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Encyclopaedia Britannica | On This Day
November 27
Jimi Hendrix

FEATURED BIOGRAPHY

Jimi Hendrix

American musician

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Nobel Prize: medal

FEATURED EVENT

1895

Nobel Prizes established

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John Paul II
1983: The revised Code of Canon Law, signed by Pope John Paul II in January, took effect. [Test your knowledge of the history of Roman Catholicism.]
Harvey Milk
1978: Gay-rights activist Harvey Milk, who was one of the first openly gay elected officials in U.S. history, was assassinated in San Francisco; his killer, Dan White, was later convicted of manslaughter after successfully alleging that clinical depression had impaired his judgment.
Gerald Ford
1973: The U.S. Senate voted overwhelmingly in favour of Gerald R. Ford's succession to the vice presidency. [How much do you know about the history of American politics?]
Eugene O'Neill
1953: Eugene O'Neill, playwright and author of Long Day's Journey into Night, died at age 65. [Take our literary devices quiz.]
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1951: American filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow—who was the first woman to win an Oscar for best director, for The Hurt Locker (2008)—was born. [Test your knowledge of the Academy Awards.]

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1960

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prime minister of Ukraine

1897

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American gangster

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