Today in his­tory

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

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

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. (Ex-con­victs 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 1979, the Bri­tish gov­ern­ment pub­licly iden­ti­fied Sir An­thony Blunt as the “fourth man” of a Soviet spy ring.

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.) San Diego Padres ace Jake Peavy won the NL Cy Young Award in a unan­i­mous vote.

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. Detroit’s Miguel Cabr­era was named the Amer­i­can League’s Most Valu­able Player by the Baseball Writ­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion of Amer­ica; San Fran­cisco’s Buster Posey was the Na­tional League MVP.

“In seek­ing wis­dom thou art wise; in imag­in­ing that thou has at­tained it thou art a fool.” — Si­mon Ben Az­zai, 2nd cen­tury (A.D.) Jewish scholar.

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