Today in History

  • Thursday, November 21, 2013 4:24pm
  • Life

Today is Friday, Nov. 22, the 326th day of 2013. There are 39 days left in the year.

Today’s highlight:

On Nov. 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was shot to death during a motorcade in Dallas; Texas Gov. John B. Connally, in the same open car as the president, was seriously wounded. A suspect, Lee Harvey Oswald, was arrested.

On this date:

In 1718, English pirate Edward Teach, better known as “Blackbeard,” was killed during a battle off present-day North Carolina.

In 1862, Giuseppe Verdi’s opera “La Forza del Destino” had its world premiere in St. Petersburg, Russia.

In 1928, “Bolero” by Maurice Ravel was first performed, in Paris.

In 1930, listeners of the British Broadcasting Corp. heard, for the first time, radio coverage of an American college football game as Harvard defeated Yale, 13-0.

In 1935, a flying boat, the China Clipper, took off from Alameda, Calif., carrying more than 100,000 pieces of mail on the first trans-Pacific airmail flight.

In 1943, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Chinese leader Chiang Kai-shek (chang ky-shehk) met in Cairo to discuss measures for defeating Japan. Lyricist Lorenz Hart died in New York at age 48.

In 1954, the Humane Society of the United States was incorporated as the National Humane Society.

In 1965, the musical “Man of La Mancha” opened on Broadway.

In 1967, the U.N. Security Council approved Resolution 242, which called for Israel to withdraw from territories it had captured the previous June, and implicitly called on adversaries to recognize Israel’s right to exist.

In 1975, Juan Carlos was proclaimed King of Spain.

In 1986, Elzire Dionne, who gave birth to quintuplets in 1934, died at a hospital in North Bay, Ontario, Canada, at age 77.

In 1990, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, having failed to win re-election of the Conservative Party leadership on the first ballot, announced her resignation.

Ten years ago: The Medicare prescription drug bill narrowly passed the House, 220-215, following a dusk-to-dawn debate. Thousands of mourners gathered in downtown Dallas along the street where President John F. Kennedy was assassinated 40 years earlier. College student Dru Sjodin disappeared while leaving her job at a Grand Forks, N.D., mall. (Sjodin’s body was found in April 2004; a suspect, Alfonso Rodriguez Jr., was later convicted of kidnapping and murdering her and was sentenced to death.)

Five years ago: In the weekly Democratic radio address, President-elect Barack Obama promoted an economic plan he said would provide 2.5 million jobs, although his spokesman later clarified that the plan would “save and create” that many jobs. President George W. Bush snared fresh international support on the economy and North Korea at a Pacific Rim economic summit in Peru. A revised Nebraska safe-haven law took effect with a 30-day age limit, ending abandonments of older children. Rapper MC Breed died in Ypsilanti, Mich., at age 37, reportedly of kidney failure.

One year ago: The traditional “Black Friday” sales began even earlier than before, on Thanksgiving evening, as stores including Target and Toys R Us opened their doors in hopes that Americans would be willing to shop right after their Thanksgiving meal. Some of the people displaced by Superstorm Sandy had front-row seats to Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, while others enjoyed free holiday meals. In a series of constitutional amendments, Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi granted himself sweeping new powers and placed himself above judicial oversight.

Associated Press

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