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This day in history

Today is Saturday, Nov. 28, the 332d day of 2015. There are 33 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Recording executive Berry Gordy Jr. is 86. Former Democratic senator Gary Hart of Colorado is 79. Singer Randy Newman is 72. Former ‘‘Late Show’’ orchestra leader Paul Shaffer is 66. Actor Ed Harris is 65. Former NASA teacher in space Barbara Morgan is 64. Actress S. Epatha Merkerson is 63. Actor Judd Nelson is 56. Comedian Jon Stewart is 53.

In 1520, Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan reached the Pacific Ocean after passing through the South American strait that now bears his name.


In 1905, Sinn Fein was founded in Dublin.

In 1942, nearly 500 people died in a fire that destroyed the Cocoanut Grove nightclub in Boston.

In 1964, the United States launched the space probe Mariner 4 on a course toward Mars, which it flew past in July 1965, sending back pictures of the red planet.

In 1979, an Air New Zealand DC-10 en route to the South Pole crashed into a mountain in Antarctica, killing all 257 people aboard.

In 2001, Enron Corp. collapsed after would-be rescuer Dynegy Inc. backed out of an $8.4 billion takeover deal.

In 2010, WikiLeaks began disclosing over 250,000 private cables written by US diplomats, divulging candid comments from world leaders and detailing occasional US pressure tactics aimed at hot spots in Afghanistan, Iran, and North Korea.

Last year, Pope Francis urged Muslim leaders to condemn the ‘‘barbaric violence’’ being committed in the name of Islam.