today is sunday, nov. 11, the 315th day of 2018. there are 50 days left in the year. today’s highlight in history: on nov. 11, 1921, the remains of an unidentified american service member were interred in a tomb of the unknown soldier at arlington national cemetery in a ceremony presided over by president warren g. harding. on this date:
in 1620, 41 pilgrims aboard the mayflower, anchored off massachusetts, signed a compact calling for a “body politick.”
in 1831, former slave nat turner, who’d led a violent insurrection, was executed in jerusalem, virginia.
in 1918, fighting in world war i ended as the allies and germany signed an armistice in the forest of compiegne.
in 1942, during world war ii, germany completed its occupation of france.
in 1972, the u.s. army turned over its base at long binh to the south vietnamese, symbolizing the end of direct u.s. military involvement in the vietnam war.
Around the region
75 years ago: an east diamond avenue woman complained to police that a herd of goats were roaming about, causing damage. a woman on also filed a complaint that two cows were in a lot at church and 10th streets.
50 years ago: commanders of all veterans organizations in the area renewed their pleas with citizens to display their flags in observance of veterans day and the 50th anniversary of the signing of the armistice.
25 years ago: the state department of environmental resources said its investigation thus far indicates gasoline fumes which have been bothering residents of hazleton’s north side the past several weeks are the result of a leaky gas tank at tranguch tire & service co. on north church street.
americana roots singer/ songwriter chris smither is 74. singer marshall crenshaw is 65. actor stanley tucci is 58. actress demi moore is 56. actress calista flockhart is 54. actor leonardo dicaprio is 44. actress frankie shaw is 37. actress christa b. allen is 27. actor ian patrick is 16.
“old myths, old gods, old heroes have never died. they are only sleeping at the bottom of our mind, waiting for our call. we have need for them. they represent the wisdom of our race.” — stanley kunitz, american poet laureate (1905-2006).