This Day in History

Posted: Sunday, November 30, 2008

In the nation

• In 1835, Samuel Langhorne Clemens - better known as Mark Twain - was born in Florida, Mo.

• In 1988, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and Co. was declared the winner of the corporate free-for-all to take over RJR Nabisco Inc. with a bid of $24.53 billion.

• In 2003, Nathaniel Jones, a black man, died during a fight with Cincinnati police in a case that heightened racial tensions. Walt Disney Co. vice chairman Roy E. Disney stepped down from the board of directors.

• In 2007, motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel died in Clearwater, Fla., at age 69.

In the world

• In 1782, the United States and Britain signed preliminary peace articles in Paris, ending the Revolutionary War.

• In 1803, Spain completed the process of ceding Louisiana to France, which had sold it to the United States.

• In 1874, British statesman Sir Winston Churchill was born at Blenheim Palace.

• In 1900, Irish writer Oscar Wilde died in Paris at age 46.

• In 1936, London's famed Crystal Palace, constructed for the Great Exhibition of 1851, was destroyed in a fire.

• In 1962, U Thant of Burma, who had been acting secretary-general of the United Nations following the death of Dag Hammarskjold the year before, was elected to a four-year term.

• In 1981, the United States and the Soviet Union opened negotiations in Geneva aimed at reducing nuclear weapons in Europe.


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