Thursday, November 29, 2007

Today in History....November 29

* 1830, the November Uprising begins with an armed rebellion against Russia's rule in Poland

* 1847, the Cayuse War starts after missionaries Dr. Marcus Whitman, his wife Narcissa, and 15 others are killed by Cayuse and Umatilla Indians

* 1850, the Punctation of Olmütz is signed in Olomouc showing diplomatic capitulation of Prussia to Austrian Empire, which took over the leadership of German Confederation

* 1877, Thomas Edison demonstrates his phonograph for the first time

* 1890, at West Point, New York, the United States Naval Academy defeats the United States Military Academy 24-0 in the first Army-Navy football game

* 1910, the first US patent for inventing the traffic lights system was issued to Ernest Sirrine

* 1922, Howard Carter opened the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun to the public

* 1943, the second session of AVNOJ, the Anti-fascist council of national liberation of Yugoslavia, is held in Jajce, Bosnia and Herzegovina, determining the post-war ordering of the country

* 1944, the first surgery (on a human) to correct blue baby syndrome performed by Alfred Blalock and Vivien Thomas

* 1945, the Federal People's Republic of Yugoslavia declared

* 1947, the U.N. General Assembly passed a resolution calling for the partitioning of the British-mandated territory of Palestine between Arabs and Jews --- "Arabs", as they hadn't discovered they were "Palestinians" yet. Jews living in the Holy Land were also "Palestinians"

* 1950, during the Korean War: North Korean and Chinese troops force United Nations forces to retreat from North Korea

* 1952 during the Korean War: U.S. President-elect Dwight D. Eisenhower fulfills a campaign promise by traveling to Korea to find out what can be done to end the conflict

* 1961, Enos, a chimpanzee, launched into space (the spacecraft orbited the Earth twice and splashed-down off the coast of Puerto Rico)

* 1963, U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson establishes the Warren Commission to investigate the assassination of President John F. Kennedy

* 1967, during the Vietnam War: U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara announces his resignation

* 1972, Nolan Bushnell (co-founder of Atari) released Pong (the first commercially successful video game) in Andy Capp's Tavern in Sunnyvale, Calif.

* 1975, the name "Micro-soft" (for "microcomputer software") is first used in a letter from Bill Gates to Paul Allen

* 1982, during the Soviet war in Afghanistan: The United Nations General Assembly passes United Nations Resolution 37/37, stating that Soviet Union forces should withdraw from Afghanistan

* 1990, during the Gulf War: The United Nations Security Council passes United Nations Security Council Resolution 678, authorizing "use all necessary means to uphold and implement" United Nations Security Council Resolution 660 "to restore international peace and security" if Iraq did not withdraw its forces from Kuwait and free all foreign hostages by January 15, 1991

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