GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS WEDNESDAY, November 30, the 335th day of 2016 with 31 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:53 and sunset is @ 4:12. The moon is waxing. The morning stars are stars are Jupiter, Mars, Uranus & Venus. The evening stars are Mercury, Neptune & Saturn.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1700 – 8,000 Swedish troops under King Charles XII defeated an army of at least 50,000 Russians at the Battle of Narva. King Charles XII died on this day. 

1782 – The United States and Britain signed preliminary peace articles in Paris, ending the Revolutionary War. 

1803 – Spain completed the process of ceding Louisiana to France. 

1804 – U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Chase went on trial accused of political bias. He was later acquitted by the U.S. Senate. 

1838 – Three days after the French occupation of Vera Cruz Mexico declared war on France. 

1853 – During the Crimean War, the Russian fleet attacked and destroyed the Turkish fleet at the battle of Sinope. 

1858 – John Landis Mason received a patent for the first pepper shaker with a screw-on cap. 

1875 – A.J. Ehrichson patented the oat-crushing machine. 

1897 – Thomas Edison’s own motion picture projector had its first commercial exhibition. 

1936 – London’s famed Crystal Palace was destroyed in a fire. The structure had been constructed for the International Exhibition of 1851. 

1939 – The Russo-Finnish War began when 20 divisions of Soviet troops invaded Finland. 

1940 – Lucille Ball and Cuban musician Desi Arnaz were married. 

1949 – Chinese Communists captured Chungking. 

1954 – In Sylacauga, AL, Elizabeth Hodges was injured when a meteorite crashed through the roof of her house. The rock weighed 8½-pounds. 

1956 – CBS replayed the program “Douglas Edward and the News” three hours after it was received on the West Coast. It was the world’s first broadcast via videotape. 

1962 – U Thant of Burma was elected secretary-general of the United Nations, succeeding the late Dag Hammarskjold. 

1966 – The former British colony of Barbados became independent. 

1971 – ABC-TV aired “Brian’s Song.” The movie was about Chicago Bears’ Brian Picolo and his friendship with Gale Sayers. 

1981 – The U.S. and the Soviet Union opened negotiations in Geneva that were aimed at reducing nuclear weapons in Europe. 

1982 – The motion picture “Ghandi” had its world premiere in New Delhi. 

1986 – “Time” magazine published an interview with U.S. President Reagan. In the article, Reagan described fired national security staffer Oliver North as a “national hero.” 

1988 – Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and Co. took over RJR Nabisco Inc. with a bid of $24.53 billion. 

1989 – PLO leader Yasser Arafat was refused a visa to enter the United States in order to address the U.N. General Assebly in New York City. 

1993 – U.S. President Clinton signed into law the Brady Bill. The bill required a five-day waiting period for handgun purchases and background checks of prospective buyers. 

1995 – President Clinton became the first U.S. chief executive to visit Northern Ireland. 

1998 – The Deutsche Bank AG announced that it would acquire Bankers Trust Corp. for $10.1 billion creating the world’s largest financial institution. 

2001 – For the first time in it’s history, McDonald’s teamed up with a retail partner on its Happy Meal promotions. Toys R Us provided plush figures from it’s Animal Alley. 

2004 – In Stockholm, Sweden, the Carl Larsson painting “Boenskoerd” (“Bean Harvest”) was sold at auction for $730,000. The work had been in a private collection for more than a century. The Larsson work “Vid Kattegatt” (“By Kattegatt”) sold for $640,000 at the same auction.

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