The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY) - - Your Daily Break -

Today is Wed­nes­day, Nov. 15, the 319th day of 2017. There are 46 days left in the year.

High­light in His­tory:

OnNov. 15, 1942, the naval Bat­tle of Guadal­canal ended dur­ing World War II with a de­ci­sive U.S. vic­tory over Ja­panese forces.

On this date:

In 1777, the Sec­ond Con­ti­nen­tal Congress ap­proved the Ar­ti­cles of Con­fed­er­a­tion.

In 1806, ex­plorer Ze­bu­lon Pike sighted the­moun­tain­top now known as Pikes Peak in present-day Colorado.

In 1864, dur­ing the Civil War, Union forces led byMaj. Gen. Wil­liam T. Sher­man be­gan their “March to the Sea” from At­lanta; the cam­paign ended with the cap­ture of Sa­van­nah on Dec. 21.

In 1926, the Na­tional Broad­cast­ing Com­pany be­gan op­er­at­ing its ra­dio net­work.

In 1939, Pres­i­dent Franklin D. Roo­sevelt laid the cor­ner­stone of the Jef­fer­son Me­mo­rial in­Wash­ing­ton, D.C.

In 1966, the flight ofGem­ini 12, the fi­nal mis­sion of the Gemini pro­gram, ended suc­cess­fully as as­tro­nauts James A. Lovell and Ed­win “Buzz” Aldrin Jr. splashed down safely in the At­lantic af­ter spend­ing four days in or­bit.

In 1986, a gov­ern­ment tri­bunal in Nicaragua con­victed Amer­i­can Eu­gene Hasen­fus of charges re­lated to his role in de­liv­er­ing arms to Con­tra rebels, and sen­tenced him to 30 years in prison. (Hasen­fus was par­doned a month later.)

Ten years ago: Hil­lary Rod­ham Clin­ton ac­cused her clos­est ri­vals, Barack Obama and John Ed­wards, of sling­ing mud “right out of the Repub­li­can play­book” and sharply crit­i­cized their records.

Five years ago: The Jus­tice Depart­ment an­nounced that BP had agreed to plead guilty to a raft of charges in the 2010 Gulf of Mex­ico oil spill and pay a record $4.5 bil­lion, in­clud­ing nearly $1.3 bil­lion in crim­i­nal fines.

One year ago: Pres­i­dent Barack Obama ac­knowl­edged in Athens, Greece, that he was sur­prised by Don­ald Trump’s vic­tory, and said it stemmed from deep-seated anx­i­eties among work­ing-class Amer­i­cans that the gov­ern­ment needed to do bet­ter to ad­dress.

Today’s Birthdays: Ac­tor Ed As­ner is 88. Singer Pe­tula Clark is 85. Co­me­dian Jack Burns is 84. Ac­tress Joanna Barnes is 83. Ac­tor Yaphet Kotto is 78. News cor­re­spon­dent John Roberts is 61. Rap­per E-40 is 50. Ac­tress Shai­lene Wood­ley is 26.

Thought for Today: “In seek­ing wis­domthou art wise; in imag­in­ing that thou has at­tained it thou art a fool.” — Si­monBen Az­zai, 2nd­cen­tury (A.D.) Jewish scholar.

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