TODAY IN HISTORY
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT 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.)
ALSO ON THIS DATE
1851 Herman Melville’s novel “Moby-Dick; Or, The Whale” was published in the United States, almost a month after being released in Britain.
Tommy Dorsey and his orchestra recorded “Opus No. 1” for RCA Victor.
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.)
Apollo 12 blasted off for the moon.