Nov. 29: U.N. Partitions Palestine 1947; Natalie Wood Dies 1981


1947 United Nations Partitions Palestine, Creates Israel

Following World War II, the United Nations partitioned Palestine.  U.N.’s Resolution 181 replaced the previous British Mandate for Palestine.  It divided up Palestine into two separate states, one Jewish state and one Arab state.  Leaders of the Jewish community supported the plan, but leaders of the Arab community did not because they felt it violated the rights of the majority of Palestine’s population.  Arab-Israeli war broke out when the resolution went into effect in 1948.


1967 Robert McNamara Resigns

In Nov. 1967, Robert McNamara announced his resignation as Secretary of Defense.  Earlier in the month, President Johnson rejected McNamara’s recommendations toward a peaceful resolution to the war in Vietnam.  After leaving his post as Secretary of Defense, McNamara went on to become president of the World Bank.


1981 Natalie Wood Dies

Actress Natalie Wood drowned off the coast of California’s Catalina Island.  She had been boating with husband Robert Wagner and actor Christopher Walken on the night of her death.  Wood’s roster of films include “Miracle on 34th Street,” “Rebel Without a Cause” and “West Side Story.”


1984 Bob Dole as Senate Majority Leader

Bob Dole’s first day as Senate Republican leader.



Famous Birthdays

1832 Louisa May Alcott

1898 C. S. Lewis

1954 Joel Coen

1955 Howie Mandel

1959 Rahm Emanuel

1964 Andrew McCarthy

1964 Don Cheadle

1964 Tom Sizemore

1968 Jonathan Knight

1968 Howard K. Stern

1969 Mariano Rivera

1976 Anna Faris

1982 Lucas Black

1991 Zac Sunderland



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