Today in History

November 30, 2016

Today is Wednesday, Nov. 30, the 335th day of 2016. There are 31 days left in the year.

Today’s highlight in history:

On Nov. 30, 1782, the United States and Britain signed preliminary peace articles in Paris for ending the Revolutionary War; the Treaty of Paris was signed in Sept. 1783.

On this date:

In 1835, Samuel Langhorne Clemens — better known as Mark Twain — was born in Florida, Mo.In 1939, the Winter War began as Soviet troops invaded Finland. (The conflict ended the following March with a Soviet victory.)In 1982, the Michael Jackson album “Thriller” was released by Epic Records.

Ten years ago: President George W. Bush met in Jordan with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki; Bush said the United States would speed a turnover of security responsibility to Iraqi forces but assured al-Maliki that Washington was not looking for “some kind of graceful exit” from Iraq.

Today’s birthdays: Movie director Ridley Scott is 79. Actor Mandy Patinkin is 64. Singer Billy Idol is 61. Former football and baseball player Bo Jackson is 54. Actress Sandra Oh is 46.