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What Happened on November 29?

  • The United Nations approved a proposal to partition Palestine. (1947) Palestine was separated into one Arab state and one Jewish state, ending the British Mandate for Palestine. The approved proposal paved the way for the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948.

  • The first flight over the South Pole occurred. (1929) Admiral Richard Byrd and his crew flew an 18-hour round-trip flight from the Ross Ice Shelf base to the South Pole in a three-engine Ford Trimotor plane.

  • The Warren Commission was established to investigate US President Kennedy's assassination. (1963) US President Lyndon B. Johnson established the commission. Its report came almost a year later and presented findings that Lee Harvey Oswald had alone plotted and assassinated the president, and Jack Ruby had alone murdered Oswald. The findings to this day remain controversial.

  • Coffee rationing began in the US. (1942) Though there was plenty of supply, the ships used to transport coffee beans to the United States were needed for war efforts in World War II.

  • "Blue baby syndrome" was surgically corrected for the first time. (1944) The syndrome basically results from a lack of oxygen in the blood and is often caused by congenital heart defects, such as Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF). This particular defect was corrected for the first time on this day at Johns Hopkins Hospital by surgeon Alfred Blalock and assistant Vivien Thomas.

  • The first American football game was broadcast nationally on the radio. (1934) NBC radio set up a national radio network of 94 stations to broadcast the game. The Detroit Lions were defeated by the Chicago Bears, 19-16.

  • Pong, the first video game that became a commercial success, was released. (1972) Pong was released by Nolan Bushnell who was also the co-founder of the video game company, Atari. Pong is similar to digital tennis or ping-pong, and its great success was a big part of the early beginnings of the video game industry.

  • NASA launched the Mercury-Atlas 5 capsule with a chimpanzee aboard. (1961) The chimpanzee, Enos, and the capsule orbited the Earth twice. The spacecraft landed in the Pacific Ocean as planned, and Enos was no worse for wear.

  • A traffic light system was patented in the US for the first time. (1910) Earnest E. Sirrine was issued the patent, which allowed for a changeable traffic device that would be installed at street intersections to help regulate traffic flow. This first system had two display options: stop and go.

  • The first settlement in what is now Northern California was founded. (1777) El Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe, now known as San Jose, was founded as a Spanish colony.

  • The United States Naval Academy and the United States Military Academy battled on the football field for the first time. (1890) The Navy won the first Army-Navy game, 24-0, playing at West Point.
Discussion Comments
By anon993628 — On Nov 29, 2015

Well, it seems the Israeli state was a fact long before anyone even mantioned a Palestinian state. They had their chance to make one, but they preferred to fight the new Israel, so sod them.

By Chmander — On Dec 17, 2014

I don't know about the rest of you, but one thing I've always been interested in is the assassination of John F. Kennedy, and some of these "theories" in general, if that makes sense. The ones that people come up with to prove a point that doesn't even exist. However, what caught my attention the most in the bullet point, is when it said that the findings on President Kennedy's assassination remain controversial.

The reason why it caught my attention is because it really shows how more than often, we don't have all the facts, no matter how much we want to. While it's obviously true that he was assassinated, most people don't have all the facts on the whole situation, if any at all. Considering how this could also be the case for a lot of other things that have happened in the media and our nation, it really makes me wonder. How about you?

By Euroxati — On Dec 17, 2014

While many people do enjoy the fancy video games of this day and age, Pong is a good example of how not all video games have to be a sophisticated art. All in all, Pong is definitely as simple as they come, but it was and is revolutionary as well.

However, the best part about it, in my opinion, is that it actually allows you to think and have fun at the same time. In fact, let's take a look and compare it to some other video games in this day and age.

In most shooting games today, there's action on screen almost every second, and because of that, you never really get bored, or at least you're not supposed to. However, Pong is a lot more simple, as you usually don't see that much action on scree, if any at all. Some would see this as boring, but in some ways, that actually makes it even more engaging.

All in all, not only did Pong revolutionize the gaming industry, but even more so, it really shows how games back then were a lot more simple. They could be entertaining without being overly technical, if that makes sense.

By Viranty — On Dec 16, 2014

It's interesting that traffic light systems date all the way back to 1910. In fact, if that's the case, before the lights were put onto the streets, I wonder how cars were able to get by, without causing so much chaos, that is. Based on what I've seen, I'm assuming that it was done the old fashioned way, and that there was someone who was constantly directing the traffic, using signs. Obviously, that probably wasn't the easiest way to do things, but sometimes, you have to do what you have to do.

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