Today’s Highlight in History:
On Nov. 19, 1863, President Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address as he dedicated a national cemetery at the site of the Civil War battlefield in Pennsylvania.
On this date:
In 1794, the United States and Britain signed Jay’s Treaty, which resolved some issues left over from the Revolutionary War.
In 1831, the 20th president of the United States, James Garfield, was born in Orange, Ohio.
In 1905, bandleader Tommy Dorsey was born in Shenandoah, Pa.
In 1919, the Senate rejected the Treaty of Versailles by a vote of 55-39, short of the two-thirds majority needed for ratification.
In 1942, during World War II, Russian forces launched their winter offensive against the Germans along the Don front.
In 1959, Ford Motor Co. announced it was halting production of the unpopular Edsel.
In 1969, Apollo 12 astronauts Charles Conrad and Alan Bean made man’s second landing on the moon.
In 1977, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat became the first Arab leader to visit Israel.
In 1984, nearly 500 people died in a firestorm set off by a series of explosions at a petroleum storage plant on the edge of Mexico City.
In 1985, President Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev met for the first time as they began their summit in Geneva.
Ten years ago: Fourteen people were killed when a commuter plane collided with a private plane at an airport in Quincy, Ill. The United States vetoed U.N. Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali’s bid for a second term. The space shuttle Columbia lifted off with the oldest crew member at that time, 61-year-old mission specialist Story Musgrave.
Five years ago: The United States accused Iraq and North Korea of developing germ warfare programs. President Bush signed legislation to put airport baggage screeners on the federal payroll. Four journalists, an Afghan, an Australian, an Italian and a Spaniard, were murdered in eastern Afghanistan after an ambush on their convoy. Barry Bonds became the first player to win four Most Valuable Player Awards.
One year ago: President Bush arrived in Beijing for talks with Chinese leaders. For the first time in 58 years, Indians legally walked into Pakistan after a landmark decision to temporarily open divided Kashmir’s heavily militarized border. Tropical Storm Gamma deluged the coast of Central America.
Today’s Birthdays: Actor Alan Young is 87. Former U.N. Ambassador Jeane J. Kirkpatrick is 80. Talk show host Larry King is
73. Talk show host Dick Cavett is 70. Broadcasting and sports mogul Ted Turner is 68. Singer Pete Moore (Smokey Robinson and the Miracles) is 67. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, is 67. TV journalist Garrick Utley is 67. Actor Dan Haggerty is 65. Former Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson is 65. Fashion designer Calvin Klein is 64. Sportscaster Ahmad Rashad is 57. Actor Robert Beltran is 53. Actress Kathleen Quinlan is 52. Actress Glynnis O’Connor is 51. Newscaster Ann Curry is 50. Actress Allison Janney is 46. Rock musician Matt Sorum (Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver) is
46. Actress Meg Ryan is 45. Actress-director Jodie Foster is 44. Actress Terry Farrell is 43. Actor Jason Scott Lee is 40. Olympic gold medal runner Gail Devers is 40. Rock musician Travis McNabb (Better Than Ezra) is 37. Singer Tony Rich is 35. Country singer Billy Currington is 33. Dancer-choreographer Savion Glover is 33. Country musician Chad Jeffers is 31. Rhythm-and-blues singer Tamika Scott (Xscape) is 31. Rhythm-and-blues singer Lil’ Mo is 29.
Thought for Today: “My theology, briefly, is that the universe was dictated but not signed.” — Christopher Morley, American author and journalist (1890-1957).