Today in History: Nov. 11

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UNDATED (AP) Saturday, Nov. 11, is the 315th day of 2017. There are 50 days left in the year. This is Veterans Day in the U.S., Remembrance Day in Canada.

  • Highlight in History:
    • On Nov. 11, 1918, fighting in World War I ended as the Allies and Germany signed an armistice in the Forest of Compiegne.
  • On this date:
    • In 1620, 41 Pilgrims aboard the Mayflower, anchored off Massachusetts, signed a compact calling for a “body politick.”
    • In 1778, British redcoats, Tory rangers and Seneca Indians in central New York killed more than 40 people in the Cherry Valley Massacre.
    • In 1831, former slave Nat Turner, who’d led a violent insurrection, was executed in Jerusalem, Virginia.
    • In 1889, Washington became the 42nd state.
    • In 1917, Liliuokalani, Hawaii’s first and only queen and its last monarch, died in Honolulu at age 79.
    • In 1921, the remains of an unidentified American service member were interred in a Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in a ceremony presided over by President Warren G. Harding.
    • In 1938, Irish-born cook Mary Mallon, who’d gained notoriety as the disease-carrying “Typhoid Mary” blamed for the deaths of three people, died on North Brother Island in New York’s East River at age 69 after 23 years of mandatory quarantine.
    • In 1942, during World War II, Germany completed its occupation of France.
    • In 1966, Gemini 12 blasted off on a four-day mission with astronauts James A. Lovell and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin Jr. aboard; it was the tenth and final flight of NASA’s Gemini program.
    • In 1972, the U.S. Army turned over its base at Long Binh to the South Vietnamese, symbolizing the end of direct U.S. military involvement in the Vietnam War.
    • In 1987, following the failure of two Supreme Court nominations, President Ronald Reagan announced his choice of Judge Anthony M. Kennedy, who went on to win confirmation.
    • In 1992, the Church of England voted to ordain women as priests.
  • Ten years ago:
    • President Gen. Pervez Musharraf said Pakistan would stick to its January schedule for parliamentary elections, but set no time limit on emergency rule.
    • Marking his fifth Veterans Day since the invasion of Iraq, President George W. Bush honored U.S. troops past and present at a tearful ceremony in Texas.
  • Five years ago:
    • President Barack Obama laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery and said the Sept. 11 generation had “written one of the greatest chapters” in the country’s military service, toppling a dictator and battling an insurgency in Iraq, pushing back the Taliban in Afghanistan, and decimating al-Qaida’s leadership.
  • One year ago:
    • President-elect Donald Trump shook up his transition team as he plunged into the work of setting up his administration, elevating Vice President-elect Mike Pence to head the operations.
    • Three days after Election Day, President Barack Obama used his last Veterans Day speech to urge Americans to learn from the example of veterans as a divided nation sought to “forge unity” after the bitter 2016 campaign.
    • Actor Robert Vaughn, 83, died in Connecticut.
  • Birthdays:
    • Jazz vocalist Louise Tobin is 99.
    • Actress June Whitfield (TV and film: Absolutely Fabulous) is 92.
    • Actress Bibi Andersson is 82.
    • Country singer Narvel Felts is 79.
    • Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., is 77.
    • Americana roots singer/songwriter Chris Smither is 73.
    • Rock singer-musician Vince Martell (Vanilla Fudge) is 72.
    • The president of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, is 72.
    • Rock singer Jim Peterik (Ides of March, Survivor) is 67.
    • Golfer Fuzzy Zoeller is 66.
    • Pop singer-musician Paul Cowsill (The Cowsills) is 66.
    • Rock singer-musician Andy Partridge (XTC) is 64.
    • Singer Marshall Crenshaw is 64.
    • Rock singer Dave Alvin is 62.
    • Rock musician Ian Craig Marsh (Human League; Heaven 17) is 61.
    • Actor Stanley Tucci is 57.
    • Actress Demi Moore is 55.
    • Actress Calista Flockhart is 53.
    • Actor Philip McKeon is 53.
    • Rock musician Scott Mercado is 53.
    • Actor Frank John Hughes is 50.
    • TV personality Carson Kressley is 48.
    • Actor David DeLuise is 46.
    • Actor Adam Beach is 45.
    • Actor Tyler Christopher is 45.
    • Actor Leonardo DiCaprio is 43.
    • Actor Scoot McNairy is 40.
    • Rock musician Jonathan Pretus (Cowboy Mouth) is 36.
    • NFL quarterback Mark Sanchez is 31.
    • Actress Christa B. Allen is 26.
    • Actor Tye Sheridan is 21.
    • Actor Ian Patrick is 15.
  • Thought for the day:
    • “Life happens too fast for you ever to think about it. If you could just persuade people of this, but they insist on amassing information.” — Kurt Vonnegut, American author (born this date in 1922, died 2007).
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