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This day in history

Thursday, Nov. 29, is the 334th day of 2012. There are 32 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Hall of Fame sportscaster Vin Scully is 85. Former French President Jacques Chirac is 80. Blues singer John Mayall is 79. Actress Diane Ladd is 77. Comedian Garry Shandling is 63. Director Joel Coen is 58. Actor-comedian Howie Mandel is 57. Homeland Security Director Janet Napolitano is 55. The mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, is 53. Actress Cathy Moriarty is 52. Actor Don Cheadle is 48. Singer Jonathan Knight (New Kids on the Block) is 44.

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In 1924, composer Giacomo Puccini died in Brussels before he could complete his opera ‘‘Turandot.’’ (It was finished by Franco Alfano.)

In 1947, the UN General Assembly passed a resolution calling for the partitioning of Palestine between Arabs and Jews.

In 1981, actress Natalie Wood drowned off Santa Catalina Island, Calif., at age 43.

In 1986, actor Cary Grant died in Davenport, Iowa, at age 82.

In 2001, George Harrison, the ‘‘quiet Beatle,’’ died in Los Angeles following a battle with cancer; he was 58.

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