Today is Friday, Nov. 9,
the 313th day of 2018. There are 52 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History:
On Nov. 9, 1938, Nazis looted and burned synagogues as well as Jewishowned stores and houses in Germany and Austria in a pogromor deliberate persecution that became known as “Kristallnacht.”
On this date:
In 1986, Israel revealed it was holdingMordechai 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 theWest; joyous Germans danced atop the BerlinWall.
In 1999, with fireworks, concerts and a huge party at the landmark Brandenburg Gate, Germany celebrated the 10th anniversary of the fall of the BerlinWall.
In 2000, GeorgeW. Bush’s lead over Al Gore in allor-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.”
In 2007, President Gen. Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan placed opposition leader Benazir Bhutto under house arrest for a day, and rounded up thousands of her supporters to block amass rally against his emergency rule.