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Today in history: November 22

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

Today is Wednesday, Nov. 22, the 326th day of 2006. 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 1890, French president Charles de Gaulle was born in Lille, France.

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 1965, the musical “Man of La Mancha” opened in New York.

In 1975, Juan Carlos was proclaimed King of Spain.

In 1986, Elzire Dionne, who gave birth to quintuplets in 1934, died at a hospital in North Bay, Ontario, Canada, at age 77.

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: O.J. Simpson took the stand as a hostile witness in the wrongful death lawsuit filed against him, saying it was “absolutely not true” that he’d killed Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. Martin Bryant, who’d gunned down 35 people at Port Arthur, Australia, was sentenced to life behind bars with no chance of parole.

Five years ago: With a tap on a laptop, Pope John Paul II for the first time sent out his official word over the Internet, apologizing for missionary abuses against indigenous peoples of the South Pacific. A huge landslide swept over gold miners illegally digging into the side of a mountain in western Colombia, killing 47 people. Cosmetics magnate Mary Kay Ash died in Dallas at age 83.

One year ago: Jose Padilla, a U.S. citizen in Navy custody, was charged with supporting terrorism, but the indictment did not mention the alleged “dirty bomb” plot that had prompted his three-year detention. An Arab-American college student, Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, was convicted of joining al-Qaida and plotting to assassinate President Bush. Angela Merkel took power as Germany’s first female chancellor. Ted Koppel hosted his final edition of ABC News’ “Nightline.”

Today’s Birthdays: Former Sen. Claiborne Pell, D-R.I., is 88. Movie director Arthur Hiller is 83. Actor Robert Vaughn is 74. Actor Michael Callan is 71. Actor Allen Garfield is 67. Animator and movie director Terry Gilliam is 66. Actor Tom Conti is 65. Singer Jesse Colin Young is 65. Astronaut Guion S. Bluford is 64. Tennis player Billie Jean King is 63. Rock musician-actor Steve Van Zandt (AKA Little Steven) is 56. Rock musician Tina Weymouth (The Heads; Talking Heads; The Tom Tom Club) is 56. Former baseball player Greg Luzinski is 56. Rock musician Lawrence Gowan is 50. Actor Richard Kind is 50. Actress Jamie Lee Curtis is 48. Rock singer Jason Ringenberg (Jason & the Scorchers) is 48. Actress Mariel Hemingway is 45. Actor Stephen Geoffreys is 42. Rock musician Charlie Colin is 40. Actor Nicholas Rowe is 40. Actor Mark Ruffalo is 39. Tennis player Boris Becker is 39. Actress Scarlett Johansson is 22.

Thought for Today: “Nothing great will ever be achieved without great men, and men are great only if they are determined to be so.” — Charles de Gaulle (1890-1970).