The Republican Herald - - COMMENTARY -

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

High­light in his­tory:

On Nov. 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 the moun­tain­top now known as Pikes Peak in present-day Colorado.

In 1864, dur­ing the Civil War, Union forces led by Maj. Gen. Wil­liam T. Sher­man be­gan their “March to the Sea” from At­lanta.

In 1889, Brazil was pro­claimed a repub­lic as its em­peror, Dom Pe­dro II, was over­thrown.

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

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

In 1959, four mem­bers of the Clut­ter fam­ily of Hol­comb, Kansas, were found mur­dered in their home. (Ex­con­victs Richard Hick­ock and Perry Smith were later con­victed of the killings and hanged in a case made fa­mous by the Tru­man Capote book “In Cold Blood.”)

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.)

In 1987, 28 of 82 peo­ple aboard a Con­ti­nen­tal Air­lines DC-9, in­clud­ing the pi­lots, were killed when the jet­liner crashed sec­onds af­ter tak­ing off from Den­ver’s Sta­ple­ton In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

Ten years ago, baseball player Barry Bonds was in­dicted for per­jury and ob­struc­tion of jus­tice, charged with ly­ing when he told a fed­eral grand jury that he did not know­ingly use per­for­mance-en­hanc­ing drugs. (Bonds was later con­victed on the ob­struc­tion of jus­tice count, which was over­turned in 2015.)

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. F

One year ago, Pres­i­dent Barack Obama, open­ing his fi­nal over­seas trip while in of­fice, 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.

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