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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 Jewish-owned stores and houses in Ger­many and Aus­tria in a pogrom or de­lib­er­ate per­se­cu­tion that be­came known as “Kristall­nacht.”

On this date

In 1620, the pas­sen­gers and crew of the Mayflower sighted Cape Cod.

In 1918, it was an­nounced that Ger­many's Kaiser Wil­helm II would ab­di­cate; he then fled to the Nether­lands.

In 1961, U.S. Air Force Maj. Robert M. White be­came the first pilot to fly an X-15 rocket plane at six times the speed of sound. The Bea­tles' fu­ture man­ager, Brian Ep­stein, first saw the group per­form at the Cav­ern Club in Liver­pool, Eng­land.

In 1965, the great North­east blackout be­gan as a se­ries of power fail­ures last­ing up to 13

½ hours left 30 mil­lion peo­ple in seven states and part of Canada with­out elec­tric­ity. In 1967, a Saturn V rocket car­ry­ing an un­manned Apollo space­craft blasted off from Cape Kennedy on a suc­cess­ful test flight.

In 1970, for­mer French Pres­i­dent Charles de Gaulle died at age 79.

In 1976, the U.N. Gen­eral As­sem­bly ap­proved res­o­lu­tions con­demn­ing apartheid in South Africa, in­clud­ing one char­ac­ter­iz­ing the white-ruled govern­ment as “il­le­git­i­mate.” In 1986, Is­rael re­vealed it was hold­ing Mordechai 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.)

To­day's birth­days

Ac­tor Char­lie Robin­son is 73. Ac­tor Robert David Hall is 70. Ac­tor Lou Fer­rigno is 67. Gospel singer Don­nie Mc­Clurkin is 59. Rock mu­si­cian Dee Plakas (L7) is 58. Ac­tress Ion Over­man is

49. Rap­per Pepa (Salt-N-Pepa) is 49. Rap­per Scar­face (Geto Boys) is 48. Blues singer Su­san Tedeschi is 48. Ac­tor Ja­son An­toon is 47. Ac­tor Eric Dane is 46. Singer Nick Lachey (98 De­grees) is 45. Coun­try mu­si­cian Barry Knox (Parmalee) is

41. Rhythm-and-blues singer Sisqo (Dru Hill) is 40. Coun­try singer Corey Smith is 39. Coun­try singer Chris Lane is 34. Ac­tress Emily Tyra is 31. Ac­tress Nikki Blon­sky is 30. Ac­tress­model Analeigh Tip­ton is 30.

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