2015 – United States: An active shooter inside a Planned Parenthood facility in Colorado Springs, Colorado, shoots at least four police officers. One officer later dies. Two civilians were also killed, and six injured. The shooter later surrendered.
2001 – A hydrogen atmosphere is discovered on the extrasolar planet Osiris by the Hubble Space Telescope, the first atmosphere detected on an extrasolar planet.
1999 – The centre-left Labour Party takes control of the New Zealand government with leader Helen Clark becoming the first elected female Prime Minister in New Zealand's history.
1978 – The Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) is founded in the city of Riha (Urfa) in Turkey.
1973 – Twenty-fifth Amendment: The United States Senate votes 92–3 to confirm Gerald Ford as Vice President of the United States. (On December 6, the House will confirm him 387–35).
1971 – The Soviet space program's Mars 2 orbiter releases a descent module. It malfunctions and crashes, but it is the first man-made object to reach the surface of Mars.
1968 – Penny Ann Early became the first woman to play major professional basketball, for the Kentucky Colonels in an ABA game against the Los Angeles Stars.
1965 – Vietnam War: The Pentagon tells U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson that if planned operations are to succeed, the number of American troops in Vietnam has to be increased from 120,000 to 400,000.
1954 – Alger Hiss is released from prison after serving 44 months for perjury.
1945 – CARE (then the Cooperative for American Remittances to Europe) was founded to a send CARE Packages of food relief to Europe after World War II.
1924 – In New York City, the first Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is held.
1896 – Also sprach Zarathustra by Richard Strauss is first performed.
1868 – American Indian Wars: Battle of Washita River: United States Army Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer leads an attack on Cheyenne living on reservation land.
1863 – American Civil War: Battle of Mine Run: Union forces under General George Meade take up positions against troops led by Confederate General Robert E. Lee.
1863 – American Civil War: Confederate cavalry leader John Hunt Morgan and several of his men escape the Ohio Penitentiary and return safely to the South.
1839 – In Boston, Massachusetts, the American Statistical Association is founded.
1703 – The first Eddystone Lighthouse is destroyed in the Great Storm of 1703.
1095 – Pope Urban II declares the First Crusade at the Council of Clermont.
1989 – Michael Floyd, American football player. He was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft, but was dismissed from the Cardinals during the 2016 season, after he was arrested on drinking and driving charges.
1986 – Steven Silva, American-Filipino footballer. Steven Joseph Lao Silva (born November 27, 1986 in Oceanside, California) is a Filipino-American footballer from Team Socceroo FC in the UFL Second Division.
1984 – Domata Peko, American football player. Domata Uluaifaasau Peko Sr (born November 27, 1984) is an American football nose tackle for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL).
1984 – Leslie Dewan, American entrepreneur. Dr.
1980 – Jackie Greene, American singer-songwriter and guitarist. He has a solo career and became a member of the Black Crowes in 2013, though the band broke up in 2015 before he could contribute any studio work.
1979 – Hilary Hahn, American violinist. She has also built a reputation as a champion of contemporary music.
1979 – Ricky Carmichael, American motocross racer. Ricky Carmichael (born November 27, 1979 in Clearwater, Florida) is a former motocross racer known for his success in motocross in the early 2000s, having won the AMA Motocross Championship 450cc class seven times and the AMA Supercross Championship 450cc class five times.
1978 – Jimmy Rollins, American baseball player. James Calvin Rollins (born November 27, 1978), nicknamed "J-Roll", is an American former professional baseball shortstop, who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Philadelphia Phillies (2000–2014), Los Angeles Dodgers (2015), and Chicago White Sox (2016).
1977 – Willie Bloomquist, American baseball player. Primarily an outfielder and shortstop, he played every position, aside from catcher and pitcher, during his baseball career.
1976 – Jaleel White, American actor and screenwriter. Jaleel Ahmad White (born November 27, 1976) is an American actor, voice actor, comedian, producer and writer.
1976 – Jean Grae, South African-American rapper and producer. Tsidi Ibrahim, November 26, 1976), known professionally as Jean Grae (formerly What? What?), is an American hip hop recording artist, emcee, producer, actress, and comedian from Brooklyn, New York City.
1975 – Martín Gramática, Argentinian-American football player. He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the third round of the 1999 NFL Draft.
1973 – Evan Karagias, American wrestler and actor. Evan Karagias (born November 27, 1973) is an American professional wrestler and actor.
1973 – Samantha Harris, American model and television host. Samantha Harris (born Samantha Harris Shapiro; November 27, 1973) is an American television presenter, model, and entertainment reporter known as the co-host of seasons two through nine of Dancing with the Stars with Tom Bergeron.
1973 – Twista, American rapper and producer. Carl Terrell Mitchell (born November 27, 1973), better known by his stage name Twista (formerly Tung Twista), is an American rapper.
1972 – Shane Salerno, American screenwriter and producer. He was chosen by director James Cameron to work on the four sequels to Avatar, set to release in 2020, 2021, 2023 and 2025.
1971 – Iván Rodríguez, Puerto Rican-American baseball player. Iván Rodríguez Torres (born November 27, 1971), nicknamed "Pudge", is a former Major League Baseball catcher.
1971 – Kirk Acevedo, American actor. He is primarily known for his work on television for the portrayals of Miguel Alvarez in the HBO series Oz, Joe Toye in Band of Brothers, FBI Agent Charlie Francis in the science-fiction series Fringe, and Jose Ramse in 12 Monkeys.
1971 – Larry Allen, American football player. Larry Christopher Allen Sr. (born November 27, 1971) is a former American football guard who played in the National Football League (NFL) for fourteen seasons.
1971 – Nick Van Exel, American basketball player and coach. Nickey Maxwell Van Exel (born November 27, 1971) is an American professional basketball coach and former player who is an assistant coach for the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
1969 – Myles Kennedy, American singer-songwriter. Myles Richard Bass (born November 27, 1969), known professionally as Myles Kennedy, is an American musician, singer, and songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist of the rock band Alter Bridge, and as the lead vocalist in guitarist Slash's backing band, known as Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators.
1968 – Michael Vartan, French-American actor. Vartan (born November 27, 1968) is a French-American actor, best known for his role as Michael Vaughn on the ABC television action drama Alias, his role on the TNT medical drama Hawthorne, and his role on the E! drama The Arrangement as Terence Anderson.
1965 – Danielle Ammaccapane, American golfer. Her daughter, with husband Rod Kesling, is child actor Laura Ann Kesling.
1964 – Robin Givens, American actress. Robin Simone Givens (born November 27, 1964) is an American model, stage, film, and television actress.
1963 – Fisher Stevens, American actor, director, and producer. His most recent successes include the 2010 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature for his film The Cove and the 2008 Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary Feature for his film Crazy Love.
1962 – Charlie Benante, American drummer and songwriter. Charles Lee Benante (born November 27, 1962, in The Bronx, New York) is an American musician best known as the drummer for thrash metal band Anthrax, as well as crossover thrash band Stormtroopers of Death.
1962 – Mike Bordin, American drummer. Michael Andrew "Mike" Bordin (born November 27, 1962 in San Francisco) is an American musician, best known as the drummer for rock band Faith No More.
1961 – Steve Oedekerk, American actor, director, and screenwriter. Oedekerk is best known for his collaborations with actor and comedian Jim Carrey and director Tom Shadyac (particularly the Ace Ventura franchise), his series of "Thumbmation" shorts and his film Kung Pow: Enter the Fist (2002).
1960 – Ken O'Brien, American football player and coach. Kenneth John O'Brien Jr. (born November 27, 1960) is a former American football quarterback who played in the National Football League for the New York Jets and Philadelphia Eagles.
1960 – Kevin Henkes, American author and illustrator. Two of his books were Newbery Medal Honor Books, Olive's Ocean in 2004 and The Year of Billy Miller in 2014.
1960 – Tim Pawlenty, American lawyer and politician, 39th Governor of Minnesota. Timothy James Pawlenty (/pəˈlɛnti/; born November 27, 1960) is an American businessman and politician.
1958 – Mike Scioscia, American baseball player and manager. Michael Lorri Scioscia (/ˈsoʊʃə/, SOH-shə; born November 27, 1958) is an American former Major League Baseball catcher and manager in Major League Baseball (MLB).
1957 – Callie Khouri, American director, producer, and screenwriter. It was inducted into the Library of Congress National Film Registry in December 2016.
1957 – Caroline Kennedy, American lawyer and diplomat, 29th United States Ambassador to Japan. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy.
1957 – Michael A. Stackpole, American game designer and author. Michael Austin Stackpole (born November 27, 1957) is an American science fiction and fantasy author best known for his Star Wars and BattleTech books.
1956 – William Fichtner, American actor. He is known for his roles as Sheriff Tom Underlay on Invasion and Alexander Mahone on Prison Break.
1955 – Bill Nye, American engineer, educator, and television host. William Sanford Nye (born November 27, 1955), popularly known as Bill Nye the Science Guy, is an American science communicator, television presenter, and mechanical engineer.
1953 – Curtis Armstrong, American actor, singer, and producer. Curtis Armstrong (born November 27, 1953) is an American actor best known for playing the roles of Booger in the Revenge of the Nerds movies, Herbert Viola on the TV series Moonlighting, Miles Dalby in the film Risky Business, famed record producer Ahmet Ertegün in the film Ray as well as for playing the role of Metatron on the TV series Supernatural.
1953 – Lyle Mays, American keyboardist and composer. Lyle David Mays (born November 27, 1953) is an American jazz pianist and composer best known as a member of the Pat Metheny Group.
1953 – Richard Stone, American composer (d. 2001). Sir John Richard Nicholas Stone CBE FBA (30 August 1913 – 6 December 1991) was an eminent British economist, educated at Westminster School, Cambridge University (Caius and King's), who in 1984 received the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for developing an accounting model that could be used to track economic activities on a national and, later, an international scale.
1952 – Jim Wetherbee, American captain, engineer, and astronaut. James Donald "Wxb" Wetherbee (born November 27, 1952) (Capt, USN, Ret.), is an American former naval officer and aviator, test pilot, aerospace engineer, and NASA astronaut.
1951 – Kathryn Bigelow, American director, producer, and screenwriter. Covering a wide range of genres, her films include Near Dark (1987), Point Break (1991), Strange Days (1995), K-19: The Widowmaker (2002), The Hurt Locker (2008), Zero Dark Thirty (2012), and Detroit (2017).
1947 – Neil Rosenshein, American tenor and actor. Neil Rosenshein (born November 27, 1947 in New York City) is an American operatic tenor, who sang leading tenor roles in the major American and European opera houses.
1946 – Richard Codey, American politician, 53rd Governor of New Jersey. He represents the 27th Legislative District, which covers the western portions of Essex County and the southeastern portion of Morris County.
1945 – Randy Brecker, American trumpeter and flugelhornist. His versatility has made him a popular studio musician who has recorded with acts in jazz, rock, and R&B.
1944 – Mickey Leland, American activist and politician (d. 1989), was an anti-poverty activist who later became a congressman from the Texas 18th District and chair of the Congressional Black Caucus. He was a Democrat.
1943 – Jil Sander, German fashion designer, founded Jil Sander AG. Heidemarie Jiline "Jil" Sander (German pronunciation: ; born 27 November 1943 in Wesselburen) is a minimalist German fashion designer and the founder of the Jil Sander fashion house.
1942 – Henry Carr, American football player and sprinter (d. 2015), was an American track and field athlete who won two gold medals at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.
1942 – Jimi Hendrix, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (d. 1970), was an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter. His mainstream career lasted only four years, but he is widely regarded as one of the most influential guitarists in history and one of the most celebrated musicians of the 20th century.
1942 – Marilyn Hacker, American poet and critic. She is Professor of English emerita at the City College of New York.
1941 – Eddie Rabbitt, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1998). His career began as a songwriter in the late 1960s, springboarding to a recording career after composing hits such as "Kentucky Rain" for Elvis Presley in 1970 and "Pure Love" for Ronnie Milsap in 1974.
1940 – Bruce Lee, American-Chinese actor, martial artist, and screenwriter (d. 1973), was a Hong Kong-American actor, director, martial artist, martial arts instructor, and philosopher. He was the founder of Jeet Kune Do, a hybrid martial arts philosophy drawing from different combat disciplines that is often credited with paving the way for modern mixed martial arts (MMA).
1939 – Dave Giusti, American baseball player and manager. David John Giusti, Jr. (born November 27, 1939) is a retired Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1962 to 1977.
1937 – Gail Sheehy, American journalist and author. Sheehy played a part in the movement Tom Wolfe called the New Journalism, sometimes known as creative nonfiction, in which journalists and essayists experimented with adopting a variety of literary techniques such as scene setting, dialogue, status details to denote social class, and getting inside the story and sometimes reporting the thoughts of a central character.
1935 – Les Blank, American director and producer (d. 2013), was an American documentary filmmaker best known for his portraits of American traditional musicians.
1935 – Willie Pastrano, American boxer (d. 1997), was a professional boxer who held the world light heavyweight crown from 1963 until 1965. He is the grandfather of New Orleans rapper Mr.
1934 – Al Jackson, Jr., American drummer, songwriter, and producer (d. 1975), was a left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball who played from 1959 to 1969. His 43 wins with the New York Mets were the franchise record until Tom Seaver eased past the mark in 1969.
1934 – Gilbert Strang, American mathematician and academic. William Gilbert Strang (born November 27, 1934), usually known as simply Gilbert Strang or Gil Strang, is an American mathematician, with contributions to finite element theory, the calculus of variations, wavelet analysis and linear algebra.
1933 – Gordon S. Wood, American historian and academic. Gordon Stewart Wood (born November 27, 1933) is an American historian and university professor at Brown University.
1930 – Joe DeNardo, American meteorologist, was an American meteorologist best known for his work at WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh. He was known for his 1994 campaign, "Joe Said It Would." DeNardo resided in Moon Township, Pennsylvania with his wife of almost 60 years.
1927 – William E. Simon, American soldier and politician, 63rd United States Secretary of the Treasury (d. 2000), was an American businessman, a Secretary of Treasury of the U.S. for three years, and a philanthropist. He became the 63rd Secretary of the Treasury on May 9, 1974, during the Nixon administration.
1925 – Marshall Thompson, American actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 1992), was an American film and television actor.
1923 – J. Ernest Wilkins Jr., American nuclear scientist, mechanical engineer and mathematician (d. 2011). He attended the University of Chicago at the age of 13, becoming its youngest ever student.
1922 – Hall Bartlett, American director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1993), was an American film producer, director, and screenwriter.
1921 – Dora Dougherty Strother, American pilot and academic (d. 2013). Dora Jean Dougherty Strother (also known as Dora Dougherty McKeown and/or Dora Strother McKeown; November 27, 1921 – November 19, 2013), was best known as a Woman Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) and B-29 Superfortress demonstration pilot.
1920 – Cal Worthington, American captain and car dealer (d. 2013). Calvin Coolidge Worthington (November 27, 1920 – September 8, 2013) was an American car dealer, best known on the West Coast of the United States, and to a more limited extent elsewhere, from minor appearances and parodies in a number of movies.
1917 – Buffalo Bob Smith, American actor and television host (d. 1998), was the host of the children's show Howdy Doody.
1916 – Chick Hearn, American sportscaster and actor (d. 2002). Known primarily as the play-by-play announcer for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association, Hearn was remembered for his rapid fire, staccato broadcasting style, associated with colorful phrases such as slam dunk, air ball, and no harm, no foul that have become common basketball vernacular, and for broadcasting 3,338 consecutive Lakers games starting on November 21, 1965.
1911 – David Merrick, American director and producer (d. 2000), was a prolific Tony Award-winning American theatrical producer.
1909 – James Agee, American novelist, screenwriter, and critic (d. 1955), was an American novelist, journalist, poet, screenwriter and film critic. In the 1940s, he was one of the most influential film critics in the U.S.
1907 – L. Sprague de Camp, American historian and author (d. 2000). Lyon Sprague de Camp (/ˌspreɪɡdəˈkæmp/; 27 November 1907 – 6 November 2000), better known as L.
1903 – Lars Onsager, Norwegian-American chemist and physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1976), was a Norwegian-born American physical chemist and theoretical physicist. He held the Gibbs Professorship of Theoretical Chemistry at Yale University.
1901 – Ted Husing, American sportscaster (d. 1962). He was among the first to lay the groundwork for the structure and pace of modern sports reporting on television and radio.
1897 – Vito Genovese, Italian-American mob boss (d. 1969), was an Italian-American mobster who rose to power during Prohibition as an enforcer in the American Mafia. A long-time associate and childhood friend of Charles Luciano, Genovese took part in the Castellammarese War and helped shape the rise of the Mafia and organized crime in the United States.
1894 – Katherine Milhous, American author and illustrator (d. 1977), was an American artist, illustrator, and writer. She is known best as the author and illustrator of The Egg Tree, which won the 1951 Caldecott Medal for U.S. picture book illustration.
1894 – Konosuke Matsushita, Japanese businessman, founded Panasonic (d. 1989), was a Japanese industrialist who founded Panasonic, the largest Japanese consumer electronics company.
1878 – Charles Dvorak, American pole vaulter and coach (d. 1969), was an American track and field athlete who specialized in the pole vault. He attended the University of Michigan where he competed for the Michigan Wolverines men's track and field team from 1900 to 1904.
1874 – Charles A. Beard, American historian, author, and educator, co-founded The New School (d. 1948), was an American historian, writing primarily during the first half of the 20th century. For a while he was a history professor at Columbia University but his influence came from hundreds of monographs, textbooks and interpretive studies in both history and political science.
1859 – William Bliss Baker, American painter (d. 1886), was an American artist who began painting just as the Hudson River School was winding down. Baker began his studies in 1876 at the National Academy of Design, where he studied with Bierstadt and de Haas.
1845 – Frederic Crowninshield, American artist and author (d. 1918). Crowningshield was born in Boston on November 27, 1845 into the Crowninshield family.
1843 – Cornelius Vanderbilt II, American businessman (d. 1899), was an American socialite, businessman, and a member of the prominent United States Vanderbilt family. He was the favorite grandson of Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt, who bequeathed him $5 million, and the eldest son of William Henry "Billy" Vanderbilt (who bequeathed him about $70 million) and Maria Louisa Kissam.
1746 – Increase Sumner, American lawyer, jurist, and politician, 5th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1799), was an American lawyer, jurist, and politician from Massachusetts. He was the fifth governor of Massachusetts, serving from 1797 to 1799.
2015 – Garrett Swasey, American figure skater and coach (b. 1971)
2014 – Fernance B. Perry, Portuguese-American businessman and philanthropist (b. 1922)
2013 – Herbert F. DeSimone, American lawyer and politician, Attorney General of Rhode Island (b. 1929)
2013 – Lewis Collins, English-American actor (b. 1946)
2012 – Jack Wishna, American photographer and businessman, co-founded Rockcityclub (b. 1958)
2012 – Marvin Miller, American businessman and union leader (b. 1917)
2012 – Mickey Baker, American guitarist (b. 1925)
2010 – Irvin Kershner, American actor, director, and producer (b. 1923)
2009 – Al Alberts, American singer-songwriter (b. 1922)
2007 – Bill Willis, American football player and coach (b. 1921)
2007 – Robert Cade, American physician and academic, co-invented Gatorade (b. 1927)
2007 – Sean Taylor, American football player (b. 1983)
2006 – Bebe Moore Campbell, American author and educator (b. 1950)
2006 – Casey Coleman, American sportscaster (b. 1951)
2006 – Don Butterfield, American tuba player (b. 1923)
2005 – Jocelyn Brando, American actress (b. 1919)
2002 – Billie Bird, American actress (b. 1908)
1999 – Elizabeth Gray Vining, American author and librarian (b. 1902)
1999 – Yasuhiro Kojima, Japanese-American wrestler and trainer (b. 1937)
1998 – Barbara Acklin, American singer-songwriter (b. 1943)
1997 – Buck Leonard, American baseball player and educator (b. 1907)
1988 – John Carradine, American actor (b. 1906)
1980 – F. Burrall Hoffman, American architect, designed the Villa Vizcaya (b. 1882)
1978 – George Moscone, American lawyer and politician, 37th Mayor of San Francisco (b. 1929)
1978 – Harvey Milk, American lieutenant and politician (b. 1930)
1975 – Ross McWhirter, English author and activist, co-founded the Guinness Book of Records (b. 1925)
1970 – Helene Madison, American swimmer and nurse (b. 1913)
1958 – Artur Rodziński, Polish-American conductor (b. 1892)
1953 – Eugene O'Neill, American playwright, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1888)
1934 – Baby Face Nelson, American criminal (b. 1908)
1931 – Lya De Putti, Slovak-American actress (b. 1899)
1901 – Clement Studebaker, American businessman, co-founded Studebaker (b. 1831)
1830 – André Parmentier, Belgian-American architect (b. 1780)
1811 – Andrew Meikle, Scottish engineer, designed the threshing machine (b. 1719)