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On November the 30th
1998 
Derman, Deutsche Bank, bought American, Bankers Trust, for 10 billion USD forming the largest financial institution in the world.
1994 
A fire broke out aboard the cruise ship, Achille Lauro, while on the Indian Ocean forcing all passengers to abandon ship. The ship sank 2 days later. This particular cruise ship had gained worldwide notoriety when in 1985 Palestinian terrorists hijacked the liner and murdered an American passenger.
1988 
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. bought RJR Nabisco for 25 billion USD. It was one of the biggest leveraged buyouts in history.
1979 
The music band, Pink Floyd, released their 'The Wall' album.
1967 
The People's Republic of South Yemen became independent from the United Kingdom. In 1990 it merged with the Yemen Arab Republic to form the country of Yemen.
1966 
The island nation of Barbados became independent from the United Kingdom.
1960 
The DeSoto automobile brand ceases to be produced. DeSoto produced cars between 1928 and 1961 and was owned by the Chrysler Corporation.
1936 
In London, the Crystal Palace was destroyed by fire. It was erected in Hyde Park to host the Great Exhibition of 1851.
1900 
Irish writer, Oscar Wilde, died at the age of 46. He is considered as one of the most important literary figures of the Victorian era. He was imprisoned for 2 years, due to his homosexual encounters with numerous young boys. Apart from his numerous plays, he wrote only one novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, which is considered as one of the classics of Modern Western literature.
1835 
American writer, Samuel Clemens, was born in Missouri. He is most known by his pen name, Mark Twain. He is one of the most celebrated writers in American history and one of the few writers of his era that enjoyed enormous popularity while he was alive. He wrote such classics as, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
1782 
The American Revolutionary War came to an end as the United States and Britain signed a preliminary peace treaty in Paris, France.
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