Today is Monday, Nov. 14, the 318th day of 2005. There are 47 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History:
On Nov. 14, 1889, inspired by Jules Verne, New York World reporter Nellie Bly (Elizabeth Cochrane) set out to travel around the world in less than 80 days. (She made the trip in 72 days.)
On this date:
In 1851, Herman Melville’s novel “Moby-Dick” was first published.
In 1900, Aaron Copland, one of America’s leading composers of the 20th century, was born in New York City.
In 1922, the British Broadcasting Corporation began its domestic radio service.
In 1935, President Roosevelt proclaimed the Philippine Islands a free commonwealth.
In 1940, during World War II, German planes destroyed most of the English town of Coventry.
In 1943, an American torpedo was mistakenly fired at the battleship USS Iowa, which was carrying President Roosevelt and his joint chiefs to the Tehran conference; the torpedo exploded harmlessly in the Iowa’s wake.
In 1968, Yale University announced it was going co-educational.
In 1969, Apollo 12 blasted off for the moon.
In 1972, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above the 1,000 level for the first time, ending the day at 1,003.16.
In 1973, Britain’s Princess Anne married Captain Mark Phillips in Westminster Abbey. (They divorced in 1992, and Anne remarried.)
Ten years ago: The U.S. government instituted a partial shutdown, closing national parks and museums while government offices operated with skeleton crews. U.S. Rep. Enid Greene Waldholtz, R-Utah, filed for divorce from her husband, Joe, who was under federal investigation for possible campaign financing improprieties. (Joe Waldholtz spent 22 months in federal prison.)
Five years ago: Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris certified George W. Bush’s fragile 300-vote lead over Al Gore, hours after a judge refused to lift a 5 p.m. deadline; however, the judge gave Harris the authority to accept or reject follow-up manual recount totals. Pioneering CBS Radio newsman Robert Trout died in New York at age 91.
One year ago: Mahmoud Abbas, the temporary successor to Yasser Arafat, escaped unharmed when militants firing assault rifles burst into a mourning tent for the deceased Palestinian leader in Gaza, killing two security guards. Usher was honored with four trophies at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles, including favorite male soul-R&B artist, best pop-rock album, best pop-rock artist and best soul-R&B album.
Today’s Birthdays: Former U.N. Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali is 83. Actress Kathleen Hughes is 77. Jazz musician Ellis Marsalis is 71. Actor Don Stewart is 70. Blues singer Carey Bell is 69. Pop singer Freddie Garrity (Freddie & the Dreamers) is 65. Writer P.J. O’Rourke is 58. Zydeco singer-musician Buckwheat Zydeco is 58. Britain’s Prince Charles is 57. Actor Robert Ginty is 57. Rock singer-musician James Young (Styx) is 56. Singer Stephen Bishop is 54. Actress Laura San Giacomo is 44. Actor D.B. Sweeney is 44. Rapper Reverend Run (Run-DMC) is 41. Actor Patrick Warburton is 41. Rock musician Nic Dalton (The Lemonheads) is 41. Rhythm-and-blues singer Jeanette Jurado (Expose) is 40. Rock singer Butch Walker is 36. Actor Josh Duhamel is 34. Rock musician Travis Barker (Blink 182) is 30. Rapper Shyheim is 28.
Thought for Today: “Rewards and punishments are the lowest form of education.” — Chuang-tzu (jwang dzoo), Chinese writer (c.369 B.C.-c.286 B.C.).