Today in History — Nov. 28, 2017

Published Nov 28, 2017 at 4:00pm

Today is Tuesday, Nov. 28, the 332nd day of 2017.

There are 33 days left in the year.

Today in History

On Nov. 28, 1942, fire engulfed the Cocoanut Grove nightclub in Boston, killing 492 people in the deadliest nightclub blaze ever. (The cause of the rapidly-spreading fire, which began in the basement, is in dispute; one theory is that a busboy accidentally ignited an artificial palm tree while using a lighted match to fix a light bulb.)

On this date:

In 1520, Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan reached the Pacific Ocean after passing through the South American strait that now bears his name.

In 1861, the Confederate Congress admitted Missouri as the 12th state of the Confederacy after Missouri’s disputed secession from the Union.

In 1905, Sinn Fein (shin fayn) was founded in Dublin.

In 1912, Albania proclaimed its independence from the Ottoman Empire.

In 1943, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin began conferring in Tehran during World War II.

In 1958, Chad, Gabon and Middle Congo became autonomous republics within the French community.

In 1964, the United States launched the space probe Mariner 4 on a course toward Mars, which it flew past in July 1965, sending back pictures of the red planet.

In 1967, actress-model Anna Nicole Smith was born Vickie Lynn Hogan in Houston.

In 1979, an Air New Zealand DC-10 en route to the South Pole crashed into a mountain in Antarctica, killing all 257 people aboard.

In 1987, a South African Airways Boeing 747 crashed into the Indian Ocean with the loss of all 159 people aboard.

In 1990, Margaret Thatcher resigned as British prime minister during an audience with Queen Elizabeth II, who then conferred the premiership on John Major.

Today’s Birthdays

Recording executive Berry Gordy Jr. is 88. Former Sen. Gary Hart, D-Colo., is 81. U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross is 80. Singer-songwriter Bruce Channel is 77. Singer Randy Newman is 74. CBS News correspondent Susan Spencer is 71. Movie director Joe Dante is 70. Former “Late Show” orchestra leader Paul Shaffer is 68. Actor Ed Harris is 67. Former NASA astronaut Barbara Morgan is 66. Actress S. Epatha (eh-PAY’-thah) Merkerson is 65. Former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff is 64. Hip-hop musician apl.de.ap (Black Eyed Peas) is 43. Actor Malcolm Goodwin is 42. Actor Ryan Kwanten is 41. Actress Aimee Garcia is 39. Rapper Chamillionaire is 38. Actor Daniel Henney is 38. Rock musician Rostam Batmanglij (bot-man-GLEESH’) is 34. Rock singer-keyboardist Tyler Glenn (Neon Trees) is 34. Actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead is 33.

Thought for Today

“Journalism is literature in a hurry.” — Matthew Arnold, English poet and critic (1822-1888).