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Sunday, November 23, 2008


Today is Sunday, Nov. 23, the 328th day of 2008.
There are 38 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

  • On Nov. 23, 1765, Frederick County, Md., became the first colonial entity to repudiate the British Stamp Act.

On this date:

  • In 1804, the 14th president of the United States, Franklin Pierce, was born in Hillsboro, N.H.
  • In 1889, the first jukebox made its debut in San Francisco, at the Palais Royale Saloon.
  • In 1903, singer Enrico Caruso made his American debut at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York, appearing in "Rigoletto."
  • In 1936, Life, the photojournalism magazine created by Henry R. Luce, was first published.
  • In 1943, during World War II, U.S. forces seized control of Tarawa and Makin atolls from the Japanese.
  • In 1945, most U.S. wartime rationing of foods, including meat and butter, was set to expire by day's end.
  • In 1963, President Johnson proclaimed Nov. 25 a day of national mourning following the assassination of President Kennedy.
  • In 1971, the People's Republic of China was seated in the U.N. Security Council.
  • In 1980, some 2,600 people were killed by a series of earthquakes that devastated southern Italy.
  • In 1996, a hijacked Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 767 crashed into the waves off Comoros Islands, killing about two-thirds of the 175 people on board.

Ten years ago:
  • Whitewater figure Susan McDougal was acquitted in Santa Monica, Calif., of embezzling from conductor Zubin Mehta and his wife — a case McDougal said had been trumped up to pressure her to testify against President Clinton.

Five years ago:
  • Five U.S. soldiers were killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan.
  • Eduard Shevardnadze resigned as president of Georgia in the face of protests.

One year ago:
  • Saudi Arabia and other Arab nations grudgingly agreed to attend an upcoming U.S.-sponsored Mideast peace conference, despite failing to get any guarantee of Israeli concessions.
  • Lebanon's President Emile Lahoud left office without a successor after announcing he was handing over security powers to the army.
  • A Canadian cruise ship, the MS Explorer, struck submerged ice off Antarctica and began taking on water, but all 154 passengers and crew took to lifeboats and were plucked to safety by a passing cruise ship.

Today's Birthdays:
  • Broadway composer Jerry Bock is 80.
  • Former Labor Secretary William E. Brock is 78.
  • Actor Franco Nero is 67.
  • Screenwriter Joe Eszterhas is 64.
  • Actor Steve Landesberg is 63.
  • Actor-comedy writer Bruce Vilanch is 60.
  • Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., is 58.
  • Singer Bruce Hornsby is 54.
  • Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., is 53.
  • Actor Maxwell Caulfield is 49.
  • Actor John Henton is 48.
  • TV personality Robin Roberts ("Good Morning America") is 48.
  • Rock singer-musician Ken Block (Sister Hazel) is 42.
  • Rock musician Charlie Grover is 42.
  • Actress Salli Richardson-Whitfield is 41.
  • Actor Oded Fehr is 38.
  • Rapper Kurupt (Tha Dogg Pound) is 36.
  • Actor Page Kennedy is 32.
  • Actress Kelly Brook is 29.
  • Actor Lucas Grabeel is 24.
  • Actress-singer Miley Cyrus (TV: "Hannah Montana") is 16.
  • Actor Austin Majors is 13.

Thought for Today:
"I'm a realist and so I think regretting is a useless occupation. You help no one with it. But you can't live without illusions even if you must fight for them, such as 'love conquers all.' It isn't true, but I would like it to be."
Marlene Dietrich, German-born actress (1901-1992).

"Let's all be careful out there!"