TO­DAY IN HIS­TORY

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On Nov. 14, 1889, in­spired by the Jules Verne novel "Around the World in Eighty Days," New York World re­porter Nel­lie Bly (El­iz­a­beth Cochrane) set out to make the trip in less time than the fic­tional Phileas Fogg. (She com­pleted the jour­ney in 72 days.)

On this date:

In 1851, Her­man Melville's novel "Moby- Dick; Or, The Whale" was pub­lished in the United States, al­most a month af­ter be­ing re­leased in Britain.

In 1910, Eu­gene B. Ely be­came the first avi­a­tor to take off from a ship as his Cur­tiss pusher rolled off a slop­ing plat­form on the deck of the scout cruiser USS Birm­ing­ham off Hamp­ton Roads, Vir­ginia.

In 1925, the first group ex­hi­bi­tion of sur­re­al­is­tic paint­ings opened at the Ga­lerie Pierre in Paris.

In 1940, dur­ing World War II, Ger­man planes de­stroyed most of the English town of Coven­try.

In 1944, Tommy Dorsey and his orches­tra recorded "Opus No. 1" for RCA Vic­tor.

In 1954, the pres­i­dent of Egypt, Muham­mad Naguib, was deposed by the Revo­lu­tion­ary Com­mand Coun­cil, leav­ing Ga­mal Ab­del Nasser fully in charge as act­ing head of state.

In 1965, the U.S. Army's first ma­jor mil­i­tary op­er­a­tion of the Viet­nam War be­gan with the start of the five-day Bat­tle of Ia Drang. (The fight­ing be­tween Amer­i­can troops and North Viet­namese forces ended on Nov. 18 with both sides claim­ing vic­tory.)

In 1969, Apollo 12 blasted off for the moon.

In 1970, a char­tered South­ern Air­ways DC- 9 crashed while try­ing to land in West Vir­ginia, killing all 75 peo­ple on board, in­clud­ing the Mar­shall Univer­sity foot­ball team and its coach­ing staff.

In 1986, the Se­cu­ri­ties and Ex­change Com­mis­sion im­posed a $100 mil­lion penalty on in­side- trader Ivan F. Boesky and barred him from work­ing again in the se­cu­ri­ties in­dus­try.

In 1996, Car­di­nal Joseph Bernardin, the se­nior Ro­man Catholic prelate in the United States and leader of Chicago's 2.3 mil­lion Catholics, died at his home at age 68. Singer Michael Jack­son mar­ried his plas­tic sur­geon's nurse, Deb­bie Rowe, in a cer­e­mony in Syd­ney, Aus­tralia. (Rowe filed for di­vorce in 1999.)

In 1997, a jury in Fair­fax, Vir­ginia, de­cided that Pak­istani na­tional Ai­mal Khan Kasi should get the death penalty for gunning down two CIA em­ploy­ees out­side agency head­quar­ters. (Five years later on this date, Ai­mal Khan Kasi was ex­e­cuted.)

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