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Today in History - Nov. 29

Celebrity birthdays, highlights in history, plus more facts about this day
/ Source: The Associated Press

Today is Wednesday, Nov. 29, the 333rd day of 2006. There are 32 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
On Nov. 29, 1963, President Johnson named a commission headed by Earl Warren to investigate the assassination of President Kennedy.

On this date:
In 1530, Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, one-time adviser to England's King Henry VIII, died.

In 1864, a Colorado militia killed at least 150 peaceful Cheyenne Indians in the Sand Creek Massacre.

In 1924, Italian composer Giacomo Puccini died in Brussels, Belgium, before he could complete his opera "Turandot." (It was finished by Franco Alfano.)

In 1929, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Richard E. Byrd radioed that he and co-pilot Bernt Balchen had made the first airplane flight over the South Pole.

In 1947, the U.N. General Assembly passed a resolution calling for the partitioning of Palestine between Arabs and Jews.

In 1956, the musical "Bells Are Ringing," starring Judy Holliday, opened on Broadway.

In 1961, Enos the chimp was launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla., aboard the Mercury-Atlas 5 spacecraft, which orbited earth twice before returning.

In 1964, the U.S. Roman Catholic Church instituted sweeping changes in the liturgy, including the use of English instead of Latin.

In 1981, actress Natalie Wood drowned in a boating accident off Santa Catalina Island, Calif., at age 43.

In 1986, actor Cary Grant died in Davenport, Iowa, at age 82.

Ten years ago: A U.N. court sentenced a Bosnian Serb army soldier (Drazen Erdemovic) to 10 years in prison for his role in the massacre of 1,200 Muslims. John C. Salvi III, serving a life sentence for fatally shooting two abortion clinic receptionists, hanged himself in his Massachusetts prison cell.

Five years ago: George Harrison, the "quiet Beatle," died in Los Angeles following a battle with cancer; he was 58. "A Separate Peace" author John Knowles died in Florida at age 75. The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a resolution extending the U.N. humanitarian program in Iraq and setting the stage for an overhaul of U.N. sanctions against Baghdad the following year.

One year ago: Al-Jazeera broadcast video of four Western peace activists held hostage by a previously unknown group, the Swords of Righteousness Brigade. (Three of the hostages were later released, but one of them, American Tom Fox, was killed.) The Vatican issued a document defending a policy designed to keep men with "deep-seated" homosexual tendencies from becoming priests, but said there would be no crackdown on gays who were already ordained. Actress Wendie Jo Sperber died in Sherman Oaks, Calif., at age 47.

Today's Birthdays: Hall-of-Fame sportscaster Vin Scully is 79. Blues singer-musician John Mayall is 73. Composer-musician Chuck Mangione is 66. Pop singer Denny Doherty (The Mamas & the Papas) is 66. Country singer Jody Miller is 65. Actress Diane Ladd is 63. Pop singer-musician Felix Cavaliere (The Rascals) is 62. Olympic gold medal skier Suzy Chaffee is 60. Comedian Garry Shandling is 57. Movie director Joel Coen is 52. Actor-comedian-game show host Howie Mandel is 51. Actor Jeff Fahey is 49. Actress Cathy Moriarty is 46. Actress Kim Delaney is 45. Actor Tom Sizemore is 45. Actor Andrew McCarthy is 44. Actor Don Cheadle is 42. Actor-producer Neill Barry is 41. Musician Wallis Buchanan (Jamiroquai) is 41. Pop singer Jonathan Knight (New Kids on the Block) is 38. Rock musician Martin Carr (Boo Radleys) is 38. Actress Gena Lee Nolin is 35. Actress Anna Faris is 30. Rapper The Game is 27. Rock musician Ringo Garza is 25. Actor Lucas Black is 24.

Thought for Today: "Superstition is the religion of feeble minds." — Edmund Burke, British statesman (1729-1797).