Today in History
Today is Sunday, Nov. 26, the 330th day of 2017. There are 35 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Nov. 26, 1917, the National Hockey League was founded in Montreal, succeeding the National Hockey Association.
On this date:
In 1789, Americans observed a day of thanksgiving set aside by President George Washington to mark the adoption of the Constitution of the United States.
In 1864, English mathematician and writer Charles Dodgson presented a handwritten and illustrated manuscript, "Alice's Adventures Under Ground," to his 12-year-old friend Alice Pleasance Liddell; the book was later turned into "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland."
In 1933, a judge in New York ruled the James Joyce book "Ulysses" was not obscene and could be published in the United States.
In 1941, U.S. Secretary of State Cordell Hull delivered a note to Japan's ambassador to the United States, Kichisaburo Nomura (kee-chee-sah-boor-oh noh-moo-rah), setting forth U.S. demands for "lasting and extensive peace throughout the Pacific area." The same day, a Japanese naval task force consisting of six aircraft carriers left the Kuril Islands, headed toward Hawaii.
In 1942, the Warner Bros. motion picture "Casablanca," starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, had its world premiere at the Hollywood Theater in New York.
In 1950, China entered the Korean War, launching a counteroffensive against soldiers from the United Nations, the U.S. and South Korea.
In 1965, France launched its first satellite, the 92-pound Asterix, into orbit.
In 1973, President Richard Nixon's personal secretary, Rose Mary Woods, told a federal court that she'd accidentally caused part of the 18-1/2-minute gap in a key Watergate tape.
In 1986, President Ronald Reagan appointed a commission headed by former Senator John Tower to investigate his National Security Council staff in the wake of the Iran-Contra affair.
In 1990, Japanese business giant Matsushita (mat-soosh-tah) Electric Industrial Co. agreed to acquire MCA Corp., owner of Universal Studios, for $6.6 billion.
In 1991, the Stars and Stripes were lowered for the last time at Clark Air Base in the Philippines as the United States abandoned one of its oldest and largest overseas installations, which was damaged by a volcano.
In 1992, the British government announced that Queen Elizabeth II had volunteered to start paying taxes on her personal income, and would take her children off the public payroll.
Ten years ago: President George W. Bush met separately at the White House with the leaders of Israel and the Palestinian Authority a day ahead of a major Mideast peace conference in Annapolis, Maryland. President Bush greeted the 2007 Nobel Prize winners — including former Vice President Al Gore — in the Oval Office. Mississippi Sen. Trent Lott announced his retirement after a 35-year career in Congress. Washington Redskins star safety Sean Taylor, 24, was mortally wounded during a botched armed robbery at his home in Palmetto Bay, Florida. (Taylor died the next day.) Hall of Fame jockey Bill Hartack died in Freer, Texas, at age 74.
Five years ago: Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak abruptly quit politics, saying in a surprise announcement, "I feel I have exhausted my political activity, which had never been a special object of desire for me." New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie announced that he would be seeking re-election, so he could continue to guide the state through a recovery from Superstorm Sandy.
One year ago: Cuba said it would observe nine days of mourning for Fidel Castro, including a three-day journey by his ashes along the route taken by the rebel army he'd led on a victorious march across the island in 1959. Tony Award-winning character actor Fritz Weaver died in New York at age 90.
Today's Birthdays: Impressionist Rich Little is 79. Singer Tina Turner is 78. Singer Jean Terrell is 73. Pop musician John McVie is 72. Actress Marianne Muellerleile is 69. Actor Scott Jacoby is 61. Actress Jamie Rose is 58. Country singer Linda Davis is 55. Actor Scott Adsit is 52. Blues singer-musician Bernard Allison is 52. Country singer-musician Steve Grisaffe is 52. Actress Kristin Bauer is 51. Actor Peter Facinelli is 44. Actress Tammy Lynn Michaels Etheridge is 43. DJ/record label executive DJ Khaled (KAL'-ehd) is 42. Actress Maia (MY'-ah) Campbell is 41. Country singer Joe Nichols is 41. Contemporary Christian musicians Anthony and Randy Armstrong (Red) are 39. Actress Jessica Bowman is 37. Pop singer Natasha Bedingfield is 36. Country singer-musician Mike Gossin (Gloriana Rock) is 33. Rock musician Ben Wysocki (The Fray) is 33. Singer Lil Fizz is 32. Singer Aubrey Collins is 30. Actress-singer-TV personality Rita Ora is 27.
Thought for Today: "Some minds remain open long enough for the truth not only to enter but to pass on through by way of a ready exit without pausing anywhere along the route." — Sister Elizabeth Kenny, Australian nurse (1886-1952).