History Events on November 30
American Civil War: The Confederate Army of Tennessee suffers heavy losses in an attack on the Union Army of the Ohio in the Battle of Franklin.
Gary Ridgway is apprehended and charged with four murders as the Green River Killer.
The first-ever international football match takes place at Hamilton Crescent, Glasgow, between Scotland and England.
Vietnam War: White House Press Secretary Ron Ziegler tells the press that there will be no more public announcements concerning American troop withdrawals from Vietnam because troop levels are now down to 27,000.
Emperor Otto II lifts the siege at Paris and withdraws. His rearguard is defeated while crossing the Aisne River by Frankish forces under King Lothair III.
The second Siege of Pensacola comes to end with the failure of the British to capture Pensacola, Florida.
American Revolutionary War: Treaty of Paris: In Paris, representatives from the United States and the Great Britain sign preliminary peace articles (later formalized as the 1783 Treaty of Paris).
An Ilyushin Il-76 cargo plane belonging to Aéro-Service, crashes into houses near Maya-Maya Airport during a thunderstorm, killing at least 32 people.
The Folies Bergère stages its first revue.
First Welland Canal opens for a trial run, five years to the day from the ground breaking.
The Grand Duchy of Tuscany, under Pietro Leopoldo I, becomes the first modern state to abolish the death penalty (later commemorated as Cities for Life Day).
In New Orleans, Spanish representatives officially transfer the Louisiana Territory to a French representative. Just 20 days later, France transfers the same land to the United States as the Louisiana Purchase.
Costa Rica signs the Buenos Aires Convention, a copyright treaty.
MS Achille Lauro catches fire off the coast of Somalia.
A statue of King Charles XII of Sweden is inaugurated in Stockholm's Kungsträdgården.
In Sylacauga, Alabama, United States, the Hodges meteorite crashes through a roof and hits a woman taking an afternoon nap; this is the only documented case in the Western Hemisphere of a human being hit by a rock from space.
The Pakistan Peoples Party is founded by Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, who becomes its first chairman.
British Aerospace and Marconi Electronic Systems merge to form BAE Systems, Europe's largest defense contractor and the fourth largest aerospace firm in the world.
World War II: Battle of Tassafaronga; A smaller squadron of Japanese destroyers led by Raiz? Tanaka defeats a U.S. cruiser force under Carleton H. Wright.
The LNER Class A3 4472 Flying Scotsman becomes the first steam locomotive to be authenticated as reaching 100 mph.
Barbados becomes independent from the United Kingdom.
In Seattle, United States, demonstrations against a World Trade Organization meeting by anti-globalization protesters catch police unprepared and force the cancellation of opening ceremonies.
Cold War: In Geneva, representatives from the United States and the Soviet Union begin to negotiate intermediate-range nuclear weapon reductions in Europe. (The meetings end inconclusively on December 17.)
Exxon and Mobil sign a US$73.7 billion agreement to merge, thus creating ExxonMobil, the world's largest company.
South Yemen becomes independent from the United Kingdom.
NASA launches STS-97, the 101st Space Shuttle mission.
King Charles XII of Sweden dies during a siege of the fortress of Fredriksten in Norway.
The Balmis Expedition starts in Spain with the aim of vaccinating millions against smallpox in Spanish America and Philippines.
Michael Jackson's sixth solo studio album, Thriller, is released worldwide, ultimately to become the best-selling record album in history.
Iran seizes the Greater and Lesser Tunbs from the United Arab Emirates.
Crimean War: Battle of Sinop: The Imperial Russian Navy under Pavel Nakhimov destroys the Ottoman fleet under Osman Pasha at Sinop, a sea port in northern Turkey.
The Democratic-Republican-controlled United States Senate begins an impeachment trial of Federalist Supreme Court Justice Samuel Chase.
John Sentamu becomes the first black archbishop in the Church of England with his enthronement as the 97th Archbishop of York.
A magnitude 7.0 earthquake with its epicenter only 15 miles from Anchorage, Alaska causes significant property damage but no deaths.
U.S. President Bill Clinton visits Northern Ireland and speaks in favour of the "Northern Ireland peace process" to a huge rally at Belfast City Hall; he calls terrorists "yesterday's men".
In London, the Crystal Palace is destroyed by fire.
Winter War: Soviet forces cross the Finnish border in several places and bomb Helsinki and several other Finnish cities, starting the war.