On this day: November 29

Published On: Nov 29 2012 12:22:18 AM CST   Updated On: Nov 29 2015 01:00:00 AM CST

Edison shows off his phonograph, atom bomb testing heads underground, a chimpanzee orbits the Earth, the Pong craze begins, and the world loses another Beatle, all on this day.

OTD November 29 - Horace Greeley
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1872: Journalist and politician Horace Greeley, who famously advised "Go West, young man, go West and grow up with the country" in a July 1865 editorial, dies at age 61 in Pleasantville, New York. Greeley was also a founder of the Liberal Republican Party and a staunch opponent of slavery. He ran for U.S. president in 1872 but lost in a landslide, becoming the only presidential candidate to have died prior to the counting of electoral votes.

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