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Today in history: November 11

Celebrity birthdays, highlights in history, plus more facts about this day
/ Source: The Associated Press

Today is Saturday, Nov. 11, the 315th day of 2006. There are 50 days left in the year. This is Veterans Day in the U.S., Remembrance Day in Canada.

Today’s Highlight in History:
On Nov. 11, 1918, fighting in World War I came to an end with the signing of an armistice between the Allies and Germany.

On this date:
In 1620, 41 Pilgrims aboard the Mayflower, anchored off Massachusetts, signed a compact calling for a “body politick.”

In 1778, Seneca Indians in central New York state 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, Va.

In 1889, Washington became the 42nd state.

In 1921, President Harding dedicated the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.

In 1942, during World War II, Germany completed its occupation of France.

In 1965, Rhodesia proclaimed its independence from Britain.

In 1966, Gemini 12 blasted off from Cape Kennedy, Fla., with astronauts James A. Lovell and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin Jr. aboard.

In 1981, stuntman Dan Goodwin scaled the outside of the 100-story John Hancock Center in Chicago in nearly six hours.

In 2004, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat died at a military hospital in Paris at age 75.

Ten years ago: Phan Thi Kim Phuc, who as a child was captured in a Pulitzer Prize-winning Associated Press photograph running naked down a Vietnamese highway while fleeing a napalm attack, laid a wreath at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington. The Army reported getting nearly 2,000 calls to a hot line set up after revelations of a sex scandal at the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland.

Five years ago: A Pakistani newspaper (Ausaf) published the second part of an interview in which Osama bin Laden was quoted as saying he had nothing to do with the anthrax attacks in the United States, and declared he would never allow himself to be captured. Two French radio reporters and a German magazine journalist were killed when they came under Taliban fire in Afghanistan. The World Trade Organization accepted Taiwan’s membership, a day after approving rival China.

One year ago: President Bush strongly rebuked congressional critics of his Iraq war policy, accusing them of being “deeply irresponsible.” Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, on a surprise visit to Iraq, pressed for unity among the country’s religious factions. Syrian-born Hollywood film producer Moustapha Akkad died from wounds sustained in the bombing of a Jordanian hotel two days earlier; he was 75. Modern management guru Peter F. Drucker died in Claremont, Calif., at age 95.

Today’s Birthdays: Author Kurt Vonnegut Jr. is 84. Dancer-choreographer Nicholas Royce is 81. Comedian Jonathan Winters is 81. Jazz singer-musician Mose Allison is 79. Author Carlos Fuentes is 78. Country singer Narvel Felts is 68. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., is 66. Rock singer-musician Vince Martell (Vanilla Fudge) is 61. Golfer Fuzzy Zoeller is 55. Pop singer-musician Paul Cowsill (The Cowsills) is 54. Rock singer-musician Andy Partridge (XTC) is 53. Singer Marshall Crenshaw is 53. Rock singer Dave Alvin is 51. Rock musician Ian Craig Marsh (Human League; Heaven 17) is 50. Actor Stanley Tucci is 46. Actress Demi Moore is 44. Actress Calista Flockhart is 42. Actor Philip McKeon is 42. Rock musician Scott Mercado is 42. TV personality Carson Kressley is 37. Actor David DeLuise is 35. Actor Adam Beach is 34. Actor Leonardo DiCaprio is 32.

Thought for Today: “When you make your peace with authority, you become authority.” — Jim Morrison, American rock singer (1943-1971).