Today in History: Nov. 9

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UNDATED (AP) Thursday, Nov. 9, is the 313th day of 2017.

  • Highlight in History:
    • On Nov. 9, 1967, a Saturn V rocket carrying an unmanned Apollo spacecraft blasted off from Cape Kennedy on a successful test flight.
  • On this date:
    • In 1620, the passengers and crew of the Mayflower sighted Cape Cod.
    • In 1872, fire destroyed nearly 800 buildings in Boston.
    • In 1918, it was announced that Germany’s Kaiser Wilhelm II would abdicate; he then fled to the Netherlands.
    • In 1935, United Mine Workers president John L. Lewis and other labor leaders formed the Committee for Industrial Organization (later renamed the Congress of Industrial Organizations).
    • In 1938, Nazis looted and burned synagogues as well as Jewish-owned stores and houses in Germany and Austria in a pogrom that became known as “Kristallnacht.”
    • In 1952, Chaim Weizmann, the first president of Israel, died.
    • In 1965, the great Northeast blackout began as a series of power failures lasting up to 13 1/2 hours left 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 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.)
    • 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.
  • Ten years ago:
    • Six U.S. troops died in an insurgent ambush in the high mountains of eastern Afghanistan, making 2007 the deadliest year for American forces in Afghanistan since 2001.
    • President Gen. Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan placed opposition leader Benazir Bhutto under house arrest for a day, and rounded up thousands of her supporters to block a mass rally against his emergency rule.
  • Five years ago:
    • Retired four-star Army Gen. David Petraeus abruptly resigned as CIA director after an affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, was revealed by an FBI investigation.
    • Thousands of union bakers went on strike against Hostess Brands, Inc., to protest cuts to wages and benefits under a new contract offer. (Hostess responded by shutting down its operations and selling its assets to new owners who revived the Hostess brand.)
  • One year ago:
    • Democrat Hillary Clinton conceded the presidential election to Republican Donald Trump, telling supporters in New York that her defeat was “painful, and it will be for a long time.” But Clinton told her faithful to accept Trump and the election results, urging them to give him “an open mind and a chance to lead.”
  • Birthdays:
    • Baseball Hall of Famer Whitey Herzog is 86.
    • Baseball Hall of Famer Bob Gibson is 82.
    • Actor Charlie Robinson is 72.
    • Movie director Bille August is 69.
    • Actor Robert David Hall is 69.
    • Actor Lou Ferrigno is 66.
    • Senator Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, is 65.
    • Gospel singer Donnie McClurkin is 58.
    • Rock musician Dee Plakas (L7) is 57.
    • Actress Ion Overman is 48.
    • Rapper Pepa (Salt-N-Pepa) is 48.
    • Rapper Scarface (Geto Boys) is 47.
    • Blues singer Susan Tedeschi is 47.
    • Actor Jason Antoon is 46.
    • Actor Eric Dane is 45. Singer Nick Lachey (98 Degrees) is 44.
    • Country musician Barry Knox (Parmalee) is 40.
    • Rhythm-and-blues singer Sisqo (Dru Hill) is 39.
    • Country singer Corey Smith is 38.
    • Country singer Chris Lane is 33.
    • Actress Nikki Blonsky is 29.
    • Actress-model Analeigh Tipton is 29.
  • Thought for the day:
    • “I think charm is the ability to be truly interested in other people.” — Richard Avedon, American fashion photographer (1923-2004).
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