Lodi News-Sentinel - - Opinion -

Today is Tues­day, Nov. 14, the 318th day of 2017. There are 47 days left in the year.

Today’s High­light in His­tory On Nov. 14, 1889, in­spired by the Jules Verne novel “Around the World in Eighty Days,” New York World re­porter Nel­lie Bly (El­iz­a­beth Cochrane) set out to make the trip in less time than the fic­tional Phileas Fogg. (She com­pleted the jour­ney in 72 days.)

On this date • In 1851, Her­man Melville’s novel “Moby-Dick; Or, The Whale” was pub­lished in the United States, al­most a month af­ter be­ing re­leased in Bri­tain.

• In 1910, Eu­gene B. Ely be­came the first avi­a­tor to take off from a ship as his Cur­tiss pusher rolled off a slop­ing plat­form on the deck of the scout cruiser USS Birm­ing­ham off Hamp­ton Roads, Va.

• In 1925, the first group ex­hi­bi­tion of sur­re­al­is­tic paint­ings opened at the Ga­lerie Pierre in Paris.

• In 1940, dur­ing World War II, Ger­man planes de­stroyed most of the English town of Coven­try.

• In 1954, the pres­i­dent of Egypt, Muham­mad Naguib, was de­posed by the Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Com­mand Coun­cil, leav­ing Ga­mal Ab­del Nasser fully in charge as act­ing head of state.

• In 1965, the U.S. Army’s first ma­jor mil­i­tary op­er­a­tion of the Viet­nam War be­gan with the start of the five-day Bat­tle of Ia Drang. (The fight­ing be­tween Amer­i­can troops and North Viet­namese forces ended on Nov. 18 with both sides claim­ing vic­tory.)

• In 1969, Apollo 12 blasted off for the moon.

• In 1970, a char­tered South­ern Air­ways DC-9 crashed while try­ing to land in West Vir­ginia, killing all 75 peo­ple on board, in­clud­ing the Mar­shall Univer­sity foot­ball team and its coach­ing staff.

• In 1986, the Se­cu­ri­ties and Ex­change Com­mis­sion im­posed a $100 mil­lion penalty on in­sid­e­trader Ivan F. Boesky and barred him from work­ing again in the se­cu­ri­ties in­dus­try.

• In 1996, Car­di­nal Joseph Bernardin, the se­nior Ro­man Catholic prelate in the United States and leader of Chicago’s 2.3 mil­lion Catholics, died at his home at age 68. Singer Michael Jack­son mar­ried his plas­tic sur­geon’s nurse, Debbie Rowe, in a cer­e­mony in Syd­ney, Aus­tralia. (Rowe filed for di­vorce in 1999.)

• In 1997, a jury in Fair­fax, Va., de­cided that Pak­istani na­tional Ai­mal Khan Kasi should get the death penalty for gun­ning down two CIA em­ploy­ees out­side agency head­quar­ters. (Five years later on this date, Ai­mal Khan Kasi was ex­e­cuted.)

Ten years ago • Michael Mukasey took a cer­e­mo­nial oath as the new U.S. At­tor­ney Gen­eral, five days af­ter he was pri­vately sworn in. A jus­tice of the peace in Las Ve­gas or­dered O.J. Simp­son to stand trial on kid­nap­ping and armed rob­bery charges stem­ming from a con­fronta­tion with mem­o­ra­bilia deal­ers in a casino ho­tel room. (Simp­son was con­victed and served nine years in prison be­fore be­ing paroled in Sept. 2017.) The prime min­is­ters of North and South Korea launched their first talks in 15 years.

Five years ago • Pres­i­dent Barack Obama, in his first news con­fer­ence since win­ning a sec­ond term, chal­lenged con­gres­sional Repub­li­cans to let taxes rise on the wealth­i­est Amer­i­cans, say­ing that would ease the threat of an­other re­ces­sion as the na­tion faced a “fis­cal cliff.” Is­rael said it had killed the leader of Ha­mas’ mil­i­tary wing in a wave of airstrikes launched in re­sponse to days of rocket fire out of Ha­mas-ruled Gaza. Baseball’s Cy Young Awards went to Tampa Bay’s David Price in the Amer­i­can League and R.A. Dickey of the New York Mets in the Na­tional League.

One year ago • In his first ex­tended remarks on the elec­tion, Pres­i­dent Barack Obama aban­doned his dire warn­ings and dark pre­dic­tions about his newly elected suc­ces­sor and urged Amer­i­cans to give Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump time to rise to the daunt­ing re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of the of­fice. Corey Sea­ger of the Los An­ge­les Dodgers won the Na­tional League Rookie of the Year award unan­i­mously and Detroit’s Michael Ful­mer took the Amer­i­can League honor. Gwen Ifill, co-an­chor of PBS’ “NewsHour,” died in Wash­ing­ton at age 61. Coun­try singer Holly Dunn, 59, died in Al­bu­querque, New Mex­ico.

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