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Today in History
Today in History: Monday, November  30, 2015
AP Highlight in History:
On Nov. 30, 1874, British statesman Winston Churchill was born at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire.
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On this date in:
1782The United States and Britain signed preliminary peace articles in Paris, ending the Revolutionary War.
1804Supreme Court Justice Samuel Chase went on trial, accused of political bias. (He was acquitted by the Senate.)
1835Author Mark Twain was born Samuel Langhorne Clemens in Florida, Mo.
1929Producer and "American Bandstand" host Dick Clark was born in Mount Vernon, N.Y.
1962U Thant of Burma was elected secretary-general of the United Nations, succeeding the late Dag Hammarskjold.
1966The former British colony of Barbados became independent.
1979The album "The Wall" by Pink Floyd was released.
1982Michael Jackson's "Thriller," the best-selling album of all time, was released by Epic Records.
1993President Bill Clinton signed into law the Brady bill, which requires a five-day waiting period for handgun purchases and background checks of prospective buyers.
AP Photo Marcy Nighswander
1993Authorities in California arrested Richard Allen Davis, who confessed to abducting and killing 12 year-old Polly Klaas of Petaluma.
1995President Bill Clinton became the first U.S. chief executive to visit Northern Ireland.
1999The opening of a 135-nation trade gathering in Seattle was disrupted by at least 40,000 demonstrators, some of whom clashed with police.
AP Photo/Peter Dejong
2004Ken Jennings' streak of 74 wins on the TV game show "Jeopardy!" came to an end.
2010Pentagon leaders called for scrapping the 17-year-old "don't ask, don't tell" ban after releasing a survey about the prospect of openly gay troops.
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Actress Kaley Cuoco ("The Big Bang Theory") turns 30 years old today.
AP Photo/Dan Steinberg
Robert GuillaumeActor ("Benson")88
G. Gordon LiddyRadio talk show host85
Ridley ScottDirector ("Gladiator," "Black Hawk Down")78
Terrence MalickWriter, director72
David MametPlaywright68
Mandy PatinkinActor, singer63
Lawrence SummersFormer Treasury secretary, Harvard president61
Richard BurrU.S. senator, R-N.C.60
Billy IdolRock singer60
Colin MochrieComedian ("Who's Line Is It Anyway?")58
Margaret SpellingsFormer secretary of education58
Bo JacksonPro athlete53
Sandra OhActress ("Grey's Anatomy")45
Clay AikenSinger ("American Idol")37
Elisha CuthbertActress ("24")33
Actor-director Ben Stiller turns 50 years old today.
AP Photo/Joel Ryan