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This Day in History, November 27

Tuesday, November 27, 2012    

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Today is Tuesday, November 27, the 332nd day of 2012. There are 34 days left in the year.

Today's highlight:

1967: Israeli forces raze Arab buildings in the Gaza Strip and on the West Bank in response to Arab attacks, while the return of some Arab refugees from the East Bank to the Israeli-occupied West Bank resumes.

Other events:

1582: William Shakespeare marries Anne Hathaway.

1703: Coastal storm in England takes estimated 8,000 lives.

1919: Bulgaria signs World War I peace treaty, which yields territory to Greece and Yugoslavia.

1926: Communists revolt in Java, Indonesia.

1940: Germany annexes French province of Lorraine during World War II.

1962: Britain agrees to provide arms to India to resist Chinese aggression.

1983: A huge rally called by all Uruguayan political parties demands the end of the dictatorship and return to civilian democratic rule.

1990: John Major is elected prime minister of Britain.

1992: Rebels who try to take over Venezuela by bombing the Presidential Palace are defeated by troops 12 hours later.

1998: Sensing growing popular pressure to get troops out of Lebanon, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promises a thorough review of Israel's policy.

1999: Northern Ireland's biggest party clears the way for the formation of an unprecedented Protestant-Catholic administration, the long-elusive goal of the 1998 Good Friday peace accord.

2000: The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (Tamil Tigers) rebels prepare to hold unconditional peace negotiations with the government to end Sri Lanka's 17-year-long civil war.

2001: US Assistant Secretary of State William Burns and retired Marine Corps General Anthony Zinni meet with top Israeli and Palestinian officials as part of a US peace initiative.

2002: Prominent Pakistani doctor Dr Amer Azia, who admitted to treating Osama bin Laden and other al-Qaeda leaders before and after the September 11, 2001 attacks says that the terrorist mastermind is in excellent health and showed no signs of kidney failure.

2005: Chechens vote in their first parliamentary elections since Russia sent troops back to the Caucasus region six years before to crush a separatist insurgency.

2007: The Dalai Lama announces that the Tibetan people will hold a referendum before he dies to decide whether a new system of leadership would better serve the struggle for self-determination.

2011: In an unprecedented move against an Arab nation, the Arab League approves economic sanctions on Syria to pressure Damascus to end its deadly suppression of an 8-month-old uprising against President Bashar Assad.

Today's Birthdays:

Anders Celsius, Swedish astronomer and inventor of Celsius scale (1701-1744); Bruce Lee, Chinese-American actor (1940-

1973); Jimi Hendrix, American rock guitarist (1942-1970); Michael Vartan, French actor (1968--).

— AP

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