee agency says more than two million Syrians - at least half of them children - have fled their country's civil war.
2015: Andy Murray delivers Britain its first Davis Cup title in 79 years by beating Belgium's David Goffin in the first of the reverse singles.
2016: Susan Kiefel is appointed as Australia's first female chief justice of the High Court.
2017: The Senate passes the historic bill to legalise same-sex marriage to the eruption of joyous cheers. But the bill still needs to be approved by the House of Representatives; American TV host Matt Lauer is fired from NBC's Today show after an allegation of sexual misconduct.
2018: A 9000-year-old stone mask from the Neolithic era used in the worship of ancestors is discovered in a field near a West Banks settlement.
Giovanni Bellini, Italian artist (1426-1516); Christian Doppler, Austrian physicist (1803-1853); Louisa May Alcott, US author (1832-1888); Jacques Chirac, French politician (1932-2019); Janet Holmes a Court, Australian businesswoman (1943); Brian Cadd, Australian singer-songwriter (1946); Jackie French, Australian children's author (1953); Steve Rogers, Australian rugby league player (1954-2006); Don Cheadle, US actor (1964); Ryan Giggs, Welsh footballer (1973); Chadwick Boseman, US actor (1977), Abby Bishop, Australian professional basketballer (1988).
THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
"A conference is a meeting to decide where the next meeting will take place." - Anonymous