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Today in history: November 26

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

Today is Sunday, Nov. 26, the 330th day of 2006. There are 35 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Nov. 26, 1942, President Roosevelt ordered nationwide gasoline rationing, beginning Dec. 1.

On this date:

In 1825, the first college social fraternity, Kappa Alpha, was formed at Union College in Schenectady, N.Y.

In 1832, public streetcar service began in New York City. The fare: 12 1/2 cents.

In 1942, the motion picture "Casablanca," starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, had its world premiere at the Hollywood Theater in New York.

In 1943, during World War II, the HMT Rohna, a British transport ship carrying American soldiers, was hit by a German missile off Algeria; 1,138 men were killed, including 1,015 American troops.

In 1949, India adopted a constitution as a republic within the British Commonwealth.

In 1950, China entered the Korean conflict, launching a counteroffensive against soldiers from the United Nations, the U.S. and South Korea.

In 1956, bandleader Tommy Dorsey died in Greenwich, Conn., a week after his 51st birthday.

In 1965, France launched its first satellite, sending a 92-pound capsule into orbit.

In 1973, President Nixon's personal secretary, Rose Mary Woods, told a federal court that she'd accidentally caused part of the 18 1/2 minute gap in a key Watergate tape.

In 1986, President Reagan appointed a commission headed by former Sen. John Tower to investigate his National Security Council staff in the wake of the Iran-Contra affair.

Ten years ago: O.J. Simpson finished three days of testimony at a civil trial in Santa Monica, Calif. President Clinton ended his 12-day Pacific trip with a stopover in Thailand. Major-league baseball owners reversed course, approving the same collective bargaining agreement they had rejected just three weeks earlier.

Five years ago: President Bush appealed to Congress to outlaw human cloning after scientists in Worcester, Mass., reported they had created the first cloned human embryo. The National Bureau of Economic Research, the recognized arbiter of when recessions begin and end in the United States, declared that the country had entered a downturn the previous March.

One year ago: Four members of the Chicago-based aid group Christian Peacemaker Teams — an American, a Briton and two Canadians — were taken hostage in Iraq. (The American, Tom Fox, was later killed; the others were released.) Stan Berenstain, who with wife Jan wrote and illustrated the Berenstain Bear books, died in suburban Philadelphia at age 82.

Today's Birthdays: Singer Robert Goulet is 73. Impressionist Rich Little is 68. Singer Tina Turner is 67. Singer Jean Terrell is 62. Pop musician John McVie is 61. Actress Jamie Rose is 47. Country singer Linda Davis is 44. Blues singer-musician Bernard Allison is 41. Country singer-musician Steve Grisaffe is 41. Actress Kristin Bauer ("Two and a Half Men") is 33. Actor Peter Facinelli is 33. Actress Maia Campbell is 30. Country singer Joe Nichols is 30. Actress Jessica Bowman is 26. Singer Lil Fizz is 21.

Thought for Today: "Freedom is always and exclusively freedom for the one who thinks differently." — Attributed to Rosa Luxemburg, German socialist leader (1870-1919).