This is Thursday, Nov. 28, the 332nd day of 2019 with 33 to follow.

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This is Thanksgiving Day in the United States.

The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Mars, Mercury, Neptune and Uranus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Neptune, Saturn, Uranus and Venus.

Those born on this date are under the sign of Sagittarius. They include English poet William Blake in 1757; architect Henry Bacon, designer of the Lincoln Memorial, in 1866; Motown Records founder/Rock and Roll Hall of fame member Berry Gordy in 1929 (age 90); Oscar winner/Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer/composer Randy Newman in 1943 (age 76); bandleader Paul Shaffer in 1949 (age 70); actor Ed Harris in 1950 (age 69); actor S. Epatha Merkerson in 1952 (age 67); actor Judd Nelson in 1959 (age 60); fashion designer John Galliano in 1960 (age 59); movie director Alfonso Cuaron in 1961 (age 58); comedian/TV host Jon Stewart in 1962 (age 57); model Anna Nicole Smith in 1967; rapper/actor Trey Songz, born Tremaine Neverson, in 1984 (age 35); actor Mary Elizabeth Winstead in 1984 (age 35); actor Alan Ritchson in 1984 (age 35); actor Karen Gillan in 1987 (age 32); actor Joe Cole in 1988 (age 31); actor Bryshere Gray in 1993 (age 26).

 

On this date in history:

In 1520, Ferdinand Magellan entered the Pacific Ocean on his way around the world. He was the first European to sail the Pacific from the east.

In 1919, Virginia-born Nancy Astor became the first woman member of the British Parliament.

In 1925, "The Grand Ole Opry," the famed country music show, made its radio debut.

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In 1942, a fire at the Cocoanut Grove nightclub in Boston killed 492 people. Most victims suffocated or were trampled to death.

In 1958, the United States fired an intercontinental ballistic missile at full range for the first time.

In 1958, in odd news, a London man stole a police officer's bicycle after going to the police station to report his own bike stolen.

In 1989, Czechoslovakian Premier Ladislav Adamec agreed to a coalition government. The next day, the Czech Parliament revoked the Communist Party's monopoly.

In 1990, British treasury chief John Major was elected Conservative Party leader, succeeding Margaret Thatcher as prime minister.

In 1993, Carlos Roberto Reina was elected president of Honduras.

In 1994, serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer was beaten to death by another prisoner at the Columbia Correctional Center in Portage, Wis.

In 2004, a gas explosion in a central China mine killed more than 160 people. About 123 miners escaped.

In 2005, at least 150 miners were killed in a northeast China coal mine explosion. Seventy-one were reported missing.

In 2006, leftist candidate Rafael Correa was declared winner of the Ecuadorian presidential election.

In 2007, a U.S. airstrike in eastern Afghanistan killed 22 Afghan civilian road-construction workers. The men, working on a U.S. military contract, died as they slept in tents in a remote mountainous area.

In 2008, at least 400 people were killed and hundreds more injured in clashes in Nigeria between Muslims and Christians over local elections.

In 2010, reaction around the world was swift and mostly negative to a new batch of more than 200,000 confidential U.S. diplomatic documents published on the WikiLeaks whistle-blower website. U.S. officials denounced the release, which included many items classified as secret, and branded them a threat to global security.

In 2012, seven expatriate Egyptians, all Coptic Christians who were involved in making an anti-Islam film, Innocence of Muslims, were sentenced to death in absentia by the Cairo Criminal Court.

In 2016, LaMia Flight 2933 crashed in Colombia, killing 71 of the 77 people on board. The aircraft was carrying Brazil's Chapecoense soccer team, coaching staff and journalists. Investigators said the Avro RJ85 ran out of fuel and blamed the pilots for failing to take appropriate measures.

In 2017, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta was sworn in for a second term after winning an election marked by controversy, violence and low voter turnout.

A thought for the day: "I married beneath me. All women do." -- American-British politician Nancy Astor