November 30th

2010
Pentagon leaders called for scrapping the 17-year-old "don't ask, don't tell" ban after releasing a survey about the prospect of openly gay troops.
2004
Ken Jennings' streak of 74 wins on the TV game show "Jeopardy!" came to an end.
Ken Jennings
1999
The opening of a 135-nation trade gathering in Seattle was disrupted by at least 40,000 demonstrators, some of whom clashed with police.
Anti-nuclear protests
1995
President Bill Clinton became the first U.S. chief executive to visit Northern Ireland.
Foreign policy of the Bill Clinton administration
1993
President Bill Clinton signed into law the Brady bill, which requires a five-day waiting period for handgun purchases and background checks of prospective buyers.
Gun control policy of the Bill Clinton administration
1982
Michael Jackson’s Thriller is released worldwide. Thought to be the best selling album of all time, the album, which had 9 tracks, won 8 Grammy Awards, including the award for Album of the Year in 1984.
Thriller (Michael Jackson album)
1979
The album "The Wall" by Pink Floyd was released.
The Wall
1974
Most complete early human skeleton (Lucy, Australopithecus) discovered by Donald Johanson, Maurice Taieb, Yves Coppens and Tim White in the Middle Awash of Ethiopia's Afar Depression.
Lucy (Australopithecus)
1966
The former British colony of Barbados became independent.
History of Barbados
1962
U Thant of Burma was elected secretary-general of the United Nations, succeeding the late Dag Hammarskjold.
U Thant
1947
Civil War in Palestine. Also known as the Civil War in Mandatory Palestine, the conflict began the day after the United Nations General Assembly voted on a resolution that provided a partition plan for Palestine. The war was wracked by violence which began on November 30 after two buses full of Israeli passengers were attacked by Arab gunmen and snipers shot pedestrians in Tel Aviv. On May 14, Israel declared itself an independent state and on May 15, the Civil War turned into a regional war after a coalition of Arab states that included Egypt, Jordan, and Syria, joined the conflict.
1947–48 Civil War in Mandatory Palestine
1940
Stars of I Love Lucy marry. Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz of the popular American comedy sitcoms, I Love Lucy and The Lucy and Desi Comedy Show married in real life. They were married for 20 years.
Lucille Ball
1939
The Winter War begins. The 4-month long war between Finland and the Soviet Union began after the USSR invaded Finland and bombed Helsinki. The conflict ended on March 30, 1940, with the two countries signing the Moscow Peace Treaty. In retaliation for its actions, the Soviet Union was expelled from the League of Nations.
Winter War
1929
Producer and "American Bandstand" host Dick Clark was born in Mount Vernon, N.Y.
Dick Clark
1900
Irish author Oscar Wilde died in Paris at age 46.
Oscar Wilde
1872
First international football (soccer) match. The match between England and Scotland was held at West of Scotland Cricket Club in Partick, Scotland. The game ended with a 0-0 draw.
1872 Scotland vs England football match
1835
Author Mark Twain was born Samuel Langhorne Clemens in Florida, Mo.
Mark Twain
1804
Supreme Court Justice Samuel Chase went on trial, accused of political bias. (He was acquitted by the Senate.).
Samuel Chase
1786
Grand Duke of Tuscany Leopold II promulgates a penal reform, making his the 1st state to abolish the death penalty. November 30 commemorated as Cities for Life Day.
Leopold II, Holy Roman Emperor
1782
The United States and Britain signed preliminary peace articles in Paris, ending the Revolutionary War.
Treaty of Paris (1783)
1731
Beijing hit by an earthquake. about 100,000 die
Tianjin
1648
English Parliamentary army captures King Charles I.
English Civil War
1016
Cnut the Great (Canute), King of Denmark, claims the English throne after the death of Edmund 'Ironside'.
Cnut the Great