Hollywood star Natalie Wood was found dead in the waters off Catalina Island on November 29, 1981, aged 43. The investigation into the circumstances around her death is still ongoing. Actors Christopher Walken and Robert Wagner (her husband) were among those on board the yacht she disappeared from. Nobody has ever been charged over her death.
The first openly gay man to serve in major elected office in the USA is shot and killed by one of his colleagues on November 27, 1978.
San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk was shot dead by former Supervisor Dan White, who was angry he was not being reappointed to the role he had resigned from two weeks earlier.
White had shot dead Mayor George Moscone (right) minutes earlier.
Milk's body was discovered by fellow Supervisor Dianne Feinstein, who would later become one of the US Senate's most fervent supporters of gun control measures.
In court, White's lawyers argued that his consumption of junk food reflected that he was mentally diminished at the time of the shooting.
The so-called "Twinkie Defence" worked. He was convicted of voluntary manslaughter and spent just five years in jail.
A London socialite and practical joker named Theodore Hook made a bet with a friend that he could turn any home into the most talked about address in London.
Then, on November 27, 1809, he arranged for 12 chimney sweeps, countless deliveries of coal, wedding cakes, pianos, fish and shoes to arrive at 54 Berners Street, belonging to a Mrs Tottenham.
By the end of the day, she had also received visits from the Lord Mayor, the Duke of York, the Governor of the Bank of England and the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Police spent hours clearing the streets of baffled tradespeople all making deliveries to the home.
They then offered an award to find the culprit.
Hook was watching from a neighbouring home across the street, but was never caught.
Hook was later appointed Treasurer for Mauritius because the Prince Regent was impressed by his knack for improvising songs.
He later drew a portrait mocking post office workers and sent it through the mail to himself, in what was both a practical joke and the world's first postcard.
Rather than allow Nazi Germany to take control of their ships, the French Navy scuttled close to its entire fleet on November 27, 1942.
The French deliberately sank three battleships, four heavy cruisers, 18 destroyers, 15 submarines and many other ships, mostly in Toulon harbour.
Several other submarines managed to escape to French North Africa.
The inventor of dynamite, Alfred Nobel, was stunned to read an obituary mistakenly published about him.
"The merchant of death is dead," the obituary read.
Troubled by how he would be remembered, on November 27, 1895, he publicly signed a will allocating his estate to the pursuit of science, literature and peace.
He died a year later. In 1901, the first Nobel prizes were awarded.
Midway through a news bulletin on November 25, 1977, a UK television broadcast was interrupted by an other-worldly voice.
The screen went blurry and the deep voice rang out.
"This is the voice of Vrillon, a representative of the Ashtar Galactic Command, speaking to you.
"For many years you have seen us as lights in the skies.
"We speak to you now in peace and wisdom as we have done to your brothers and sisters all over this, your planet Earth."
After speaking for six minutes, the broadcast interruption ended and the television channel reverted to a scheduled Looney Tunes cartoon.
The interruption has never been explained, though the station blamed a "hoaxer" jamming their transmission.
Florida's Secretary of State Katherine Harris certified the results of the closest presidential election in history on November 25, 2000.
George W. Bush prevailed in the state by 537 votes out of millions cast, giving him the presidency despite losing the nationwide popular vote.
Weeks later the Florida Supreme Court ordered a statewide recount of 61,000 ballots missed by vote tabulation machines.
But the Federal Supreme Court overruled the decision in a 5-4 majority, leaving the ballots uncounted and affirming Bush's victory.
Widely considered one of the greatest films of all time, Casablanca premieres in New York on November 26, 1942.
The film was intended to be released months later, but Warner Brothers rushed its premiere because the city of Casablanca had been captured by the Allies ten days earlier.
The movie was filmed entirely in Warner Brothers studios in Hollywood, save for this scene in front of a cardboard plane at a nearby airport.
Humphrey Bogart was standing on a block so he appeared taller than Ingrid Bergman, who was two inches taller than him.
US military chiefs on November 25, 1942, selected Los Alamos in New Mexico as the site to develop and test the atomic bomb.
The project would culminate in the building of the atomic bombs that were dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of World War II.
The Iran-Contra affair broke on November 25, 1986, engulfing the presidency of Ronald Reagan. The White House revealed that profits from secret arms sales to Iran had been diverted to rebels in Nicaragua.