On this day: November 29

Published On: Nov 29 2012 12:22:18 AM CST   Updated On: Nov 29 2014 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 - Giacomo Puccini
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1924: Italian composer Giacomo Puccini, whose operas include "Madame Butterfly" and "La bohème," dies from a heart attack at the age of 65 before he could complete his final opera. The last two scenes of "Turandot" would be completed by Italian composer Franco Alfano based on the Puccini's sketches.

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