November 28 Today In History

Today’s Important Historical Events

  • 1520 Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan begins crossing the Pacific Ocean
  • 1814 The Times of London first printed by automatic, steam powered presses built by German inventors Friedrich Koenig and Andreas Friedrich Bauer – makes newspapers available to a mass audience

Today’s Historical Events

  • 587 Treaty of Andelot: King Guntram of Burgundy names cousin Childebert II as heir
  • 1291 Eleanor of Castile, wife of King Edward I of England, dies in Northamptonshire. Crosses are erected where her body rests on the way to London.
  • 1443 Albanian George Kastriotis Skanderbeg and his forces liberate Kruja in Middle Albania from the Ottomans and raise the Albanian flag.
  • 1520 Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan begins crossing the Pacific Ocean
  • 1569 Duke of Alva forces bishop Nicolaas van Nieuwland of Haarlem to resign
  • 1660 The Royal Society is formed at Gresham College, London, after a lecture by Christopher Wren, Gresham Professor of Astronomy
  • 1670 Pierre Corneille’s “Tite et Berenice” premieres in Paris
  • 1717 Blackbeard attacks and captures a French merchant slave ship, which he renames as his flagship the “Queen Anne’s Revenge”

Today’s Historical Events in Film and TV

  • 1907 In Haverhill, Massachusetts, scrap-metal dealer Louis B. Mayer opens his first movie theater
  • 1932 Groucho Marx performs on radio for the first time
  • 1954 KCKT (now KSNC) TV channel 2 in Great Bend, KS (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • 1955 KMVI (now WMAU) TV channel 12 in Wailuku, HI (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1955 KTHV TV channel 11 in Little Rock, AR (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1957 “Look Homeward, Angel” play based on the book by Thomas Wolfe adapted by Ketti Frings and starring Anthony Perkins premieres in NYC
  • 1958 KCOO (now KABY) TV channel 9 in Aberdeen, SD (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1959 KOMC (now KSNK) TV channel 8 in McCook – Oberlin, NB (NBC) begins

Today’s Historical Music Events

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  • 1901 Gustav Mahler’s 4th Symphony in G premieres
  • 1909 Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3, one of the genres most difficult, premieres at the New Theatre in New York City, with the composer as soloist and the New York Symphony Society conducted by Walter Damrosch
  • 1925 Grand Ole Opry premieres as WSM Barn Dance on WSM radio Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1927 J McHugh & D Fields’ musical “Delmar’s Revels” premieres in NYC
  • 1930 Howard Hanson‘s 2nd Symphony “Romantic” premieres
  • 1949 “Texas, Li’l Darlin'” opens at Mark Hellinger NYC for 293 performances
  • 1953 “Wish You Were Here” closes at Imperial Theater NYC after 597 performances
  • 1963 The Beatles “She Loves You” unusually, returns to #1 in UK record chart and reaches 1 million copies sold

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

  • 1895 America’s 1st auto race organised by the “Chicago Times-Herald” – Chicago to Evanston and back; 6 cars, 55 miles, Frank Duryea wins averaging 7 MPH
  • 1906 Canadian Tommy Burns retains his world heavyweight boxing title after being pushed to a 20-round draw by “Philadelphia” Jack O’Brien in Los Angeles, California
  • 1914 Australasian Championships Men’s Tennis, Melbourne: All-Australian final; Arthur O’Hara Wood beats Gerald Patterson 6-4, 6-3, 5-7, 6-1
  • 1925 NHL goalie Georges Vezina collapses & dies 4 months later of TB
  • 1929 Chicago fullback Ernie Nevers sets NFL record for most points scored in a single game with all 40 in the Cardinals’ 40–6 rout of Chicago Bears; Nevers has NFL record 6 touchdowns and 4 extra points
  • 1931 Australian cricket master batsman Don Bradman scores 226 in his first Test appearance v South Africa in 1st Test in Brisbane
  • 1938 4th Heisman Trophy Award: Davey O’Brien, Texas Christian (QB)
  • 1944 Detroit Tigers pitcher Hal Newhouser is named AL MVP