On This Day In History, 30 November

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World Events Today

  • The Sylacauga meteorite fell to Earth in Alabama in the United States today in 1954, a fragment indirectly hit Ann Elizabeth Hodges, she survived
  • Barbados, in the West Indies, gained full independence from Great Britain today in 1966
  • John Tucker Mugabi Sentamu, became the first black archbishop in the Church of England today in 2005

Entertainment Events Today

  • The best-selling album of all time, Michael Jackson’s Thriller, which included the tracks Thriller, Beat It and Billie Jean, was released today in 1982
  • Gary Leon Ridgway, also known as the Green River Killer, responsible at least 48 murders over 20 years or so, was finally arrested today in 2001, at his place of work
  • The record winning streak of Jeopardy contestant Ken Jennings, came to an end today in 2004, he ended up with 2,522,700 US Dollars in winnings

Family Events Today

  • Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as the American author Mark Twain, famous for many classics including The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, was born today in 1835 in Florida
  • The British journalist Winston Churchill, who would become Prime Minister during World War 2, was born today in 1899 in Blenheim
  • Robert Craig Knievel, better known as the American stunt performer and entertainer Evel Knievel, died today in 1938 aged 69

Main Event Today

  • The Winter War began today in 1939, the Soviet Union invaded Finland during World War II

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Mousse Day

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