There are 50 days left in the year.
This is Veterans Day in the U.S., Remembrance Day in Canada.
Today's Highlight in History:
- On Nov. 11, 1918, fighting in World War I came to an end with the signing of an armistice between the Allies and Germany.
On this date:
- In 1620, 41 Pilgrims aboard the Mayflower, anchored off Massachusetts, signed a compact calling for a "body politick."
- In 1831, former slave Nat Turner, who'd led a violent insurrection, was executed in Jerusalem, Va.
- In 1889, Washington became the 42nd state.
- In 1918, the Second Polish Republic declared its independence.
- In 1921, the remains of an unidentified American service member were interred in the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in a ceremony presided over by President Harding.
- In 1966, Gemini 12 blasted off from Cape Kennedy, Fla., with astronauts James A. Lovell and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin Jr. aboard.
- In 1968, the Republic of Maldvies was declared.
- In 1983, President Reagan became the first U.S. chief executive to address the Diet, Japan's national legislature.
- In 1988, police in Sacramento, Calif., found the first of seven bodies buried on the grounds of a boardinghouse. Landlady Dorothea Puente was later charged in the deaths of nine people; she was convicted of three murders and sentenced to life in prison.
- In 2004, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat died at a military hospital in Paris at age 75.
Ten years ago:
- President Clinton ordered warships, planes and troops to the Persian Gulf as he laid out his case for a possible attack on Iraq. Iraq, meanwhile, showed no sign of backing down from its refusal to deal with U.N. weapons inspectors.
- Israel's Cabinet narrowly ratified a land-for-peace agreement with the Palestinians.
Five years ago:
- President Bush's top foreign advisers summoned L. Paul Bremer, Iraq's U.S. administrator, for hurried White House talks focused on their growing frustrations with the Iraqi Governing Council and a logjam in transferring political power to Iraqis.
- In Galveston, Texas, millionaire Robert Durst was found not guilty of murdering Morris Black, an elderly neighbor whom Durst said he'd killed accidentally.
- Toronto's Roy Halladay won the American League Cy Young Award.
One year ago:
- President Gen. Pervez Musharraf said Pakistan would stick to its January schedule for parliamentary elections, but set no time limit on emergency rule.
- Marking his fifth Veterans Day since the invasion of Iraq, President Bush honored U.S. troops past and present at a tearful ceremony in Texas.
- Dancer-choreographer Nicholas Royce is 83.
- Comedian Jonathan Winters is 83.
- Jazz singer-musician Mose Allison is 81.
- Author Carlos Fuentes is 80.
- Country singer Narvel Felts is 70.
- Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., is 68.
- Rock singer-musician Vince Martell (Vanilla Fudge) is 63.
- Golfer Fuzzy Zoeller is 57.
- Pop singer-musician Paul Cowsill (The Cowsills) is 56.
- Rock singer-musician Andy Partridge (XTC) is 55.
- Singer Marshall Crenshaw is 55.
- Rock singer Dave Alvin is 53.
- Rock musician Ian Craig Marsh (Human League; Heaven 17) is 52.
- Actor Stanley Tucci is 48.
- Actress Demi Moore is 46.
- Actress Calista Flockhart is 44.
- Actor Philip McKeon is 44.
- Rock musician Scott Mercado is 44.
- TV personality Carson Kressley is 39.
- Actor David DeLuise is 37.
- Actor Adam Beach is 36.
- Actor Leonardo DiCaprio is 34.
- Rock musician Jonathan Pretus (Cowboy Mouth) is 27.
Thought for Today:
"If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is part of yourself. What isn't part of ourselves doesn't disturb us."
Herman Hesse, German novelist (1877-1962).
"Let's all be careful out there!"