Today's Highlight in History:
On November 28th, 1520, Portuguese navigator
Ferdinand Magellan reached the Pacific Ocean
after passing through the South American strait
that now bears his name.
On this date:
In 1919, American-born Lady Astor was elected the first
female member of the British Parliament.
In 1925, the Grand Ole Opry, Nashville's famed
home of country music, made its radio debut on station WSM.
In 1942, nearly 500 people died in a fire
that destroyed the Cocoanut Grove nightclub in Boston.
In 1943, President Roosevelt, British Prime Minister
Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin
met in Tehran during World War Two.
In 1958, the African nation of Chad became
an autonomous republic within the French community.
In 1964, the United States launched
the space probe 'Mariner Four' on a course to Mars.
In 1975, President Ford nominated
Federal Judge John Paul Stevens to
the US Supreme Court seat vacated
by William O. Douglas.
In 1979, an Air New Zealand DC-10 en route to
the South Pole crashed into a mountain
in Antarctica, killing all 257 people aboard.
In 1987, a South African Airways
Boeing 747 crashed into the Indian Ocean
with the loss of all 159 people aboard.
In 1990, Margaret Thatcher resigned as
prime minister of Britain during an audience
with Queen Elizabeth the Second, who conferred
the premiership on John Major.
Ten years ago: Romanian gymnast Nadia
Comaneci arrived in New York after escaping
her homeland by way of Hungary.
Five years ago: Serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer
was murdered in a Wisconsin prison
by a fellow inmate. Norwegian voters rejected
European Union membership.
Sixties war protester Jerry Rubin
died in Los Angeles, two weeks
after being hit by a car; he was 56.
One year ago: Some Republicans expressed
disappointment and outrage over
President Clinton's written responses to
81 questions from the House Judiciary
Committee concerning the Monica Lewinsky affair,
with one accusing the president of 'word games.'