Today is Friday, Nov. 27, the 331st day of 2009. There are 34 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Nov. 27, 1909, author, poet and critic James Agee was born in Knoxville, Tenn.
On this date:
In 1701, astronomer Anders Celsius, inventor of the Celsius temperature scale, was born in Uppsala, Sweden.
In 1901, the U.S. Army War College was established in Washington, D.C.
In 1910, the Pennsylvania Railroad began regularly serving New York's Pennsylvania Station.
In 1939, the play "Key Largo," by Maxwell Anderson, opened at the Ethel Barrymore Theater in New York.
In 1942, during World War II, the French navy at Toulon scuttled its ships and submarines to keep them out of the hands of German troops.
In 1953, playwright Eugene O'Neill died in Boston at age 65.
In 1970, Pope Paul VI, visiting the Philippines, was slightly wounded at the Manila airport by a dagger-wielding Bolivian painter disguised as a priest.
In 1978, San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and City Supervisor Harvey Milk, a gay-rights activist, were shot to death inside City Hall by former supervisor Dan White.
In 1983, 181 people were killed when a Colombian Avianca Airlines Boeing 747 crashed near Madrid's Barajas airport.
In 1989, a bomb blamed on drug traffickers destroyed a Colombian Avianca Boeing 727, killing all 107 people on board and three people on the ground.
Ten years ago: Northern Ireland's biggest party, the Ulster Unionists, cleared the way for the speedy formation of an unprecedented Protestant-Catholic administration.
Five years ago: After 40 years in North Korea and less than one month in a U.S. military jail near Tokyo, U.S. Army deserter Charles Jenkins became a free man. The Ukraine parliament declared the recently held presidential election invalid.
One year ago: Indian commandoes fought to wrest control of two luxury hotels and a Jewish center from militants, a day after a chain of attacks across Mumbai. Iraq's parliament approved a pact requiring all U.S. troops to be out of the country by Jan. 1, 2012.
Today's Birthdays: Actor James Avery is 61. Producer-director Kathryn Bigelow ("The Hurt Locker") is 58. TV host Bill Nye ("Bill Nye, the Science Guy") is 54. Actor William Fichtner is 53. Caroline Kennedy is 52. Writer-producer-director Callie Khouri is 52. Rock musician Charlie Burchill (Simple Minds) is 50. Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is 49. Rock musician Charlie Benante (Anthrax) is 47. Rock musician Mike Bordin (Faith No More) is 47. Actor Fisher Stevens is 46. Actress Robin Givens is 45. Actor Michael Vartan is 41. Rapper Skoob (DAS EFX) is 39. Actor Kirk Acevedo is 38. Rapper Twista is 37. Actor Jaleel White is 33. Actress Alison Pill is 24.
Thought for Today: "You must be in tune with the times and prepared to break with tradition." _ James Agee (1909-1955).