Today in his­tory

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - COMMUNITY -

Today is Satur­day, Nov. 16, the 320th day of 2019. There are 45 days left in the year.

Today’s High­light in His­tory:

On Nov. 16, 1914, the newly cre­ated Fed­eral Re­serve Banks opened in 12 cities.

On this date:

In 1776, Bri­tish troops cap­tured Fort Wash­ing­ton in New York dur­ing the Amer­i­can Rev­o­lu­tion.

In 1933, the United States and the Soviet Union es­tab­lished diplo­matic re­la­tions.

In 1939, mob boss Al Capone, ill with syphilis, was re­leased from prison af­ter serv­ing 7 1/2 years for tax eva­sion and fail­ure to file tax re­turns.

In 1960, Academy Award­win­ning ac­tor Clark Gable died in Los An­ge­les at age 59.

In 1961, House Speaker Samuel T. Ray­burn died in Bon­ham, Texas, hav­ing served as speaker since 1940 ex­cept for two terms.

In 1966, Dr. Samuel H. Shep­pard was ac­quit­ted in Cleveland at his sec­ond trial of mur­der­ing his preg­nant wife, Mar­i­lyn, in 1954.

In 1981, ac­tor William Holden was found dead in his apartment in Santa Mon­ica, Cal­i­for­nia; he was 63.

In 1982, an agree­ment was an­nounced in the 57th day of a strike by Na­tional Foot­ball League play­ers.

In 2001, Investigat­ors found a let­ter ad­dressed to Sen. Pa­trick Leahy, D-Vt., con­tain­ing an­thrax; it was the sec­ond let­ter bear­ing the deadly germ known to have been sent to Capi­tol Hill.

In 2004, Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush picked Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­viser Con­doleezza Rice to be his new sec­re­tary of state, suc­ceed­ing Colin Powell.

In 1997, China’s most prom­i­nent pro-democ­racy cam­paigner, Wei Jing­sheng (way jeeng-shuhng), ar­rived in the United States af­ter be­ing re­leased fol­low­ing nearly 18 years of im­pris­on­ment in his coun­try.

In 2006, Democrats em­braced Nancy Pelosi as the first woman House speaker in his­tory, but then se­lected Steny Hoyer as ma­jor­ity leader against her wishes.

Ten years ago: Pres­i­dent Barack Obama, on his firstever trip to China, gave his hosts a pointed, un­ex­pected nudge to stop cen­sor­ing In­ter­net ac­cess, but the mes­sage was not widely heard in China, where the pres­i­dent’s words were blocked on­line and shown on only one re­gional tele­vi­sion chan­nel.

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