On This Day, November 29th
1. 2001: George Harrison of the Beatles passes away
It was a sad day for Beatles fans all over the world when it was announced that lead guitarist George Harrison had passed away. He suffered from numerous health issues, including surgery for throat cancer in 1998. The year leading up to his passing, Harrison also received treatment for a brain tumor as well as lung cancer so the poor guy had a rough year, to say the least. According to reports, fellow Beatle Paul McCartney said that he looked at George as his baby brother and that his wonderful sense of humor will be missed. Harrison passed while at Gavin DeBecker’s home, who was a longtime friend, and luckily people closest to him like his wife and son were there with him during his last moments. Harrison is responsible for composing some of the Beatles most popular songs such as “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” among many others. According to many, he was a great and honorable man who dearly missed, but his spirit will live on through the music he made forever.
2. 2011: Michael Jackson’s doctor sentenced to four years in prison
When Michael Jackson passed away due to cardiac arrest in June of 2009, he had his personal doctor, Conrad Murray, by his side. It was later determined that Murray had administered lethal doses of the powerful sedative Propofol which ultimately lead to the pop icon’s death. Murray was eventually convicted of involuntary manslaughter and it was on this date in 2011 that he received his sentence of four years in prison for his involvement in Jackson’s death. Jackson suffered from numerous ailments that required him to have a doctor on standby all the time, and when you’re the “King of Pop” you can afford to have that luxury. Dr. Murray had apparently been giving Jackson doses of Propofol almost every night for the two months leading up to his death. Normally used as a highly potent sedative for general anesthesia, the Dr. was administering it as a sleep aid due to Jackson’s severe insomnia.
3. 1963: President Johnson establishes the Warren Commission
It was on this date in 1963 that President Johnson established what we know now as the Warren Commission, just one week after the assassination of John F Kennedy. The commission wad headed up by Chef Justice of the Supreme Court Earl Warren and its sole purpose was to investigate the assassination of the deceased President Kennedy. Over the next 10 months, they would go through countless statements and gathered a mountain of evidence which ultimately led to them submitting an 888-page report on September 24, 1964, to President Johnson. The report was made public three days later and the conclusion of the report was the Lee Harvey Oswald had acted alone in the shooting and that all three shots had come from his rifle up in the Depository.