November 28

1520

Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan passed through the strait which bears his name to the Pacific ocean.

1919

American-born Lady Astor became the first woman to take a seat on the British Parliament.

1942

Almost 500 people died in the Coconut Grove nightclub fire in Boston.

1943

Churchill, Roosevelt, and Stalin met in Tehran for their first meeting during World War II.

1964

The U.S. spacecraft Mariner 4 launched—on its way to the first successful mission to Mars.

1990

Margaret Thatcher resigned as prime minister of Great Britain; John Major took over.

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