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Today in History - Nov. 27

Today is Monday, Nov. 27, the 331st day of 2006. There are 34 days left in the year.
/ Source: The Associated Press

Today is Monday, Nov. 27, the 331st day of 2006. There are 34 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Nov. 27, 1978, San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and City Supervisor Harvey Milk, a gay-rights activist, were shot to death inside City Hall by former supervisor Dan White.

On this date:

In 1701, astronomer Anders Celsius, inventor of the Celsius temperature scale, was born in Uppsala, Sweden.

In 1901, the U.S. Army War College was established in Washington.

In 1910, the Pennsylvania Railroad began service at New York's Pennsylvania Station.

In 1942, during World War II, the French navy at Toulon scuttled its ships and submarines to keep them out of the hands of the Nazis.

In 1945, Gen. George C. Marshall was named special U.S. envoy to China to try to end hostilities between the Nationalists and the Communists.

In 1953, playwright Eugene O'Neill died in Boston at age 65.

In 1970, Pope Paul VI, visiting the Philippines, was slightly wounded at the Manila airport by a dagger-wielding Bolivian painter disguised as a priest.

In 1973, the Senate voted 92-3 to confirm Gerald R. Ford as vice president, succeeding Spiro T. Agnew, who'd resigned.

In 1983, 183 people were killed when a Colombian Avianca Airlines Boeing 747 crashed near Madrid's Barajas airport.

In 1989, 107 people were killed when a bomb blamed by police on drug traffickers destroyed a Colombian jetliner.

Ten years ago: A federal judge blocked enforcement of a California initiative to dismantle affirmative action, saying civil rights groups had a "strong probability" of proving it unconstitutional. Evan C. Hunziker, an American jailed by North Korea on spy charges, was set free, ending a three-month ordeal.

Five years ago: Afghan factions opened power-sharing talks outside Bonn, Germany.

One year ago: Doctors in France performed the world's first partial face transplant on a woman disfigured by a dog bite; Isabelle Dinoire received the lips, nose and chin of a brain-dead woman in a 15-hour operation. Actress Jocelyn Brando, older sister of Marlon Brando, died in Santa Monica, Calif., at age 86. Joe Jones, who sang the 1961 hit "You Talk Too Much," died in Los Angeles at age 79.

Today's Birthdays: Actor James Avery is 58. TV host Bill Nye ("Bill Nye, the Science Guy") is 51. Actor William Fichtner is 50. Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg is 49. Rock musician Charlie Burchill (Simple Minds) is 47. Rock musician Charlie Benante (Anthrax) is 44. Rock musician Mike Bordin (Faith No More) is 44. Actor Fisher Stevens is 43. Actress Robin Givens is 42. Actor Michael Vartan is 38. Rapper Skoob (DAS EFX) is 36. Rapper Twista is 34. Actor Jaleel White is 30.

Thought for Today: "Nothing is more despicable than a professional talker who uses his words as a quack uses his remedies." — Francois Fenelon, French theologian (1651-1715).