2013: Paul Walker, best known for movies such as "Varsity Blues," "Into the Blue" and "The Fast and the Furious" film series, is killed in a car crash in Southern California. The 40-year-old actor was in the passenger seat of a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT driven by racing team partner Roger Rodus, who also died in the crash, that slammed into a light pole and burst into flames in an office park in the community of Valencia in Santa Clarita, about 30 miles north of Hollywood.
2010: Pentagon leaders call for scrapping the 17-year-old "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban after releasing a survey about the prospect of openly gay troops.
2007: Motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel, one of the greatest American icons of the 1970s, dies of pulmonary disease at the age of 69 in Clearwater, Florida. In his career he attempted more than 75 ramp-to-ramp motorcycle jumps between 1965 and 1980, and, in 1974, a failed jump across Snake River Canyon in the Skycycle X-2, a steam-powered rocket. The 35 broken bones he suffered during his career earned him an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records as the survivor of "most bones broken in a lifetime."
2004: Longtime "Jeopardy!" champion Ken Jennings of Salt Lake City, Utah, finally loses after 74 straight wins, leaving him with $2,522,700, television's biggest game show winnings at the time.
2001: Gary Ridgway, aka The Green River Killer, is arrested in Renton, Washington, for the murders of four women whose cases were linked to him through DNA evidence. Ridgway murdered numerous women and girls, most of whom were also alleged prostitutes, in Washington state during the 1980s and 1990s, earning his nickname when the first five victims were found in the Green River. In November 2003, he would plead guilty to 48 counts of aggravated first-degree murder as part of a plea bargain that would spare him execution in exchange for his cooperation in locating the remains of his victims and providing other details.
1999: In Seattle, Washington, protests against the World Trade Organization meeting by anti-globalization protesters catch police unprepared and force the cancellation of opening ceremonies for the meetings. Even the lowest estimates placed the number of protesters at more than 40,000, with 157 people ultimately being arrested. Police spent much of the afternoon and evening clearing the city's streets and Seattle mayor Paul Schell declared a state of emergency and imposed a curfew and a 50-block "No-Protest Zone." Damage to businesses from vandalism and lost sales associated with the protests was estimated at around $20 million. In the wake of the incident and because of controversy over the city's response, Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper eventually resigned.
1998: Exxon and Mobil sign a $73.7 billion agreement to merge, thus creating Exxon-Mobil, the world's largest company.
1996: Entertainer Tiny Tim, most famous for his rendition of "Tiptoe Through the Tulips" sung in a distinctive high falsetto/vibrato voice, dies of a heart attack at the age of 64 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His real name Herbert Khaury, he was also famous for marrying Victoria Mae Budinger (aka Miss Vicki) on Dec. 17, 1969, on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" with 21.4 million viewers watching.
1995: U.S. President Bill Clinton becomes the first U.S. president to visit Northern Ireland. Speaking in favor of the "Northern Ireland peace process" to a huge rally and Christmas tree lighting at Belfast City Hall, he called terrorists "yesterday's men."
1994: The Beatles' first album of unreleased material in nearly 25 years, "Live at BBC," is released in the United Kingdom. The compilation album features performances by The Beatles originally broadcast on various BBC radio shows from 1963 through 1965. It would peak at No. 3 on the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart and reach No. 1 on the U.K. Albums Chart, selling an estimated eight million copies worldwide during its first year of release.
1993: U.S. President Bill Clinton signs the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act into law. The act, which instituted federal background checks on firearm purchasers in the United States, was named after James Brady (left), who was shot by John Hinckley Jr. during an attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan on March 30, 1981.
1990: The psychological thriller "Misery," starring James Caan and Kathy Bates and based off Stephen King's novel of the same name, premieres in theaters. Bates would go on to win the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance as the psychopathic Annie Wilkes.
1985: Actress and model Kaley Cuoco, best known for her TV roles in "8 Simple Rules," "Charmed" and "The Big Bang Theory," is born in Camarillo, California.
1982: Michael Jackson's "Thriller," which would go on to become the best-selling album of all time, is released. Seven singles would be released from the album, all of which reached the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100.
1982: The movie "Gandhi" has its world premiere in New Delhi, India. The movie, which dramatizes the life of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, an Indian lawyer and activist who was a leader of the nation's independence movement against Great Britain's rule, would win eight Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Actor for its star, Ben Kingsley.
1982: Actress Elisha Cuthbert, best known for her roles in movies such as "Old School," "The Girl Next Door" and "House of Wax" and on the TV series "24" and "Happy Endings," is born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
1979: Actor and comedian Zeppo Marx (far right) dies of lung cancer at the age of 78 in Rancho Mirage, California. The youngest of the five Marx Brothers, he appeared in the first five Marx Brothers feature films from 1929 to 1933 as a straight man and romantic lead, but then left the act to start his second career as an engineer and theatrical agent.
1979: Pink Floyd's "The Wall" is released. The double album would sell six million copies in its first two weeks and be adapted into the 1982 feature film "Pink Floyd — The Wall."
1977: Bing Crosby's last Christmas special, "Bing Crosby's Merrie Olde Christmas," airs more than a month after his death. The show was recorded in September, and Crosby died that October. The show is best remembered for Crosby's duet with David Bowie, where they sang a modified version of "Little Drummer Boy," with Bowie singing new "Peace On Earth" lyrics composed by the show's writers.
1975: Country music singer-songwriter Mindy McCready, whose hits included "Guys Do It All the Time," "Ten Thousand Angels" and "A Girl's Gotta Do (What a Girl's Gotta Do)," is born in Fort Myers, Florida. McCready battled years of addiction before dying from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Feb. 17, 2013, one month after her boyfriend and the father of her son also took his own life.
1971: The made-for-TV movie "Brian's Song" airs on television for the first time. The movie tells the true story of the friendship between Chicago Bears running backs Gale Sayers (Billy Dee Williams) and Brian Piccolo (James Caan), and Piccolo's battle with cancer that ended his life at age 26.
1970: Actress Sandra Oh, best known for her role as Dr. Cristina Yang on "Grey's Anatomy," is born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Oh has also appeared in movies, including "Under the Tuscan Sun" and "Sideways."
1969: Director Marc Forster, known for movies such as "Monster's Ball," "Finding Neverland," "Stranger than Fiction," "The Kite Runner," "Quantum of Solace" and "World War Z," is born in Illertissen, West Germany.
1969: Actress Amy Ryan, an Oscar-nominee for "Gone Baby Gone" also known for her work on the TV series "The Wire," "In Treatment" and "The Office," is born in Queens, New York.
1968: Sly & The Family Stone's "Everyday People" is released. It would become the first single by the band to go to No. 1 on the Soul singles chart and the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, holding that position on the latter chart for four weeks from Feb. 15, 1969, until March 14, 1969.
1965: Actor Ben Stiller, best known for his roles in movies such as "Reality Bites," "There's Something About Mary," "Meet the Parents," "Zoolander" and "Night at the Museum," is born in New York City.
1962: Bo Jackson, the 1985 Heisman Trophy winner and the first athlete to be named an All-Star in two major American sports, is born in Bessemer, Alabama. Jackson played running back for the NFL's Los Angeles Raiders and left field and designated hitter for the Kansas City Royals, the Chicago White Sox and the California Angels during an eight-year career that spanned from 1986 to 1994. He's seen here in 2002 signing autographs for the crew aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Saipan in Norfolk, Virginia.
1959: Singer-songwriter Cherie Currie, who rose to fame as the lead vocalist of the 1970s teen girl rock band The Runaways, is born in Encino, California. She's also acted and is particularly known for the 1980 film "Foxes," which co-starred Jodie Foster, Scott Baio, Sally Kellerman and Randy Quaid.
1958: Coed Records releases "16 Candles" by The Crests. The song would peak at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts and No. 4 on the R&B charts.
1955: Singer-songwriter Billy Idol, known for such 1980s songs as "White Wedding," "Rebel Yell" and "Eyes Without a Face," is born William Michael Albert Broad in Stanmore, Middlesex, England.
1954: A meteorite crashes through a roof in Sylacauga, Alabama, and hits Ann Elizabeth Hodges while she is taking an afternoon nap in the first documented case of a human being hit by a rock from space. The 31-year-old woman was badly bruised on one side of her body but was able to walk to seek help.
1952: Actor and singer Mandy Patinkin, best known for his roles in "The Princess Bride," "Chicago Hope," "Dead Like Me" and "Homeland," is born in Chicago, Illinois.
1947: In the wake of the United Nation General Assembly's vote on the Partition Plan for Palestine, civil war breaks out in the region. The conflict would last for more than five months, leading up to the creation of the state of Israel.
1947: German-American actor and filmmaker Ernst Lubitsch, who earned three Oscar nominations for Best Director for "The Love Parade" and "The Patriot" (both in 1930) and "Heaven Can Wait" in 1944, dies of a heart attack, his sixth, at age 55 in Hollywood, California. Lubitsch, who also directed movies such as "Ninotchka," "The Shop Around the Corner" and "To Be or Not to Be," received an Honorary Academy Award in 1947 for his distinguished contributions to the art of the motion picture.
1947: Playwright and film director David Mamet, best known for writing "Glengarry Glen Ross" and "Wag the Dog" and for directing movies such as "Redbelt," "State and Main" and "The Spanish Prisoner," is born in Chicago, Illinois.
1943: Film director and screenwriter Terrence Malick, who has earned Academy Award nominations for "The Thin Red Line" and "The Tree of Life," is born in either Ottawa, Illinois, or Waco, Texas. Malick has also directed movies such as "Badlands," "Days of Heaven" and "The New World."
1940: Lucille Ball marries Desi Arnaz in Greenwich, Connecticut. They are seen here at right in a publicity still for 1957's "The Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Show."
1937: Film director Ridley Scott, known for directing movie such as "Alien," "Blade Runner," "Thelma & Louise," "Gladiator" and "Black Hawk Down," is born in South Shields, England.
1936: In London, the Crystal Palace is destroyed after what starts as a small office fire spreads quickly due to high winds and the building's dry old timber flooring. The cast-iron and plate-glass building was originally built in London's Hyde Park to house the Great Exhibition of 1851 but was moved to a South London suburb in 1854.
1936: Abbie Hoffman, a political and social activist who co-founded the Youth International Party, or "Yippies," in the 1960s, is born in Worcester, Massachusetts. He commmitted suicide at the age of 52 on April 12, 1989.
1934: The steam locomotive Flying Scotsman becomes the first train to officially exceed 100 mph while traveling between London, England, and Edinburgh, Scotland.
1931: Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Bill Walsh, who led the San Francisco 49ers to three Super Bowl titles in the 1980s, is born in Los Angeles, California. Walsh compiled a 92-59-1 over 10 seasons with the 49ers and also coached the Stanford Cardinal football team, during which time he popularized the West Coast offense. He died of leukemia at age 75 on July 30, 2007.
1930: G. Gordon Liddy, the chief operative for President Richard Nixon's White House Plumbers unit when they broke into the Watergate complex, is born in Brooklyn, New York. Liddy, who served two years stateside in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and also worked for the FBI and as a lawyer before working for the Nixon administration, was convicted of burglary, conspiracy and refusing to testify to the Senate committee investigating Watergate and served nearly 52 months in prison. He went on to become an author, a public speaker and a conservative radio talk show host.
1929: Dick Clark, who would become best known for hosting American television's longest-running variety show, "American Bandstand," from 1957 to 1987, is born in Bronxville, New York. Clark would also become known for hosting the game show "Pyramid" and "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve." He died of a heart attack at age 82 on April 18, 2012.
1929: TV producer Joan Ganz Cooney, one of the founders of the Children's Television Network and the children's TV show "Sesame Street," is born Joan Ganz in Phoenix, Arizona.
1926: Actor Richard Crenna, best known for his roles in movies such as "The Sand Pebbles," "Body Heat" and the first three "Rambo" movies, is born in Los Angeles, California. Crenna, who died of heart failure at the age of 76 on Jan. 17, 2003, also appeared in the TV series "Our Miss Brooks" and "The Real McCoys."
1924: Comedian Allan Sherman, who became a famous song parodist in the early 1960s best known for the summer camp parody "Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh," is born in Chicago, Illinois. His first album, 1962's "My Son, the Folk Singer," became the fastest-selling record album up to that time. Sherman, seen here during a 1965 guest-starring role on the TV show "The Loner," died of emphysema at the age of 48 on Nov. 20, 1973.
1920: Actress Virginia Mayo, the biggest box office money maker for Warner Bros. in the late 1940s, is born Virginia Clara Jones in St. Louis, Missouri. Mayo got her start in vaudeville and is best known for a series of comedic films withDanny Kaye. She also appeared alongside Bob Hope in "The Princess and the Pirate," with James Cagney in "White Heat" (pictured), and in William Wyler's Best Picture Oscar-winner "The Best Years of Our Lives." She died of pneumonia and complications of congestive heart failure at age 84 on Jan. 17, 2005.
1912: Photographer and film director Gordon Parks, who would become best known for his photographic essays for Life magazine and as the director of the 1971 film "Shaft," is born in Fort Scott, Kansas. He also would become known for his activism and campaigning for civil rights, as well as for his writing, including his autobiographical novel "The Learning Tree." Parks died of cancer at the age of 93 on March 7, 2006.
1900: Irish writer Oscar Wilde, who became one of London's most popular playwrights in the early 1890s, dies of cerebral meningitis at the age of 46 in Paris, France. Among his most popular works were "The Picture of Dorian Gray" and "The Importance of Being Earnest."
1874: Winston Churchill, who would go on to become a two-time British prime minister and win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1953, is born at Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England.
1872: The first-ever international soccer match takes place at the Hamilton Crescent cricket ground in Glasgow, Scotland, between Scotland and England. The game ended in a goalless draw and was watched by a crowd of 4,000. Pictured is an illustration of the game.
1858: John Landis Mason receives U.S. patent No. 22,186 for his invention known by his name -- the Mason jar. Mason developed and patented a shoulder-seal jar with a zinc screw cap. The jar has a threaded neck that fit with the threads in a metal cap to screw down to the shoulder of the jar and in this way form a seal.
1835: Samuel Langhorne Clemens is born in Florida, Missouri. Under the pen name Mark Twain, he would become one of America's greatest humorists, best known for his novel "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" and its sequel, "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn."
1803: In New Orleans, Spanish representatives officially transfer the Louisiana Territory to a French representative. Just 20 days later, France would sell the same land to the United States as the Louisiana Purchase for $15 million, or 3 cents an acre. The property included all of present-day Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa, Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska and parts of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, New Mexico, Texas, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and Louisiana.
1786: Peter Leopold Joseph of Habsburg-Lorraine, grand duke of Tuscany, promulgates a penal reform making his country the first state to abolish the death penalty. Consequently, Nov. 30 is commemorated by 300 cities around the world as "Cities for Life Day."
1782: In Paris, representatives from the United States and the Kingdom of Great Britain sign preliminary peace articles that would later be formalized as the 1783 Treaty of Paris, ending the American Revolutionary War.
1667: Writer and satirist Jonathan Swift, one of the English language's foremost prose satirists who would become best known for works such as "Gulliver's Travels" and "A Modest Proposal," is born in Dublin, Ireland.