On this day: November 28

Published: Nov 28 2012 01:52:20 AM EST   Updated On: Nov 28 2014 02:00:00 AM EST

Magellan reaches the Pacific, William Shakespeare gets hitched, the Grand Ole Opry debuts, Olympic gymnast Nadia Comaneci defects, and Jeffrey Dahmer is killed in prison, all on this day.

OTD November 28 - Leslie Nielsen
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2010: Canadian-born American actor Leslie Nielsen, best known for his comical roles in movies such as "Airplane!" and the "Naked Gun" series, dies of pneumonia at the age of 84 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Nielsen, who had also served in the Royal Canadian Air Force and worked as a disc jockey before breaking into acting, started out his career with more serious roles, including positively reviewed parts in "Forbidden Planet" and "The Poseidon Adventure."

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