Next CLBR Wed Nov. 28 (Day in History)

A noteworthy day that includes Washington crossing the Delaware, one of the worst fires in American history and birthdays for American icons Berry Gordy, Gary Hart and Jon Stewart.

1520

Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan reached the Pacific Ocean after passing through the South American strait that now bears his name.

1776

George Washington crosses the Delaware River and  launched his surprise attack on Trenton with a risky mid-winter crossing and nine-mile march to Trenton. The victory, followed by two more within 10 days, would prove pivotal in cementing Washington as a respected leader and ultimately helped turn the tides of the Revolutionary War.

1893

Women vote in a national election for the first time: the New Zealand general election

1895

America’s 1st auto race starts; 6 cars, 55 miles, winner avg 7 MPH

1919

US-born Lady Astor elected 1st female member of British Parliament.

1925

Grand Ole Opry premieres as WSM Barn Dance on WSM radio Nashville

1942

Cocoanut Grove fire in Boston kills 492.

The Cocoanut Grove was Boston’s premier nightclub during the post-Prohibition 1930s and 1940s. On November 28, 1942, this club was the scene of the deadliest nightclub fire in US history, killing 492 people (which was 32 more than the building’s authorized capacity) and injuring hundreds more. It was also the second-worst single-building fire in American history; only the 1903 Iroquois Theatre fire in Chicago had a higher death toll, of 602.

The enormity of the tragedy shocked the nation and briefly replaced the events of World War IIin newspaper headlines. In both fires, most of those who lost their lives would have survived had the existing safety codes been fully enforced. The tragedy led to a reform of safety standards and codes across the country, and major changes in the treatment and rehabilitation of burn victims.

1961

Ernie Davis becomes first black Heisman Trophy winner.

1985

Ahmad Rashād on-air proposal to Phylicia Ayers-Allen.

1990

Margaret Thatcher resigns amid pressure as John Major takes over the Conservative Party and becomes Prime Minister.

1994

Former Yippie leader killed doing something really radical – jaywalking on Wilshire Blvd in Los Angeles.

2001

Enron Corp., once the world’s largest energy trader, collapsed after would-be rescuer Dynegy Inc. backed out of an $8.4 billion deal to take it over.

2010

Wikileaks releases 250,000 classified documents and sensitive national security information sent by U.S. embassies; the U.S. condemns the unauthorized disclosure.

2011

Protesters storm the national Parliament in Kuwait; Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Mohammed Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah and his cabinet, resign

Birthdays

83 

Berry Gordy – Motown Founder

76

Senator Gary Hart

71

Laura Antonelli – Italian film star

70

Paul Warfield – Football Hall of Famer

69

Randy Newman

63

Paul Shaffer – Band Leader 

62

Ed Harris – Actor

53

Judd Nelson – Actor

51

Alfonso Cuaron – Director

50

Jon Stewart – Daily Show Host

45 (if)

Anna Nicole Smith – model

41

Karin Taylor – Model, Design Artist

34

Aimee Garcia – Actress