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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