The WikiLeaks website is attacked by a computer-hacking operation and undergoes a a mass distributed denial of service attack as it prepares to release more secret U.S. documents. Julian Assange says U.S. authorities are afraid of being held accountable for their actions. //www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-11858637 (BBC)
Simon Crean announces his resignation as leader of the Australian Labor Party, the main opposition party in Australia. Crean has led the party since November 2001, but has consistently trailed Prime Minister John Howard in opinion polls. Crean becomes the first Labor leader to resign without having fought an election. His successor will be elected at a meeting of the Labor Caucus on . The candidates will probably be former leader Kim Beazley and finance spokesman Mark Latham. Foreign Affairs spokesman Kevin Rudd may also stand. //www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/s999345.htm
The anti-Good Friday Agreement Democratic Unionist Party with 30 seats becomes the biggest party in Northern Ireland in the Northern Ireland Assembly Election, 2003, replacing the Ulster Unionist Party (27 seats), while Sinn Féin at 24 seats replaces the SDLP (18 seats) as the major Irish nationalist party.
Thursday, November 28, 2002
Henry Kissinger is appointed chairman of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, commonly known as the 9/11 Commission.
Tuesday, November 28, 2000
Ukrainian politician Oleksander Moroz sets off the Cassette Scandal by publicly accusing President Leonid Kuchma of involvement in the murder of journalist Georgiy Gongadze.
Cold War ndash Velvet Revolution: The Communist Party of Czechoslovakia announces they will give up their monopoly on political power (elections held in December bring the first non-communist government to Czechoslovakia in more than 40 years).
Air New Zealand Flight 901: an Air New Zealand DC-10 crashes into Mount Erebus (in Antarctica) on a sightseeing trip, killing all 257 people on board.
Friday, November 28, 1975
While disabled, the submarine tender "USS Proteus (AS-19)" discharges radioactive coolant water into Apra Harbor, Guam. A Geiger counter at two of the harbor's public beaches shows 100 millirems/hour, 50 times the allowable dose.
Atari kicks off the first generation of video games with the release of their seminal arcade version of "Pong", the first game to achieve commercial success.
Vietnam War: White House Press Secretary Ron Ziegler tells the press that there will be no more public announcements concerning United States troop withdrawals from Vietnam due to the fact that troop levels are now down to 27,000.
The last executions in Paris, France. Roger Bontems and Claude Buffet – the Clairvaux Mutineers – were guillotined at La Sante Prison by chief executioner Andre Obrecht (already suffering from Parkinson's Disease). Bontems had been found innocent of murder by the court, but as Buffet's accomplice was condemned to death anyway. President Georges Pompidou, in private an abolitionist, upheld both death sentences in deference to French public opinion.
Roger Vadim's drama film "And God Created Woman" released in France as "Et Dieu… créa la femme", propels Brigitte Bardot into the public spotlight as a sex kitten.
Wednesday, November 28, 1951
"Scrooge", starring Alastair Sim, premieres in the United States under the title of Charles Dickens's original novel, "A Christmas Carol".
Monday, November 28, 1949
Winston Churchill makes a landmark speech in support of the idea of a European Union at Kingsway Hall, London.
Wednesday, November 28, 1945
Assembly of the world's first general purpose electronic computer, the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer (ENIAC), is completed. It covers of floor space. The first set of calculations is run on the computer.
The Mexican government passes a law allowing real estate companies (controlled by General Porfirio Díaz's political associates) to survey public and vacant lands and to retain one third of the land they survey.
The first Carnegie library is opened in Andrew Carnegie's hometown, Dunfermline, Scotland.
American Civil War ndash Battle of Cane Hill: U.S. Army troops led by General John Blunt push back Confederate troops commanded by General John Marmaduke into northwestern the Boston Mountains of Arkansas.
Thursday, November 28, 1861
Acting on the ordinance passed by the Jackson government, the Confederate Congress admits Missouri as the 12th Confederate state.
The third oldest settlement in Mississippi, Port Gibson, is founded.
A fire in Istanbul destroys 12,000 houses and kills 7,000 inhabitants.
Thursday, November 28, 1715
Application of Nueva Planta decrees in Majorca and the other Balearic Islands formerly under the Crown of Aragon bringing them under the laws of the Crown of Castile.
Tuesday, November 28, 1662
The Royal Society holds its first meeting.
Sunday, November 28, 1660
At Gresham College in London, twelve men, including Christopher Wren, Robert Boyle, John Wilkins, and Sir Robert Moray meet after a lecture by Wren and decide to found a College for the Promoting of Physico-Mathematicall Experimentall Learning (later known as the Royal Society).
December ndash Andres Malong, a native chieftain of Pangasinan, Philippines, leads a revolt against the Spanish regime.
The aurochs are hunted to extinction, the last being killed by poachers in Poland.
Archduke Ferdinand III of Austria, heir apparent of the Habsburg Monarchy and a future Holy Roman Emperor, already King of Hungary ascends to be king of the religiously troubled Bohemia where his (still living) father's repression of Protestantism had triggered the ongoing Thirty Years' War in 1618.
After navigating through the South American strait, three ships under the command of Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan reach the Pacific Ocean, becoming the first Europeans to sail from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific (the strait was later named the Strait of Magellan).
Tuesday, November 19, 1499 (Julianian calendar)
Johannes Trithemius inadvertently reveals interests in magic by writing a letter to a Carmelite monk about a treatise he was writing on steganography.
Montenegro, the last free monarchy in the Balkans, is annexed by the Ottoman Empire as part of the "sanjak" of Shkodër.
Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa matriculates at Cologne University.
Edward, Earl of Warwick, last male member of the House of York, is executed for reportedly attempting to escape from the Tower of London.