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Base­ball Hall of Famer

Whitey Her­zog is 87. Base­ball Hall of Famer Bob Gib­son is 83. Ac­tor Char­lie Robin­son is 73. Movie di­rec­tor Bille Au­gust is 70. Ac­tor Robert David Hall is

70. Ac­tor Lou Fer­rigno is

67. Sen. Sher­rod Brown, D-Ohio, is 66. Gospel singer Don­nie McClurkin is

59. Rap­per Pepa (Salt-N-Pepa) is 49. Rap­per

Scar­face (Geto Boys) is 48. Blues singer Su­san Tedeschi is 48. Ac­tor Eric Dane is 46. Singer Nick Lachey (98 De­grees) is 45. Coun­try mu­si­cian Barry Knox (Parmalee) is 41. R&B singer Sisqo (Dru Hill) is

40. Coun­try singer Corey Smith is 39. Coun­try singer

Chris Lane is 34. Ac­tress

Emily Tyra is 31. Ac­tress

Nikki Blon­sky is 30.

TO­DAY IN HIS­TORY

In 1620, the pas­sen­gers and crew of the Mayflower sighted Cape Cod.

In 1938, Nazis looted and burned syn­a­gogues as well as Jewish-owned stores and houses in Ger­many and Aus­tria in a pogrom or de­lib­er­ate per­se­cu­tion that be­came known as “Kristall­nacht.”

In 1961, U.S. Air Force Maj. Robert M. White be­came the first pi­lot to fly an X-15 rocket plane at six times the speed of sound. The Bea­tles’ fu­ture man­ager, Brian Ep­stein, first saw the group per­form at The Cav­ern Club in Liver­pool, Eng­land.

In 1965, the great North­east black­out be­gan as a se­ries of power fail­ures last­ing up to 13 1/2 hours left 30 mil­lion peo­ple in seven states and part of Canada with­out elec­tric­ity.

In 1967, a Saturn V rocket car­ry­ing an un­manned Apollo space­craft blasted off from Cape Kennedy on a suc­cess­ful test flight.

In 1970, for­mer French Pres­i­dent Charles de Gaulle died at age 79.

In 1976, the U.N. Gen­eral Assem­bly ap­proved res­o­lu­tions con­demn­ing apartheid in South Africa, in­clud­ing one char­ac­ter­iz­ing the white-ruled govern­ment as “il­le­git­i­mate.”

In 1989, com­mu­nist East Ger­many threw open its borders, al­low­ing cit­i­zens to travel freely to the West; joy­ous Ger­mans danced atop the Ber­lin Wall.

In 2000, Ge­orge W. Bush’s lead over Al Gore in all-or-noth­ing Florida slipped be­neath 300 votes in a sus­pense-filled re­count, as Democrats threw the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion to the courts, claim­ing “an in­jus­tice un­par­al­leled in our his­tory.”

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