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On this day in history - November 28

What Happened On This Day – November 28

  • 1991 South Ossetia declares independence

    The disputed region of the country of Georgia calls itself the Republic of South Ossetia. The declaration of independence was not recognized by Georgia and was followed by the South Ossetia War. Only a few countries, including Russia and Venezuela, recognize it as a sovereign country.

  • 1975 East Timor independence

    East Timor declared its independence from Portugal

  • 1967 First pulsar observed

    Graduate student Jocelyn Bell and her advisor Antony Hewish at Cambridge University were the first people to observe and discover pulsars. Pulsars are rapidly spinning neutron magnetized stars that emit radiation.

  • 1964 NASA launches Mariner 4

    The first spacecraft to make a flyby of Mars, the spacecraft was the first one to send images of a planet back to Earth.

  • 1943 Tehran Conference begins

    The Tehran Conference between the US, the UK and the Soviet Union began at the Soviet Embassy in Tehran. The conference dealt with the Axis powers in Europe and Asia and made plans to open up a second front against the Germans in France during WW II.

Illustration of stork, signifying birth

Births On This Day,
November 28

  • 1962 Jon Stewart

    American comedian, actor, television host

  • 1820 Friedrich Engels

    German philosopher

  • 1628 John Bunyan

    English preacher, author

  • 1489 Margaret Tudor

    English wife of James IV of Scotland

  • 1118 Manuel I Komnenos

    Byzantine Emperor

Illustration of tombstone, signifying death

Deaths On This Day,
November 28

  • 2010 Leslie Nielsen

    Canadian/American actor

  • 1968 Enid Blyton

    English author

  • 1954 Enrico Fermi

    Italian physicist, Nobel Prize laureate

  • 1859 Washington Irving

    American historian, author

  • 1680 Gian Lorenzo Bernini

    Italian sculptor, painter