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Today is Tues­day, Nov. 14, the 318th day of 2017. There are 47 days left in the year.

High­light in His­tory:

On 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.)

On this date:

In 1851, Her­man Melville’s novel “Moby-Dick; Or, The Whale” was pub­lished in the United States, al­most amonth af­ter be­ing re­leased in Bri­tain.

In 1910, Eu­gene B. Ely be­came the first avi­a­tor to take off from a ship as his Cur­tiss pusher rolled off a slop­ing plat­form on the deck of the scout cruiser USS Birm­ing­ham off Hamp­ton Roads, Va.

In 1940, dur­ing World War II, Ger­man planes de­stroyed most of the English town of Coven­try.

In 1965, 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.)

In 1969, Apollo 12 blasted off for the moon.

In 1997, a jury de­cided Pak­istani na­tional Ai­malKhan Kasi should get the death penalty for gun­ning down two CIA em­ploy­ees out­side agency head­quar­ters. (Five years later on this date, Ai­mal Khan Kasi was ex­e­cuted.)

Ten years ago: Michael Mukasey took a cer­e­mo­nial oath as the new U.S. At­tor­ney Gen­eral, five days af­ter he was pri­vately sworn in.

Five years ago: Pres­i­dent Barack Obama chal­lenged con­gres­sional Repub­li­cans to let taxes rise on the wealth­i­est Amer­i­cans, say­ing that­would ease the threat of an­other re­ces­sion as the na­tion faced a “fis­cal cliff.”

One year ago: Pres­i­dent Barack Obama aban­doned his dire warn­ings and dark pre­dic­tions about his newly elected suc­ces­sor and urged Amer­i­cans to give Pres­i­den­t­elect Don­ald Trump time to rise to the daunt­ing re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of the of­fice.

Today’s Birthdays: Ac­tress Kathleen Hughes is 89. For­mer NASA as­tro­naut Fred Haise is 84. Writer P.J. O’Rourke is 70. Bri­tain’s Prince Charles is 69. Rock singer-mu­si­cian James Young is 68. Pian­ist Yanni is 63. For­mer U.S. Sec­re­tary of State Con­doleezza Rice is 63. Rap­per Rev­erend Run is 53. Re­tired MLB All-Star pitcher Curt Schilling is 51.

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