Richmond Times-Dispatch

T O D AY INHISTORY

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Today is Thursday, Nov. 26, the 331st day of 2020. There are 35 days left in the year.

On Nov. 26,2000, Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris certified George W. Bush the winner over Al Gore in the state’s presidenti­al balloting by a 537-vote margin.

In 1789, Americans observed a day of thanksgivi­ng set aside by President George Washington to mark the adoption of the Constituti­on of the United States.

In 1883, former slave and abolitioni­st Sojourner Truth died in Battle Creek, Mich.

In 1917, the National Hockey League was founded in Montreal, succeeding the National Hockey Associatio­n.

In 1933, a judge in New York ruled the James Joyce book “Ulysses” was not obscene and could be published in the United States.

In 1941, U.S. Secretary of State Cordell Hull delivered a note to Japan’s ambassador to the United States, Kichisabur­o Nomura, setting forth U.S. demands for “lasting and extensive peace throughout the Pacific area.” The same day, a Japanese naval task force consisting of six aircraft carriers left the Kuril Islands, headed toward Hawaii.

In 1943, during World War II, the HMT Rohna, a British transport ship carrying American soldiers, was hit by a German missile off Algeria; 1,138 men were killed.

In 1950, China entered the Korean War, launching a counteroff­ensive against soldiers from the United Nations, the U.S. and South Korea.

In 1973, President Richard M. Nixon’s personal secretary, Rose Mary Woods, told a federal court that she’d accidental­ly caused part of the

181/ 2- minute gap in a key Watergate tape.

In 1986, President Ronald Reagan appointed a commission headed by former Sen. John Tower to investigat­e his National

Security Council staff in the wake of the Iran-Contra affair.

In 1992, the British government announced that Queen Elizabeth II had volunteere­d to start paying taxes on her personal income, and would take her children off the public payroll.

In 2007, Sen. Trent Lott announced his retirement after a 35-year career in Congress.

In 2008, teams of heavily armed Pakistani gunmen stormed luxury hotels, a popular tourist attraction and a crowded train station in Mumbai, India, leaving at least 166 people dead in a rampage lasting some 60 hours.

Ten years ago: Nineteen-year-old Somali-born Mohamed Osman Mohamud was arrested by federal agents in Portland, Ore., after an elaborate sting operation in which Mohamud was led to believe he would be detonating a van of explosives during the city’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony. (Mohamud was later sentenced to 30 years in prison.)

Five years ago: French President Francois Hollande and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed to tighten cooperatio­n in the fight against the Islamic State group. Pope Francis celebrated his first Mass in Africa. The White House underwent a Thanksgivi­ng Day lockdown after a man draped in an American flag jumped the fence.

One year ago: Heavy snow and wind shut down highways in Colorado and Wyoming and forced more than 1,000 travelers to sleep overnight in Denver’s airport after hundreds of flights were canceled as the Thanksgivi­ng travel period went into high gear.

Today’s Birthdays: Impression­ist Rich Little is

82. Singer Tina Turner is 81. Singer Jean Terrell is 76. Pop musician John McVie is 75. Country singer Linda Davis is 58. Blues singer Bernard Allison is 55. Actor Kristin Bauer is 54. Actor Peter Facinelli is 47. Actor Tammy Lynn Michaels Etheridge is 46. DJ-record label exec DJ Khaled is 45. Pop singer Natasha Bedingfiel­d is 39. Actor-singer-TV personalit­y Rita Ora is 30.

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