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BIRTH­DAYS

Base­ball Hall of Famer Whitey Her­zog is 87. Base­ball Hall of Famer Bob Gib­son is 83. Ac­tor Char­lie Robin­son is 73. Ac­tor Robert David Hall is 70. Ac­tor Lou Fer­rigno is 67. Rap­per Pepa (Salt-N-Pepa) is 49. Ac­tor Eric Dane is 46. Singer Nick Lachey (98 De­grees) is 45. Singer Sisqo (Dru Hill) is 40. Ac­tress Nikki Blon­sky is 30. Ac­tress-model Analeigh Tipton is 30.

TO­DAY IN HIS­TORY

In 1620, the pas­sen­gers and crew of the Mayflower sighted Cape Cod.

In 1918, it was an­nounced that Ger­many’s Kaiser Wil­helm II would ab­di­cate; he then fled to the Nether­lands.

In 1938, Nazis looted and burned syn­a­gogues as well as Jewish-owned stores and houses in Ger­many and Aus­tria in a pogrom or de­lib­er­ate per­se­cu­tion that be­came known as “Kristall­nacht.”

In 1965, the great North­east blackout be­gan as power fail­ures last­ing up to 13 1/2 hours left 30 mil­lion peo­ple in seven states and part of Canada with­out elec­tric­ity.

In 1976, the U.N. Gen­eral Assem­bly ap­proved res­o­lu­tions con­demn­ing apartheid in South Africa, in­clud­ing one char­ac­ter­iz­ing the white-ruled govern­ment as “il­le­git­i­mate.”

In 1986, Is­rael re­vealed it was hold­ing Mordechai Va­nunu, a for­mer nu­clear tech­ni­cian who’d van­ished after pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion to a Bri­tish news­pa­per about Is­rael’s nu­clear weapons pro­gram. (Va­nunu was con­victed of trea­son and served 18 years in prison.)

In 1989, com­mu­nist East Ger­many threw open its bor­ders, al­low­ing cit­i­zens to travel freely to the West; joy­ous Ger­mans danced atop the Ber­lin Wall.

In 2000, Ge­orge W. Bush’s lead over Al Gore in all-or-noth­ing Florida slipped be­neath 300 votes in a sus­pense-filled re­count, as Democrats threw the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion to the courts, claim­ing “an in­jus­tice un­par­al­leled in our his­tory.”

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