This Day in History: Nov. 29

The first Army-Navy football game is played; 'Today' show host Matt Lauer is fired for 'inappropriate sexual behavior.'

On this day, Nov. 29 ...

2017: "Today" show host Matt Lauer is fired for "inappropriate sexual behavior" during the 2014 Sochi Olympics after an accuser comes forward in a secret meeting with NBC executives.

Also on this day:

  • 1864: A Colorado militia kills at least 150 Cheyenne Indians in the Sand Creek Massacre.
  • 1890: The first Army-Navy football game is played at West Point, N.Y.; Navy defeats Army, 24-0.
  • 1929: Navy Lt. Cmdr. Richard E. Byrd, pilot Bernt Balchen, radio operator Harold June and photographer Ashley McKinney make the first airplane flight over the South Pole.
  • 1961: Enos the chimp is launched from Cape Canaveral aboard the Mercury-Atlas 5 spacecraft, which would orbit Earth twice before returning.
  • 1963: President Johnson names a commission headed by Earl Warren to investigate the assassination of President Kennedy.
  • 1972: The coin-operated video arcade game Pong, created by Atari, makes its debut at Andy Capp’s Tavern in Sunnyvale, Calif.
  • 1981: Actress Natalie Wood drowns in a boating accident off Santa Catalina Island, Calif., at age 43.
  • 1986: Actor Cary Grant dies in Davenport, Iowa, at age 82..
  • 2001: George Harrison, the “quiet Beatle,” dies at age 58 in Los Angeles following a battle with cancer.
  • 2017: North Korea says it has launched a new type of intercontinental ballistic missile that some observers believed could put the entire U.S. East Coast within range.
  • 2017: Garrison Keillor, who’d entertained public radio listeners for 40 years on “A Prairie Home Companion,” is fired by Minnesota Public Radio following allegations of inappropriate workplace behavior.
  • 2017: The House approves a measure requiring annual anti-harassment training for lawmakers and aides.
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