Today in History - Nov. 22

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Posted: Nov 22, 2009 12:00 AM

Today is Sunday, Nov. 22, the 326th day of 2009. There are 39 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Nov. 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was shot to death while riding in a motorcade in Dallas. Texas Gov. John B. Connally was seriously wounded. 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 the Virginia coast.

In 1890, French president Charles de Gaulle was born in Lille, France.

In 1909, actress Helen Hayes made her Broadway debut at age 9, playing a "little mime" in the Victor Herbert musical comedy "Old Dutch."

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

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 met in Cairo to discuss measures for defeating Japan. Lyricist Lorenz Hart died in New York at age 48.

In 1965, the musical "Man of La Mancha" opened in New York.

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 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: During a visit to the former communist country of Bulgaria, President Bill Clinton promised tens of thousands of cheering Bulgarians in Sofia that "you, too, shall overcome" in their difficult struggle for democracy and prosperity.

Five years ago: Tens of thousands of demonstrators jammed downtown Kiev, denouncing Ukraine's presidential runoff election as fraudulent and chanting the name of their reformist candidate, Viktor Yushchenko, who ended up winning a revote the following month. Iran said it had frozen all uranium enrichment programs; President George W. Bush said he hoped the statement was true but added, "there must be verification."

One year 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.

Today's Birthdays: Movie director Arthur Hiller is 86. Actor Robert Vaughn is 77. Actor Michael Callan is 74. Actor Allen Garfield is 70. Animator and movie director Terry Gilliam is 69. Actor Tom Conti is 68. Singer Jesse Colin Young is 68. Astronaut Guion S. Bluford is 67. Tennis player Billie Jean King is 66. Rock musician-actor Steve Van Zandt (aka Little Steven) is 59. Rock musician Tina Weymouth (The Heads; Talking Heads; The Tom Tom Club) is 59. Retired baseball All-Star Greg Luzinski is 59. Rock musician Lawrence Gowan is 53. Actor Richard Kind is 53. Actress Jamie Lee Curtis is 51. Alt-country singer Jason Ringenberg (Jason & the Scorchers) is 51. Actress Mariel Hemingway is 48. Actor-turned-producer Brian Robbins is 46. Actor Stephen Geoffreys is 45. Rock musician Charlie Colin is 43. Actor Nicholas Rowe is 43. Actor Mark Ruffalo is 42. Tennis player Boris Becker is 42. Country musician Chris Fryar (Zac Brown Band) is 39. Actor-singer Tyler Hilton is 26. Actress Scarlett Johansson is 25. Actor Alden Ehrenreich is 20.

Thought for Today: "If we are strong, our strength will speak for itself. If we are weak, words will be no help." _ From the address President Kennedy never got to deliver in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963.