On this day: November 29

Published On: Nov 29 2012 12:22:18 AM CST   Updated On: Nov 29 2016 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 - Robert McNamara
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Department of Defense

1967: In the midst of the Vietnam War, U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara announces his pending resignation and that he'll become president of the World Bank. When he left office on Feb. 29, 1968, he did so as the longest-serving secretary of defense ever, amassing 2,595 days between 1961 and 1969. President Lyndon B. Johnson awarded him both the Medal of Freedom and the Distinguished Service Medal for his efforts.

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