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This Day in History for November 29

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1877 – US inventor Thomas Edison demonstrated his hand-cranked phonograph for the first time.

1887 – US receives rights to Pearl Harbor, on Oahu, Hawaii.

1910 – The first US patent for inventing the traffic lights system is issued to Ernest Sirrine.

1923 – The Dawes Commission, chaired by the American Banker Charles G. Dawes, is set up to look into the German economic situation and make recommendations that the US can accept.

1929 – Richard E Byrd says “My calculations indicate that we have reached vicinity of South Pole” (He was wrong)

1934 – Chicago Bears beat Detroit (19-16) in 1st NFL game broadcast nationally.

1942 – US Office of Administration rations coffee for everyone, 10 pounds a year.

1944 – Johns Hopkins hospital in Baltimore performs 1st open heart surgery.

1948 – Puppet TV show “Kukla, Fran, & Ollie” starring Fran Allison debuts on NBC.

1956 – “Bells are Ringing” opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 925 performances.

1961 – Freedom Riders attacked by white mob at bus station in Mississippi.

1963 – LBJ sets up Warren Commission to investigate the assassination of JFK.

1972 – Co-founder of Atari, Nolan Bushnell releases Pong, the 1st commercially successful video game, in Andy Capp’s Tavern in Sunnyvale, California.

1976 – NY Yankees sign free agent Reggie Jackson to a 5-year contract.

1987 – Joe Montana of SF 49ers completes NFL record of 22 consecutive passes.

1995 – CNNfn, a financial network by Turner Enterprises is launched.

1997 – OPEC agrees to an increase in its production ceiling, OPEC has raised the ceiling to 275 million barrels per day for the first half of 1998.

2016 – Former NFL player Darren Sharper sentenced to 20 years in prison for a series of rapes.

2017 – American TV host Matt Lauer is fired from NBC’s “Today” show after an allegation of sexual misconduct.

2020 – Joe Biden and Kamala Harris announce the first all-female Communications team for the White House.