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Today in history: November 22

/ Source: The Associated Press

Today is Tuesday, Nov. 22, the 326th day of 2005. There are 39 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:
On Nov. 22, 1963, President Kennedy was shot to death while riding in a motorcade in Dallas. Texas Gov. John B. Connally, in the same limousine as Kennedy, was seriously wounded. Suspect Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested.

On this date:
In 1718, English pirate Edward Teach — better known as “Blackbeard” — was killed during a battle off the Virginia coast.

In 1906, the “SOS” distress signal was adopted at the International Radio Telegraphic Convention in Berlin.

In 1928, “Bolero” by Maurice Ravel made its debut in Paris.

In 1935, a flying boat, the China Clipper, took off from Alameda, Calif., carrying more than 100,000 pieces of mail on the first trans-Pacific airmail flight.

In 1943, President Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Chinese leader Chiang Kai-shek met in Cairo to discuss measures for defeating Japan.

In 1943, lyricist Lorenz Hart died in New York at age 48.

In 1955, comic Shemp Howard of “Three Stooges” fame died in Hollywood at age 60.

In 1975, Juan Carlos was proclaimed King of Spain.

In 1977, regular passenger service between New York and Europe on the supersonic Concorde began on a trial basis.

In 1990, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, having failed to win re-election of the Conservative Party leadership on the first ballot, announced her resignation.

Ten years ago: Acting swiftly to boost the Balkan peace accord, the U.N. Security Council suspended economic sanctions against Serbia and eased the arms embargo against the states of the former Yugoslavia. The Commerce Department reported the U.S. trade deficit had narrowed to its lowest level in nine months.

Five years ago: Amid the Florida recount battle, Republican vice-presidential candidate Dick Cheney was hospitalized with what doctors called a “very slight” heart attack. Valentin Paniagua became Peru’s interim president, following the resignation of Alberto Fujimori.

One year ago: Tens of thousands of demonstrators jammed downtown Kiev, denouncing Ukraine’s presidential runoff election as fraudulent and chanting the name of their reformist candidate, Viktor Yushchenko, who ended up winning a revote the following month. Iran said it had frozen all uranium enrichment programs; President Bush said he hoped the statement was true but added, “there must be verification.”

Today’s Birthdays: Former Sen. Claiborne Pell, D-R.I., is 87. Movie director Arthur Hiller is 82. Actor Robert Vaughn is 73. Actor Michael Callan is 70. Actor Allen Garfield is 66. Animator and movie director Terry Gilliam is 65. Actor Tom Conti is 64. Singer Jesse Colin Young is 64. Astronaut Guion S. Bluford is 63. Tennis player Billie Jean King is 62. Rock musician-actor Steve Van Zandt (AKA Little Steven) is 55. Rock musician Tina Weymouth (The Heads; Talking Heads; The Tom Tom Club) is 55. Former baseball player Greg Luzinski is 55. Rock musician Lawrence Gowan is 49. Actor Richard Kind is 49. Actress Jamie Lee Curtis is 47. Rock singer Jason Ringenberg (Jason & the Scorchers) is 47. Actress Mariel Hemingway is 44. Actor Stephen Geoffreys is 41. Rock musician Charlie Colin is 39. Actor Nicholas Rowe is 39. Actor Mark Ruffalo is 38. Tennis player Boris Becker is 38. Actress Scarlett Johansson is 21.

Thought for Today: “If we are strong, our strength will speak for itself. If we are weak, words will be no help.” — From the address President Kennedy never got to deliver in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963.