TO­DAY IN HIS­TORY

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

To­day is Wed­nes­day, Nov. 15, 2017. This is the 319th day of 2017 and the 55th day of au­tumn.

TO­DAY’S HIS­TORY: In 1920, the League of Na­tions held its first assem­bly in Geneva.

In 1939, Pres­i­dent Franklin Roo­sevelt laid the corner­stone for the Jef­fer­son Me­mo­rial dur­ing a cer­e­mony in Washington, D.C.

In 1969, Viet­nam anti-war demon­stra­tions reached a peak when an es­ti­mated quar­ter- to half-mil­lion pro­test­ers marched peace­fully in Washington, D.C.

In 2002, Hu Jin­tao took over lead­er­ship of China’s Com­mu­nist Party, re­plac­ing Jiang Zemin.

In 2006, the in­ter­na­tional 24hour news chan­nel Al Jazeera English launched world­wide.

TO­DAY’S FACT: Ge­or­gia O’Ke­effe was awarded the Pres­i­den­tial Medal of Free­dom, the high­est U.S. civil­ian honor, by Pres­i­dent Ger­ald Ford in 1977.

TO­DAY’S SPORTS: In 2005, Ma­jor League Base­ball team own­ers and the play­ers’ union agreed on a tougher test­ing pol­icy for steroids and other per­for­manceen­hanc­ing drugs.

TO­DAY’S BIRTHDAYS: Wil­liam Her­schel (1738-1822), astronomer; Felix Frank­furter (18821965), U.S. Supreme Court jus­tice; Marianne Moore (1887-1972), poet; Ge­or­gia O’Ke­effe (18871986), artist; Ed As­ner (1929-), ac­tor; Pe­tula Clark (1932-), singer; Sam Water­ston (1940-), ac­tor; Daniel Baren­boim (1942-), pi­anist/ con­duc­tor; Jonny Lee Miller (1972), ac­tor; Chad Kroeger (1974-), singer-song­writer; Shai­lene Wood­ley (1991-), ac­tress; Karl-An­thony Towns (1995-), bas­ket­ball player.

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