Today In History – 28 November

Important Events

1520 Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan begins crossing the Pacific Ocean

1814 The Times of London first printed by automatic, steam powered presses built by German inventors Friedrich Koenig and Andreas Friedrich Bauer – makes newspapers available to a mass audience

1893 Women vote in a national election for the first time, in the New Zealand general election

1919 US-born Lady Nancy Astor elected as the 1st female member of the British House of Commons

1967 1st radio pulsars detected by British postgraduate Jocelyn Bell Burnell and her supervisor Antony Hewish at Cambridge University

Today In Film & TV

1975 “As the World Turns” and “The Edge of Night”, the final two American soap operas that had resisted going to pre-taped broadcasts, air their last live episodes.

Today In Music

1925 Grand Ole Opry premieres as WSM Barn Dance on WSM radio Nashville, Tennessee

Today In Sports

1895 America’s 1st auto race organised by the “Chicago Times-Herald” – Chicago to Evanston and back; 6 cars, 55 miles, Frank Duryea wins averaging 7 MPH

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