The Star Democrat - - OPINION - © 2017 AN­DREWS MCMEEL SYN­DI­CA­TION

Today is Tues­day, Nov. 14, 2017. This is the 318th day of 2017 and the 54th day of au­tumn.

TODAY’S HIS­TORY: In 1851, the first Amer­i­can edi­tion of Her­man Melville’s “Moby-Dick” was pub­lished.

In 1889, New York World re­porter Nel­lie Bly set out to travel around the world in less than 80 days, in­spired by Jules Verne. It took her 72 days.

In 1995, the U.S. fed­eral gov­ern­ment tem­po­rar­ily closed na­tional parks and mu­se­ums as a re­sult of a bud­get standoff be­tween Democrats and Repub­li­cans in Congress.

In 2008, the first G-20 eco­nomic sum­mit be­gan in Wash­ing­ton, D.C.

TODAY’S FACT: In 1910, the first air­plane take­off from the deck of a ship oc­curred near Hamp­ton Roads, Va.

TODAY’S SPORTS: In 1970, a plane car­ry­ing 37 Mar­shall Univer­sity foot­ball play­ers, as well as the team’s coach, doc­tors, ath­letic di­rec­tor and 25 team boost­ers, crashed out­side an air­port near Hunt­ing­ton, West Vir­ginia, killing all on board.

TODAY’S NUM­BER: $87.3 mil­lion — high­est amount paid for an orig­i­nal Claude Monet paint­ing. “Le Bassin aux Nym­pheas” was sold at a Christie’s auc­tion in London on June 24, 2008.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS: Robert Ful­ton (1765-1815), in­ven­tor; Claude Monet (1840-1926), pain­ter; Aaron Co­p­land (1900-1990), com­poser; Joseph McCarthy (19081957), politi­cian; Ed White (19301967), as­tro­naut; Wendy Car­los (1939-), com­poser; P.J. O’Rourke (1947-), jour­nal­ist/au­thor; Prince Charles (1948-), Prince of Wales; Con­doleezza Rice (1954-), for­mer sec­re­tary of state; Yanni (1954-), mu­si­cian; Patrick War­bur­ton (1964), ac­tor; Curt Schilling (1966-), baseball player; Josh Duhamel (1972-), ac­tor; Betsy Brandt (1973-), ac­tress.

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