TODAY IN HISTORY
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.