TO­DAY IN HIS­TORY

The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT) - - KICKOFF -

TO­DAY’S HIGH­LIGHT Nov. 9, 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.”

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The pas­sen­gers and crew of the Mayflower sighted Cape Cod.

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.

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.

1989

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

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