To­day in his­tory

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - COMMUNITY -

To­day is Satur­day, Nov. 9, the 313th day of 2019. There are 52 days left in the year.

To­day’s High­light in His­tory:

On Nov. 9, 1620, the pas­sen­gers and crew of the Mayflower sighted Cape Cod.

On this date:

In 1872, fire de­stroyed nearly 800 build­ings in Bos­ton.

In 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.”

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, leav­ing 30 mil­lion peo­ple in seven states and part of Canada with­out elec­tric­ity.

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 1989, com­mu­nist East Ger­many threw open its bor­ders, al­low­ing cit­i­zens to travel freely to the West; joy­ous Ger­mans danced atop the Ber­lin Wall.

In 1999, with fire­works, con­certs and a huge party at the land­mark Bran­den­burg Gate, Ger­many cel­e­brated the 10th an­niver­sary of the fall of the Ber­lin Wall.

In 2000, Ge­orge W. Bush’s lead over Al Gore in all-or-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.”

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