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On this day in history - November 30

What Happened On This Day – November 30

  • 1982 Michael Jackson’s Thriller is released worldwide

    Thought to be the best selling album of all time, the album, which had 9 tracks, won 8 Grammy Awards, including the award for Album of the Year in 1984.

  • 1947 Civil War in Palestine

    Also known as the Civil War in Mandatory Palestine, the conflict began the day after the United Nations General Assembly voted on a resolution that provided a partition plan for Palestine. The war was wracked by violence which began on November 30 after two buses full of Israeli passengers were attacked by Arab gunmen and snipers shot pedestrians in Tel Aviv. On May 14, Israel declared itself an independent state and on May 15, the Civil War turned into a regional war after a coalition of Arab states that included Egypt, Jordan, and Syria, joined the conflict.

  • 1940 Stars of I Love Lucy marry

    Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz of the popular American comedy sitcoms, I Love Lucy and The Lucy and Desi Comedy Show married in real life. They were married for 20 years.

  • 1939 The Winter War begins

    The 4-month long war between Finland and the Soviet Union began after the USSR invaded Finland and bombed Helsinki. The conflict ended on March 30, 1940, with the two countries signing the Moscow Peace Treaty. In retaliation for its actions, the Soviet Union was expelled from the League of Nations.

  • 1872 First international football (soccer) match

    The match between England and Scotland was held at West of Scotland Cricket Club in Partick, Scotland. The game ended with a 0-0 draw.

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Births On This Day,
November 30

  • 1990 Magnus Carlsen

    Norwegian chess player

  • 1978 Clay Aiken

    American singer, actor

  • 1874 Winston Churchill

    English politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Nobel Prize laureate

  • 1835 Mark Twain

    American author

  • 1813 Charles-Valentin Alkan

    French composer

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Deaths On This Day,
November 30

  • 2018 George H. W. Bush

    American politician, 41st President of the United States

  • 2007 Evel Knievel

    American motorcycle stuntman

  • 1979 Zeppo Marx

    American actor, agent

  • 1935 Fernando Pessoa

    Portuguese poet

  • 1900 Oscar Wilde

    Irish author, poet, playwright