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This day in history

Friday, Nov. 30, is the 335th day of 2012. There are 31 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Actor Efrem Zimbalist Jr. is 94. Actor Robert Guillaume is 85. Radio talk show host G. Gordon Liddy is 82. Director Ridley Scott is 75. Director Terrence Malick is 69. Playwright David Mamet is 65. Actor Mandy Patinkin is 60. Singer Billy Idol is 57. Former football and baseball player Bo Jackson is 50. Actor Ben Stiller is 47. Singer Clay Aiken is 34. Actress Elisha Cuthbert is 30.

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

In 1803, Spain completed the process of ceding Louisiana to France, which had sold it to the United States.

In 1835, Samuel Langhorne Clemens (Mark Twain) was born in Florida, Mo.

In 1874, British statesman Sir Winston Churchill was born at Blenheim Palace.

In 1900, Irish writer Oscar Wilde died in Paris at age 46.

In 1987, American author James Baldwin died in Saint Paul de Vence, France, at age 63.

In 2007, a man took hostages at a Hillary Clinton campaign office in Rochester, N.H.; Leeland Eisenberg surrendered five hours later. Daredevil Evel Knievel died in Clearwater, Fla., at age 69.

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