What Happened on November 29?

  • The United Nations approved a proposal to partition Palestine. (1947) Palestine was separated into one Arab state and one Jewish state, ending the British Mandate for Palestine. The approved proposal paved the way for the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948.

  • The first flight over the South Pole occurred. (1929) Admiral Richard Byrd and his crew flew an 18-hour round-trip flight from the Ross Ice Shelf base to the South Pole in a three-engine Ford Trimotor plane.

  • The Warren Commission was established to investigate US President Kennedy's assassination. (1963) US President Lyndon B. Johnson established the commission. Its report came almost a year later and presented findings that Lee Harvey Oswald had alone plotted and assassinated the president, and Jack Ruby had alone murdered Oswald. The findings to this day remain controversial.

  • Coffee rationing began in the US. (1942) Though there was plenty of supply, the ships used to transport coffee beans to the United States were needed for war efforts in World War II.

  • "Blue baby syndrome" was surgically corrected for the first time. (1944) The syndrome basically results from a lack of oxygen in the blood and is often caused by congenital heart defects, such as Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF). This particular defect was corrected for the first time on this day at Johns Hopkins Hospital by surgeon Alfred Blalock and assistant Vivien Thomas.

  • The first American football game was broadcast nationally on the radio. (1934) NBC radio set up a national radio network of 94 stations to broadcast the game. The Detroit Lions were defeated by the Chicago Bears, 19-16.

  • Pong, the first video game that became a commercial success, was released. (1972) Pong was released by Nolan Bushnell who was also the co-founder of the video game company, Atari. Pong is similar to digital tennis or ping-pong, and its great success was a big part of the early beginnings of the video game industry.

  • NASA launched the Mercury-Atlas 5 capsule with a chimpanzee aboard. (1961) The chimpanzee, Enos, and the capsule orbited the Earth twice. The spacecraft landed in the Pacific Ocean as planned, and Enos was no worse for wear.

  • A traffic light system was patented in the US for the first time. (1910) Earnest E. Sirrine was issued the patent, which allowed for a changeable traffic device that would be installed at street intersections to help regulate traffic flow. This first system had two display options: stop and go.

  • The first settlement in what is now Northern California was founded. (1777) El Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe, now known as San Jose, was founded as a Spanish colony.

  • The United States Naval Academy and the United States Military Academy battled on the football field for the first time. (1890) The Navy won the first Army-Navy game, 24-0, playing at West Point.

Frequently Asked Questions

What significant historical events occurred on November 29?

On November 29, several notable events have taken place throughout history. For instance, in 1947, the United Nations General Assembly passed Resolution 181, recommending the partition of Palestine and leading to the creation of the State of Israel. Additionally, in 1963, U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson established the Warren Commission to investigate the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. These events have had profound impacts on global politics and American history.

Are there any important scientific or technological breakthroughs that happened on November 29?

While November 29 is not commonly associated with major scientific or technological breakthroughs, it's worth noting that throughout history, various scientific observations and minor advancements may have occurred on this date. However, they may not be as widely recognized or documented as those on other dates. It's always possible that lesser-known discoveries or inventions were made on November 29 that contributed to the broader tapestry of scientific progress.

Has November 29 been a significant day for any cultural or artistic milestones?

November 29 has indeed been significant for cultural milestones. For example, the Beatles' album "The Beatles' Story" was released on November 29, 1964, marking an important date for music history and the legacy of one of the most influential bands of all time. Cultural events such as album releases, book publications, or notable performances often occur on this date, contributing to the rich cultural fabric of history.

What notable figures were born or died on November 29?

Several notable figures have been born on November 29, including author C.S. Lewis (1898), known for "The Chronicles of Narnia" series, and American statesman John Ambrose Fleming (1849), inventor of the vacuum tube. Additionally, prominent individuals have passed away on this date, such as Irish writer Oscar Wilde (1900), leaving behind a legacy of literary contributions and wit.

How has November 29 been observed or celebrated historically?

Historically, November 29 does not correspond with major international holidays or widespread celebrations. However, it may be marked by specific cultural or national observances depending on the year and location. For instance, certain historical events that occurred on this date, such as the UN's partition plan for Palestine, may be remembered or commemorated by communities and nations affected by those events.

Discussion Comments


Well, it seems the Israeli state was a fact long before anyone even mantioned a Palestinian state. They had their chance to make one, but they preferred to fight the new Israel, so sod them.


I don't know about the rest of you, but one thing I've always been interested in is the assassination of John F. Kennedy, and some of these "theories" in general, if that makes sense. The ones that people come up with to prove a point that doesn't even exist. However, what caught my attention the most in the bullet point, is when it said that the findings on President Kennedy's assassination remain controversial.

The reason why it caught my attention is because it really shows how more than often, we don't have all the facts, no matter how much we want to. While it's obviously true that he was assassinated, most people don't have all the facts on the whole situation, if any at all. Considering how this could also be the case for a lot of other things that have happened in the media and our nation, it really makes me wonder. How about you?


While many people do enjoy the fancy video games of this day and age, Pong is a good example of how not all video games have to be a sophisticated art. All in all, Pong is definitely as simple as they come, but it was and is revolutionary as well.

However, the best part about it, in my opinion, is that it actually allows you to think and have fun at the same time. In fact, let's take a look and compare it to some other video games in this day and age.

In most shooting games today, there's action on screen almost every second, and because of that, you never really get bored, or at least you're not supposed to. However, Pong is a lot more simple, as you usually don't see that much action on scree, if any at all. Some would see this as boring, but in some ways, that actually makes it even more engaging.

All in all, not only did Pong revolutionize the gaming industry, but even more so, it really shows how games back then were a lot more simple. They could be entertaining without being overly technical, if that makes sense.


It's interesting that traffic light systems date all the way back to 1910. In fact, if that's the case, before the lights were put onto the streets, I wonder how cars were able to get by, without causing so much chaos, that is. Based on what I've seen, I'm assuming that it was done the old fashioned way, and that there was someone who was constantly directing the traffic, using signs. Obviously, that probably wasn't the easiest way to do things, but sometimes, you have to do what you have to do.

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