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BIRTH­DAYS

Base­ball Hall of Famer Whitey Her­zog is 87. Base­ball Hall of Famer Bob Gib­son is 83. 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. Singer Nick Lachey (98 De­grees) is 45. Rhythm-and-blues singer Sisqo (Dru Hill) is 40. Coun­try singer Corey Smith is 39. Ac­tress Emily Tyra is 31.

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 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 Florida slipped be­neath 300 votes in a re­count, as Democrats threw the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion to the courts, claim­ing “an in­jus­tice unparalleled in our his­tory.”

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