To­day in his­tory

South Florida Sun-Sentinel Palm Beach (Sunday) - - NATION & WORLD -

On Nov. 25, 1758, in the French and In­dian War, the British cap­tured Fort Duquesne in present-day Pitts­burgh.

In 1783 the English evac­u­ated New York, their last mil­i­tary po­si­tion in the United States dur­ing the Rev­o­lu­tion­ary War.

In 1947 movie stu­dio ex­ec­u­tives meet­ing in New York agreed to black­list the so­called Hol­ly­wood 10, who had been cited for con­tempt of Con­gress the pre­vi­ous day.

In 1963 the body of Pres­i­dent John F. Kennedy was laid to rest at Ar­ling­ton Na­tional Ceme­tery.

In 1980 Su­gar Ray Leonard re­gained the World Box­ing Coun­cil wel­ter­weight cham­pi­onship when Roberto Du­ran abruptly quit late in the eighth round of their fight at the Su­per­dome in New Or­leans.

In 1984 Wil­liam Schroeder of Jasper, Ind., be­came the sec­ond hu­man re­cip­i­ent of an ar­ti­fi­cial heart. (He lived 620 days on the de­vice.)

In 1986 the Iran-con­tra af­fair erupted when Pres­i­dent Ron­ald Rea­gan and At­tor­ney Gen­eral Ed­win Meese dis­closed that prof­its from se­cret arms sales to Iran had been di­verted to Nicaraguan rebels.

In 1994 Sony Corp. co­founder Akio Morita re­tired as chair­man of the elec­tron­ics gi­ant for health rea­sons.

In 2001 CIA of­fi­cer Johnny “Mike” Spann was killed dur­ing a prison up­ris­ing in Mazar-e-Sharif, be­com­ing Amer­ica’s first com­bat ca­su­alty of the con­flict in Afghanistan.

In 2002 Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush signed leg­is­la­tion cre­at­ing the De­part­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity, and ap­pointed Tom Ridge to be its head. In 2003 the Se­nate gave fi­nal con­gres­sional ap­proval to his­toric Medi­care leg­is­la­tion com­bin­ing a new pre­scrip­tion-drug ben­e­fit with mea­sures to con­trol costs be­fore the baby boom gen­er­a­tion reaches re­tire­ment age.

In 2004 lead­ing Sunni Mus­lim politi­cians in Iraq urged post­pone­ment of na­tional elec­tions sched­uled for Jan. 30, 2005. (How­ever, the elec­tions ended up tak­ing place as sched­uled.)

In 2014 fed­eral judges in Arkansas and Mis­sis­sippi ruled that those states’ bans on same-sex mar­riage were un­con­sti­tu­tional. Also in 2014 the Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion un­veiled rules gov­ern­ing calo­ries dis­played on re­tail menus, as re­quired by the Af­ford­able Care Act. The rules would take ef­fect in late 2015.

In 2016 for­mer Pres­i­dent Fidel Cas­tro, who led a rebel army to im­prob­a­ble vic­tory in Cuba, died; he was 90.

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