1972 – Atari announces the release of Pong, the first commercially successful video game.
1947 – First Indochina War: French forces carry out a massacre at Mỹ Trạch, Vietnam.
1929 – U.S. Admiral Richard E. Byrd leads the first expedition to fly over the South Pole.
1902 – The Pittsburgh Stars defeated the Philadelphia Athletics, 11–0, at the Pittsburgh Coliseum, to win the first championship associated with an American national professional football league.
1890 – The Meiji Constitution goes into effect in Japan, and the first Diet convenes.
1877 – Thomas Edison demonstrates his phonograph for the first time.
1872 – American Indian Wars: The Modoc War begins with the Battle of Lost River.
1864 – American Civil War: Battle of Spring Hill: A Confederate advance into Tennessee misses an opportunity to crush the Union Army. General John Bell Hood is angered, which leads to the Battle of Franklin.
1864 – American Indian Wars: Sand Creek massacre: Colorado volunteers led by Colonel John Chivington massacre at least 150 Cheyenne and Arapaho noncombatants inside Colorado Territory.
1777 – San Jose, California, is founded as Pueblo de San José de Guadalupe by José Joaquín Moraga. It is the first civilian settlement, or pueblo, in Alta California.
1776 – American Revolutionary War: The Battle of Fort Cumberland, Nova Scotia, comes to an end with the arrival of British reinforcements.
1990 – Sheldon Richardson, American football player. Sheldon Adam Richardson (born November 29, 1990) is an American football defensive tackle for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL).
1988 – Dana Brooke, American wrestler and bodybuilder. She is signed to WWE, where she performs on the SmackDown brand under the ring name Dana Brooke.
1988 – Russell Wilson, American football player. Russell Carrington Wilson (born November 29, 1988) is an American football quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL).
1985 – Shannon Brown, American basketball player. Basketball in 2003, and played college basketball for Michigan State University.
1980 – Janina Gavankar, American actress and singer. She majored in Theatre Performance at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
1979 – Jayceon Terrell Taylor, American rapper "Game". Dre's signees under Aftermath.
1979 – Neal Horgan, American-Irish footballer. Neal Horgan (born 29 November 1979, in San Francisco) is a professional footballer who has played for some years for Cork City in the League of Ireland Premier Division.
1976 – Anna Faris, American actress. Her other films include The Hot Chick (2002), Lost in Translation (2003), Brokeback Mountain (2005), My Super Ex-Girlfriend (2006), Smiley Face (2007), The House Bunny (2008), What's Your Number? (2011), The Dictator (2012), and Overboard (2018).
1976 – Chris Akins, American football player. Christopher Drew Akins (born November 29, 1976) is a former American football safety in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers, Cleveland Browns, New England Patriots and Miami Dolphins.
1976 – Lindsay Benko, American swimmer. Lindsay Dianne Benko (born November 29, 1976), also known by her married name as Lindsay Mintenko, is an American former competition swimmer, Olympic gold medalist, and former world record-holder.
1972 – Brian Baumgartner, American actor and producer. He is best known for playing Kevin Malone in the NBC sitcom, The Office.
1972 – Jamal Mashburn, American basketball player and sportscaster. Nicknamed the "Monster Mash," Mashburn was a prolific scorer as a small forward in his 12 seasons in the league, with a career scoring average of 19.1 points per game.
1970 – Larry Joe Campbell, American actor and director. Lawrence Joseph Campbell (born November 29, 1970) is an American actor and comedian best known for his role as "Andy" on the ABC sitcom According to Jim.
1969 – Kasey Keller, American soccer player, manager, and sportscaster. Keller (born November 29, 1969) is an American former soccer player who played professionally in Europe and the United States, as well as being the starting goalkeeper for the U.S. national team.
1969 – Mariano Rivera, Panamanian-American baseball player. Mariano Rivera (born November 29, 1969) is a Panamanian-American former professional baseball pitcher who played 19 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the New York Yankees, from 1995 to 2013.
1968 – Jonathan Knight, American singer-songwriter and dancer. It also includes Donnie Wahlberg, Joey McIntyre, Danny Wood and his younger brother, Jordan.
1965 – Ellen Cleghorne, American comedian and actress. Ellen Cleghorne (born November 29, 1965) is an American actress and comedian, best known as a cast member of Saturday Night Live from 1991 to 1995.
1964 – Don Cheadle, American actor and producer. His collaboration with director Steven Soderbergh resulted in the films Out of Sight (1998), Traffic (2000) and The Ocean's Trilogy (2001–2007).
1963 – Will Downing, American singer-songwriter and producer. He is married to singer Audrey Wheeler, who was a member of the R&B group Unlimited Touch.
1962 – Andrew McCarthy, American actor and director. Elmo's Fire, Pretty in Pink, and Less Than Zero.
1960 – Cathy Moriarty, American actress. She also starred in films, including Neighbors, White of the Eye, Soapdish, Casper, Analyze That, and The Bounty Hunter.
1959 – Neal Broten, American ice hockey player. He is the older brother of Aaron and Paul Broten.
1959 – Rahm Emanuel, American businessman and politician, 44th Mayor of Chicago. A member of the Democratic Party, he previously served as the 23rd White House Chief of Staff from 2009 to 2010, and as a member of the United States House of Representatives from Chicago between 2003 and 2009.
1959 – Rich Camarillo, American football player and coach. Richard Jon Camarillo (born November 29, 1959) is a former professional American Football punter who played 16 seasons in the NFL for the New England Patriots (1981–1987), Los Angeles Rams (1988), Phoenix Cardinals (1989–1993), Houston Oilers (1994–1995), and Oakland Raiders (1996).
1957 – Janet Napolitano, American lawyer, academic, and politician, 3rd United States Secretary of Homeland Security. She was elected to the American Philosophical Society in 2018.
1957 – Jennifer Batten, American guitarist, songwriter, and producer. She has released three studio albums: her 1992 debut, Above Below and Beyond (produced by former Stevie Wonder guitarist Michael Sembello), the worldbeat-influenced Jennifer Batten's Tribal Rage: Momentum in 1997, and Whatever, which was released on CD and DVD in Japan in September 2007 and worldwide in April 2008.
1957 – Matthew Rubel, American businessman. Rubel (born November 29, 1957) is an American entrepreneur and investor.
1956 – Eric Laakso, American football player (d. 2010), was a NFL offensive tackle and guard who played seven seasons with the Miami Dolphins, a tenure which included two Super Bowls. After high school at Killingly in Danielson, CT he attended Tulane University, where he majored in civil engineering and played offensive tackle from 1975 to 1977 and was honored as the 1976–77 Tulane Athlete of the year.
1956 – Hinton Battle, German-American actor, dancer, and choreographer. He was the first to portray the Scarecrow in the stage version of The Wiz (a role assumed by Michael Jackson in the 1978 film adaptation).
1954 – Joel Coen, American director, producer, and screenwriter. Joel Coen (born November 29, 1954) and Ethan Coen (born September 21, 1957), collectively referred to as the Coen brothers (/ˈkoʊən/), are American filmmakers.
1952 – Jeff Fahey, American actor and producer. Jeffrey David Fahey (born November 29, 1952) is an American film and television actor.
1951 – Barry Goudreau, American guitarist and songwriter. Barry Goudreau (born November 29, 1951) is a musician, best known as one of the original guitarists for the rock band Boston.
1951 – Roger Troutman, American singer-songwriter and producer (d. 1999), was an American singer, composer, songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist and the founder of the band Zapp who helped spearhead the funk movement and heavily influenced West Coast hip hop due to the scene's heavy sampling of his music over the years. Troutman was well known for his use of the talk box, a device that is connected to an instrument (frequently a keyboard, but most commonly a guitar) to create different vocal effects.
1949 – Dutch Mantel, American wrestler and manager. Wayne Maurice Keown (born November 29, 1949) is an American professional wrestling manager, booker and retired professional wrestler, better known by the ring name Dutch Mantel (also spelled Dutch Mantell).
1949 – Garry Shandling, American comedian, actor, and screenwriter (d. 2016), was an American stand-up comedian, actor, director, writer, and producer. He was best known for his work in It's Garry Shandling's Show and The Larry Sanders Show.
1949 – Jerry Lawler, American wrestler and sportscaster. Jerry O'Neil Lawler (born November 29, 1949), better known as Jerry "The King" Lawler, is an American professional wrestler and color commentator signed to WWE as a commentator for Monday Night Raw.
1947 – Ronnie Montrose, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (d. 2012), was an American rock guitarist, who led the bands Montrose (1973-77 & 1987) and Gamma (1979-83 & 2000) and also performed and did session work with a variety of musicians, including Van Morrison (1971–72), Herbie Hancock (1971), Beaver & Krause (1971), Boz Scaggs (1971), Edgar Winter (1972 & 1996), Gary Wright (1975), The Beau Brummels (1975), Dan Hartman (1976), Tony Williams (1978), The Neville Brothers (1987), Marc Bonilla (1991 & 1993) and Sammy Hagar (1997). The first Montrose album was often cited as "America's answer to Led Zeppelin" and Ronnie Montrose was often referred to as one of the most influential guitarists in American hard rock.
1946 – Suzy Chaffee, American skier. Suzanne Stevia "Suzy" Chaffee (born November 29, 1946) is a former Olympic alpine ski racer and actress.
1943 – Bobbi Martin, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 2000), was an American country and pop music singer, songwriter, and guitarist. She grew up and began her singing career in Baltimore, working her way up from local venues onto the national nightclub circuit.
1943 – Sue Miller, American novelist and short story writer. Sue Miller (born November 29, 1943) is an American novelist and short story writer who has written a number of best-selling novels.
1942 – Ann Dunham, American anthropologist and academic (d. 1995), was an American anthropologist who specialized in the economic anthropology and rural development of Indonesia. She was the mother of Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States.
1942 – Felix Cavaliere, American singer-songwriter, pianist, and producer. Felix Cavaliere (born November 29, 1942) is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and musician.
1942 – Maggie Thompson, American author and critic. Margaret "Maggie" Thompson (born Margaret Curtis on November 29, 1942), is a former librarian, longtime editor of the now-defunct Comics Buyer's Guide (a comic book industry news magazine), science fiction fan and collector of comics.
1941 – Bill Freehan, American baseball player, coach, and sportscaster. William Ashley Freehan (born November 29, 1941) is an American former professional baseball player.
1940 – Chuck Mangione, American horn player and composer. Charles Frank Mangione (/mændʒiˈoʊni/; born November 29, 1940) is an American flugelhorn player, trumpeter and composer.
1940 – Henry T. Yang, Taiwanese/Chinese-American engineer and academic. Henry Tzu-Yow Yang (Chinese: 楊祖佑; born November 29, 1940) is a Chinese American engineer and educator currently serving as the fifth chancellor of the University of California, Santa Barbara, a post he has held since 1994.
1939 – Peter Bergman, American actor and screenwriter (d. 2012). Cliff Warner on All My Children (1979–89) as well as Jack Abbott on The Young and the Restless (1989–present).
1935 – Diane Ladd, American actress. For the 1974 film Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, she won the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
1934 – Willie Morris, American writer (d. 1999), was an American writer and editor born in Jackson, Mississippi, though his family later moved to Yazoo City, Mississippi, which he immortalized in his works of prose. Morris' trademark was his lyrical prose style and reflections on the American South, particularly the Mississippi Delta.
1933 – James Rosenquist, American painter and illustrator (d. 2017), was an American artist and one of the protagonists in the pop art movement. Drawing from his background working in sign painting, Rosenquist's pieces often explored the role of advertising and consumer culture in art and society, utilizing techniques he learned making commercial art to depict popular cultural icons and mundane everyday objects.
1928 – Ernie Vossler, American golfer (d. 2013), was an American professional golfer who played on the PGA Tour; he later prospered in the fields of golf course design and construction, golf course management services and real estate development.
1927 – Vin Scully, American sportscaster and game show host. His run constitutes the longest tenure of any broadcaster with a single team in professional sports history, and he is second only to Tommy Lasorda (by two years) in terms of number of years associated with the Dodgers organization in any capacity.
1924 – Charles E. Mower, American sergeant, Medal of Honor recipient (d. 1944). Mower (November 29, 1924 – November 3, 1944) was a United States Army soldier and a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration—the Medal of Honor—for his actions in World War II.
1924 – Jane Freilicher, American painter and poet (d. 2014), was an American representational painter of urban and country scenes from her homes in lower Manhattan and Water Mill, Long Island. She was a member of the informal New York School beginning in the 1950s, and a muse to several of its poets and writers.
1923 – Chuck Daigh, American race car driver (b. 2008), was an American racing car driver. He broke into Grand Prix racing through Lance Reventlow's Scarab team, through the virtue of being one of the resident engineers.
1922 – Michael Howard, English-American historian, author, and academic. Michael Howard, Baron Howard of Lympne, CH, PC, QC (born 7 July 1941), is a British politician who served as Leader of the Conservative Party and Leader of the Opposition from November 2003 to December 2005.
1922 – Minnie Miñoso, Cuban-American baseball player and coach (d. 2015). Orestes "Minnie" Miñoso (born Saturnino Orestes Armas Miñoso Arrieta, /mɪˈnoʊsoʊ/; Spanish pronunciation: , November 29, 1925 – March 1, 2015), nicknamed "The Cuban Comet" and "Mr.
1920 – Joseph Shivers, American chemist and academic, developed spandex (d. 2014), was an American textile chemist who was based in West Chester, Pennsylvania, best known for his role in the structural development of Spandex, a thermoplastic elastomer, in the 1950s, while employed at DuPont.
1919 – Joe Weider, Canadian-American bodybuilder and publisher, co-founded the International Federation of BodyBuilding & Fitness (d. 2013), was a Canadian bodybuilder and entrepreneur who co-founded the International Federation of BodyBuilders (IFBB) alongside his brother Ben Weider. He was also the creator of the Mr.
1918 – Madeleine L'Engle, American author and poet (d. 2007), was an American writer of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and young adult fiction, including A Wrinkle in Time and its sequels: A Wind in the Door, A Swiftly Tilting Planet, Many Waters, and An Acceptable Time, a real pentalogy. Her works reflect both her Christian faith and her strong interest in science.
1917 – Merle Travis, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1983), was an American country and western singer, songwriter, and guitarist born in Rosewood, Kentucky, United States. His songs' lyrics often discussed both the lives and the economic exploitation of American coal miners.
1916 – Fran Ryan, American actress and comedian (d. 2000), was an American character actress featured in television and films. She was born in Los Angeles, California.
1915 – Billy Strayhorn, American pianist and composer (d. 1967), was an American jazz composer, pianist, lyricist, and arranger, best remembered for his long-time collaboration with bandleader and composer Duke Ellington that lasted nearly three decades. His compositions include "Take the 'A' Train", "Chelsea Bridge", "A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing", and "Lush Life".
1904 – Egon Eiermann, German architect, designed the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church (d. 1970), was one of Germany's most prominent architects in the second half of the 20th century.
1901 – Mildred Harris, American actress (d. 1944), was an American film actress during the early part of the 20th century. Harris began her career in the film industry as a child actress when she was 11 years old.
1895 – Busby Berkeley, American director and choreographer (d. 1976), was an American film director and musical choreographer.
1876 – Nellie Tayloe Ross, American educator and politician, 14th Governor of Wyoming (d. 1977), was an American politician, the 14th governor of Wyoming from 1925 to 1927 and director of the United States Mint from 1933 to 1953. She was the first woman to be sworn in as governor of a U.S. state, and remains the only woman to have served as governor of Wyoming.
1873 – Suzan Rose Benedict, American mathematician and academic (d. 1942), was the first woman awarded a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Michigan and had a long teaching career at Smith College.
1832 – Louisa May Alcott, American novelist and poet (d. 1888), was an American novelist, short story writer and poet best known as the author of the novel Little Women (1868) and its sequels Little Men (1871) and Jo's Boys (1886). Raised in New England by her transcendentalist parents, Abigail May and Amos Bronson Alcott, she grew up among many of the well-known intellectuals of the day, such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry David Thoreau, and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
1831 – Frederick Townsend Ward, American sailor and soldier (d. 1862), was an American sailor and soldier of fortune known for his military service in Imperial China during the Taiping Rebellion.
1823 – La Fayette Grover, American lawyer and politician, 4th Governor of Oregon (d. 1911), was a Democratic politician and lawyer from the U.S. state of Oregon. He was the fourth Governor of Oregon, represented Oregon in the United States House of Representatives, and served one term in the United States Senate.
1816 – Morrison Waite, American jurist and politician, 7th Chief Justice of the United States (d. 1888), was an attorney, judge, and politician from Ohio. He served as the seventh Chief Justice of the United States from 1874 to his death in 1888.
1803 – Gottfried Semper, German architect and academic, designed the Semper Opera House (d. 1879), was a German architect, art critic, and professor of architecture, who designed and built the Semper Opera House in Dresden between 1838 and 1841. In 1849 he took part in the May Uprising in Dresden and was put on the government's wanted list.
1799 – Amos Bronson Alcott, American philosopher and academic (d. 1888), was an American teacher, writer, philosopher, and reformer. As an educator, Alcott pioneered new ways of interacting with young students, focusing on a conversational style, and avoided traditional punishment.
1798 – Alexander Brullov, Russian painter and architect, designed the Pulkovo Observatory (d. 1877), was changed according to Russian pronunciation, sometimes also spelled Brulloff; 29 November 1798 – 9 January 1877) was a Russian artist associated with Russian Neoclassicism.
1752 – Jemima Wilkinson, American evangelist (d. 1819), was an American preacher born in Cumberland, Rhode Island, to Quaker parents. Wilkinson suffered a severe illness in 1776 and reported having died and been reanimated as a genderless evangelist named the Public Universal Friend, and afterward shunned both birth name and gendered pronouns.
2015 – Otto Newman, Austrian-American sociologist and academic (b. 1922)
2014 – Dick Bresciani, American businessman (b. 1938)
2014 – Dwayne Alons, American general and politician (b. 1946)
2014 – Mark Strand, Canadian-born American poet, essayist, and translator (b. 1934)
2013 – Brian Torrey Scott, American playwright and screenwriter (b. 1976)
2013 – Oliver Cheatham, American singer-songwriter (b. 1948)
2012 – Buddy Roberts, American wrestler and manager (b. 1945)
2012 – Merv Pregulman, American football player and businessman (b. 1922)
2011 – Patrice O'Neal, American stand-up comedian (b. 1969)
2010 – Stephen J. Solarz, American academic and politician (b. 1940)
2008 – Jørn Utzon, Danish architect, designed the Sydney Opera House (b. 1918)
2007 – Henry Hyde, American lawyer and politician (b. 1924)
2007 – Ralph Beard, American basketball player (b. 1927)
2004 – Harry Danning, American baseball player and coach (b. 1911)
2004 – John Drew Barrymore, American actor (b. 1932)
2001 – John Knowles, American novelist (b. 1926)
2001 – Mic Christopher, American-Irish singer-songwriter and guitarist (b. 1969)
1999 – Gene Rayburn, American game show panelist and host (b. 1917)
1996 – Dan Flavin, American sculptor and illustrator (b. 1933)
1993 – J. R. D. Tata, French-Indian pilot and businessman, founded Tata Motors and Tata Global Beverages (b. 1904)
1991 – Ralph Bellamy, American actor (b. 1904)
1986 – Cary Grant, English-American actor (b. 1904)
1981 – Natalie Wood, American actress (b. 1938)
1980 – Dorothy Day, American journalist and activist, co-founded the Catholic Worker Movement (b. 1897)
1974 – James J. Braddock, American boxer (b. 1905)
1972 – Carl Stalling, American pianist and composer (b. 1888)
1970 – Robert T. Frederick, American general (b. 1907)
1957 – Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Czech-American pianist and composer (b. 1897)
1954 – Dink Johnson, American pianist, clarinet player, and drummer (b. 1892)
1953 – Sam De Grasse, Canadian-American actor (b. 1875)
1942 – Boyd Wagner, American colonel and pilot (b. 1916)
1941 – Frank Waller, American sprinter and hurdler (b. 1884)
1847 – Marcus Whitman, American physician and missionary (b. 1802)
1797 – Samuel Langdon, American pastor, theologian, and academic (b. 1723)