To­day in his­tory

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - COMMUNITY -

To­day is Mon­day, Nov. 25, the 329th day of 2019. There are 36 days left in the year.

To­day’s High­light in His­tory:

On Nov. 25, 1986, the Iran-Con­tra af­fair erupted as Pres­i­dent Ron­ald Rea­gan and At­tor­ney Gen­eral Ed­win Meese re­vealed that prof­its from se­cret arms sales to Iran had been di­verted to Nicaraguan rebels. On this date: In 1783, the British evac­u­ated New York dur­ing the Revo­lu­tion­ary War.

In 1914, base­ball Hall of Famer Joe DiMag­gio was born in Martinez, Cal­i­for­nia.

In 1915, a new ver­sion of the Ku Klux Klan, tar­get­ing blacks, Jews, Catholics and im­mi­grants, was founded by Wil­liam Joseph Simmons.

In 1947, movie stu­dio ex­ec­u­tives meet­ing in New York agreed to black­list the “Hol­ly­wood Ten” who’d been cited for con­tempt of Congress the day be­fore.

In 1961, the first nu­cle­ar­pow­ered air­craft car­rier, USS En­ter­prise, was com­mis­sioned.

In 1963, the body of Pres­i­dent John F. Kennedy was laid to rest at Ar­ling­ton Na­tional Ceme­tery; his wi­dow, Jac­que­line, lighted an “eter­nal flame” at the gravesite.

In 1980, Sugar Ray Leonard re­gained the World Box­ing Coun­cil wel­ter­weight cham­pi­onship when Roberto Duran abruptly quit in the eighth round at the Louisiana Su­per­dome.

In 1999, Elian Gon­za­lez, a 5-year-old Cuban boy, was res­cued by a pair of sport fish­er­men off the coast of Florida, set­ting off an in­ter­na­tional cus­tody bat­tle.

In 2001, as the war in Afghanista­n en­tered its eighth week, 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 2002, Pres­i­dent George W. Bush signed leg­is­la­tion cre­at­ing the Depart­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity, and ap­pointed Tom Ridge to be its head.

In 2008, for­mer NFL quar­ter­back Michael Vick pleaded guilty to a Vir­ginia dog­fight­ing charge, re­ceiv­ing a three-year sus­pended sen­tence.

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