On November 28:
1520 Three ships under the command of Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan reached the Pacific Ocean, becoming the first Europeans to sail from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific.
1582 William Shakespeare and Anne Hathaway paid a £40 bond for their marriage licence.
1628 John Bunyan, English cleric and author. was born.
1632 Jean-Baptiste Lully, French composer, was born.
1660 12 men, including Christopher Wren, Robert Boyle, John Wilkins, and Sir Robert Moray at Gresham College decided to found what became the Royal Society.
Mace of the Royal Society, granted by King Charles II.
1757 – William Blake, British poet, was born.
1814 The Times in London was for the first time printed by automatic, steam powered presses built by the German inventors Friedrich Koenig and Andreas Friedrich Bauer, signaling the beginning of the availability of newspapers to a mass audience.
1820 Friedrich Engels, German philosopher, was born.
1821 Panama separated from Spain and joined Gran Colombia.
1829 Anton Rubinstein, Russian composer, was born.
1843 The Kingdom of Hawaii was officially recognized by the United Kingdom and France as an independent nation.
1893 Women voted in a general election New Zealand for the first time.
1904 Nancy Mitford, British essayist, was born.
1905 Irish nationalist Arthur Griffith founded Sinn Féin as a political party with the main aim of establishing a dual monarchy in Ireland.
1912 Albania declared its independence from the Ottoman Empire.
1919 Lady Astor was elected as a Member of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. She was the first woman to sit in the House of Commons. (Countess Markiewicz, the first to be elected, refused to sit).
1933 Hope Lange, American actress, was born.
1948 Beeb Birtles, Dutch-Australian musician/singer-songwriter; co-founding member of Little River Band, was born.
1960 Mauritania became independent of France.
1961 Martin Clunes, British actor, was born.
1962 Matt Cameron, American drummer (Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, was born.
1964 NASA launched the Mariner 4 probe toward Mars.
1975 East Timor declared its independence from Portugal.
1977 Greg Somerville, New Zealand rugby union footballer, was born.
1979 Air New Zealand Flight TE901, a DC-10 operated sightseeing flight over Antarctica, crashed into Mount Erebus, killing all 257 people on board.
1987 South African Airways flight 295 crashes into the Indian Ocean, killing all 159 people on-board.
1991 South Ossetia declared independence from Georgia.
2008 An Air NZ Airbus A320 crashed off the coast of France.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.