HIGH­LIGHTS IN HIS­TORY

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To­day’s high­light:

On Dec. 5, 2017 At­lanta vot­ers nar­rowly chose Keisha Lance Bot­toms as the city’s next mayor In a bit­terly con­tested runoff elec­tion; a re­sult that would be up­held af­ter a re­count re­quested by ri­val Mary Nor­wood.

On this date:

1782: The eighth pres­i­dent of the United States, Martin Van Buren, was born in Kin­der­hook, New York; he was the first chief ex­ec­u­tive to be born af­ter Amer­i­can in­de­pen­dence. 1848: Pres­i­dent James K. Polk trig­gered the Gold Rush of ’49 by con­firm­ing that gold had been dis­cov­ered in Cal­i­for­nia. 1932: Ger­man physi­cist Al­bert Ein­stein was granted a visa, mak­ing it pos­si­ble for him to travel to the United States.

1933: Na­tional Pro­hi­bi­tion came to an end as Utah be­came the 36th state to rat­ify the 21st Amend­ment to the Con­sti­tu­tion, re­peal­ing the 18th Amend­ment.

1945: Five U.S. Navy tor­pedo bombers mys­te­ri­ously dis­ap­peared af­ter tak­ing off from Fort Laud­erdale, Florida, on a train­ing mis­sion with the loss of all 14 crew mem­bers; “The Lost Squadron” con­tributed to the le­gend of the Ber­muda Tri­an­gle.

1952: The Great Smog of Lon­don de­scended on the Bri­tish cap­i­tal; the un­usu­ally thick fog, which con­tained toxic pol­lu­tants, lasted five days and was blamed for caus­ing thou­sands of deaths.

1977: Egypt broke diplo­matic re­la­tions with Syria, Libya, Al­ge­ria, Iraq and South Ye­men in the wake of crit­i­cism that fol­lowed Pres­i­dent An­war Sa­dat’s peace over­tures to Is­rael.

1988: A fed­eral grand jury in North Carolina in­dicted PTL founder Jim Bakker and for­mer aide Richard Dortch on fraud and con­spir­acy charges. Bakker was con­victed on all counts; Dortch pleaded guilty to four counts and co­op­er­ated with pros­e­cu­tors in ex­change for a lighter sen­tence. Bakker was ini­tially sen­tenced to 45 years in prison; the term was even­tu­ally re­duced to eight years, and he served a to­tal of about five.

Ten years ago: The La­bor De­part­ment re­ported that an alarm­ing half-mil­lion jobs had van­ished in Nov. 2008 as unem­ploy­ment hit a 15-year high of 6.7 per­cent. A judge in Las Ve­gas sen­tenced O.J. Simp­son to 33 years in prison with el­i­gi­bil­ity for pa­role af­ter nine for an armed rob­bery at a ho­tel room. Simp­son was re­leased to pa­role on Oct. 1, 2017. Death claimed ac­tresses Nina Foch at age 84 and Bev­erly Gar­land at age 82.

One year ago: Demo­cratic con­gress­man John Cony­ers of Michi­gan re­signed from Congress af­ter a nearly 53-year ca­reer, be­com­ing the first Capi­tol Hill politi­cian to lose his job amid the sex­ual mis­con­duct al­le­ga­tions sweep­ing through the na­tion’s work­places. The In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee barred Rus­sia and its sports lead­ers from the up­com­ing Win­ter Olympics in South Ko­rea af­ter con­clud­ing that mem­bers of the Rus­sian govern­ment con­cocted a dop­ing scheme at the 2014 Sochi Games; some Rus­sians would be able to com­pete as “Olympic Ath­letes from Rus­sia.”

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