TO­DAY INHISTORY

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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.

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