TO­DAY IN HIS­TORY

The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT) - - KICK OFF -

TO­DAY’S HIGH­LIGHT Nov. 12, 1942

The World War II naval Bat­tle of Guadal­canal be­gan. (The Al­lies ended up win­ning a ma­jor vic­tory over Ja­panese forces.)

ALSO ON THIS DATE 1927

Josef Stalin be­came the undis­puted ruler of the Soviet Union as Leon Trot­sky was ex­pelled from the Com­mu­nist Party.

1936

The San Fran­cisco-Oak­land Bay Bridge opened as Pres­i­dent Franklin D. Roo­sevelt pressed a tele­graph key in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., giv­ing the green light to traf­fic.

1984

Space shut­tle as­tro­nauts Dale Gard­ner and Joe Allen snared a wan­der­ing satel­lite in his­tory’s first space sal­vage; the Palapa B2 satel­lite was se­cured in Dis­cov­ery’s cargo bay for re­turn to Earth.

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