Today is Sunday, Nov. 28, the 333rd day of 2004. There are 33 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Nov. 28, 1942, nearly 500 people died in a fire that destroyed the Cocoanut Grove nightclub in Boston.

On this date:

In 1520, Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan reached the Pacific Ocean after passing through the South American strait that now bears his name.

In 1919, American-born Lady Astor was elected the first female member of the British Parliament.

In 1925, the Grand Ole Opry, Nashville's famed home of country music, made its radio debut on station WSM.

In 1943, President Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin met in Tehran during World War II.

In 1944, the MGM movie musical "Meet Me in St. Louis," starring Judy Garland, opened in New York.

In 1958, the African nation of Chad became an autonomous republic within the French community.

In 1964, the United States launched the space probe Mariner 4 on a course to Mars.

In 1975, President Ford nominated Federal Judge John Paul Stevens to the U.S. Supreme Court seat vacated by William O. Douglas.

In 1979, an Air New Zealand DC-10 en route to the South Pole crashed into a mountain in Antarctica, killing all 257 people aboard.

In 1990, Margaret Thatcher resigned as prime minister of Britain during an audience with Queen Elizabeth II, who conferred the premiership on John Major.

Ten years ago: Serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer was murdered in a Wisconsin prison by a fellow inmate. Norwegian voters rejected European Union membership. Sixties war protester Jerry Rubin died in Los Angeles, two weeks after being hit by a car; he was 56.

Five years ago: Hsing-Hsing, the popular giant panda who arrived in America in 1972 as a symbol of U.S.-China detente, was euthanized at age 28. (Officials at Washington's National Zoo decided to end the panda's life because of his deteriorating health.)

One year ago: President Bush returned to his ranch in Crawford, Texas, after a secret, nearly 36-hour journey that took him to Iraq for a Thanksgiving visit with U.S. troops.

Today's Birthdays: Recording executive Berry Gordy Jr. is 75. Former Sen. Gary Hart, D-Colo., is 68. Singer-songwriter Bruce Channel is 64. Singer Randy Newman is 61. Movie director Joe Dante is 58. CBS News correspondent Susan Spencer is 58. "Late Show" orchestra leader Paul Shaffer is 55. Actor Ed Harris is 54. Actress S. Epatha Merkerson is 52. Country singer Kristine Arnold (Sweethearts of the Rodeo) is 48. Actor Judd Nelson is 45. Movie director Alfonso Cuaron is 43. Rock musician Matt Cameron is 42. Comedian Jon Stewart is 42. Actress Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon is 38. TV personality Anna Nicole Smith is 37. Rhythm-and-blues singer Dawn Robinson is 36. Hip-hop musician (Black Eyed Peas) is 30. Actress Scarlett Pomers ("Reba") is 16.

Thought for Today: "I am not sure that God always knows who are His great men; He is so very careless of what happens to them while they live." - Mary Hunter Austin, American novelist and playwright (1868-1934).


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