Today in his­tory

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Today is Thurs­day, Nov. 16, the 320th day of 2017. There are 45 days left in the year.

Today’s high­light

On Nov. 16, 1907, Oklahoma be­came the 46th state of the union.

On this date

In 1776, Bri­tish troops cap­tured Fort Wash­ing­ton in New York dur­ing the Amer­i­can Revo­lu­tion.

In 1885, Cana­dian rebel leader Louis Riel was ex­e­cuted for high trea­son.

In 1917, Ge­orges Cle­menceau again be­came prime min­is­ter of France.

In 1933, the United States and the Soviet Union es­tab­lished diplo­matic re­la­tions.

In 1939, mob boss Al Capone, ill with syphilis, was re­leased from prison af­ter serv­ing 7 ½ years for tax eva­sion and fail­ure to file tax re­turns.

In 1945, the United Na­tions Ed­u­ca­tional, Sci­en­tific and Cul­tural Or­ga­ni­za­tion (UNESCO) was founded at the con­clu­sion of a con­fer­ence in London.

In 1959, the Rodgers and Ham­mer­stein mu­si­cal “The Sound of Mu­sic” opened on Broad­way.

In 1960, Academy Award­win­ning ac­tor Clark Gable died in Los An­ge­les at age 59.

In 1966, Dr. Sa­muel H. Shep­pard was ac­quit­ted in Cleve­land at his sec­ond trial of mur­der­ing his preg­nant wife, Mar­i­lyn, in 1954.

In 1973, Sky­lab 4, car­ry­ing a crew of three as­tro­nauts, was launched from Cape Canaveral on an 84-day mis­sion.

In 1982, an agree­ment was an­nounced in the 57th day of a strike by Na­tional Foot­ball League play­ers.

In 1997, China’s most prom­i­nent pro-democ­racy cam­paigner, Wei Jing­sheng (way jeeng-shuhng), ar­rived in the United States af­ter be­ing re­leased fol­low­ing nearly 18 years of im­pris­on­ment in his coun­try.

Ten years ago: Se­nate Repub­li­cans blocked a $50 bil­lion bill by Democrats that would have paid for sev­eral months of com­bat but also would have or­dered troop with­drawals from Iraq to be­gin within 30 days. Poland’s new prime min­is­ter, Don­ald Tusk, for­mally took of­fice along with a team of for­mer anti-com­mu­nist dis­si­dents.

Five years ago: For­mer CIA Di­rec­tor David Pe­traeus told Congress that clas­si­fied in­tel­li­gence showed the Sept. 11, 2012 at­tack in Beng­hazi, Libya, that killed U.S. Am­bas­sador Chris Stevens and three other Amer­i­cans was a ter­ror­ist at­tack, but that the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion with­held the sus­pected role of alQaida af­fil­i­ates to avoid tip­ping them off. Fi­nan­cially strug­gling Host­ess Brands Inc. an­nounced it was shut­ting down its op­er­a­tions fol­low­ing a strike by the union.

One year ago: U.S. Sec­re­tary of State John Kerry, ad­dress­ing a U.N. con­fer­ence in Morocco, made a stir­ring ap­peal to all coun­tries — in­clud­ing his own — to press ahead with the fight against cli­mate change, say­ing a fail­ure to do so would be a “be­trayal of dev­as­tat­ing con­se­quences.” Rick Por­cello of the Bos­ton Red Sox won the AL Cy Young Award by a nar­row mar­gin while Max Scherzer of the Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als took the NL prize. For­mer con­gress­man and de­fense sec­re­tary Melvin Laird, 94, died in Fort My­ers, Florida.

Today’s Birthdays: Ac­tor Clu Gu­lager is 89. Jour­nal­ist El­iz­a­beth Drew is 82. Blues mu­si­cian W.C. Clark is 78. Ac­tress Joanna Pet­tet is 75. Ac­tor Steve Rails­back is 72. Ac­tor David Leisure is 67. Ac­tor Miguel San­doval is 66. Ac­tress Marg Hel­gen­berger is 59. Rock mu­si­cian Mani is 55. Coun­try singer-mu­si­cian Keith Burns (Trick Pony) is 54. Ten­nis player Zina Gar­ri­son is 54. For­mer MLB All-Star pitcher Dwight Gooden is 53. Jazz singer Diana Krall is 53. Ac­tor Harry Len­nix is 53. Rock mu­si­cian Dave Kush­ner (Vel­vet Re­volver) is 51. Ac­tress Lisa Bonet is 50. Ac­tress Tammy Lau­ren is 49. Rhythm-and­blues singer Bryan Abrams (Color Me Badd) is 48. Ac­tress Martha Plimp­ton is 47. Ac­tor Michael Irby is 45. Ac­tress Missi Pyle is 45.

Rock mu­si­cian Corey McCormick (Lukas Nel­son & Prom­ise of the Real) is 41. Olympic gold medal fig­ure skater Ok­sana Baiul is 40. Ac­tress Mag­gie Gyl­len­haal is 40. Pop singer Trevor Penick is 38. NBA player Amare Stoudemire is 35. Ac­tress Kim­berly J. Brown is 33. Rock singer Siva Kaneswaran (The Wanted) is 29. Ac­tor-co­me­dian Peter David­son (TV: “Satur­day Night Live”) is 24.

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