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On This Day: November 30

This is the 334th day of the year.

Fact of the Day: three meals

Our eating three meals a day evolved somewhat naturally as most of us feel hungry about 4-5 hours after we have last eaten. The British used to eat five meals a day, New Zealanders about seven, and in the Middle Ages, the main meal began about 11 am and lasted several hours. During the 15th and 16th centuries, the main meal began a long, gradual shift to evening.


Scotland: National Day.

Feast day of St. Andrew the Apostle, St. Sapor, and St. Cuthbert Mayne.

Barbados: Independence Day.

Philippines: Bonifacio Day.

Benin: National Day.


1782 - The United States and Britain signed preliminary peace articles in Paris, ending the Revolutionary War.

1872 - The first international football (soccer) match was played, between Scotland and England in Glasgow. It ended with no score.

1886 - The "Folies Bergere" featuring women in sensational costumes, debuted in Paris.

1906 - President Theodore Roosevelt denounced segregation of Japanese schoolchildren in San Francisco.

1914 - Charlie Chaplin made his film debut in "Making a Living," a one-reel film.

1936 - London's famed Crystal Palace, built for the International Exhibition of 1851, was destroyed by fire.

1939 - The Russo-Finnish winter war began when Russia invaded Finland.

1962 - U Thant of Burma was elected Secretary-General of the United Nations, succeeding the late Dag Hammarskjold.

1966 - Barbados became independent of Britain.

1995 - Bill Clinton became the first U.S. president to visit Northern Ireland.


1667 - Jonathan Swift, Irish author and satirist.

1835 - Samuel Langhorne Clemens (Mark Twain), American author.

1874 - Sir Winston Churchill, British statesman.

1874 - Lucy Maud Montgomery, Canadian writer, known especially for her "Anne of Green Gables" series.

1929 - Dick Clark, TV producer and personality ("American Bandstand").

1955 - Billy Idol, English hard-rock musician.

1965 - Ben Stiller, American comedian, actor, and film director.


1900 - Oscar Wilde (Fingal O'Flahertie Wills), Irish poet and dramatist.

1979 - Zeppo Marx (Herbert Marx), American comedian and member of the Marx Brothers comic team.

1996 - Herbert Buckingham Khaury, better known as Tiny Tim, American singer, ukulele player, and musical archivist.

2004 - Pierre Berton, Canadian author, television personality, and journalist.

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