Today in History – Monday, Nov. 14, 2016

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Today is Monday, Nov. 14, the 319th day of 2016. There are 47 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

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On Nov. 14, 1851, Herman Melville’s novel “Moby-Dick; Or, The Whale” was published in the United States, almost a month after being released in Britain.

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In 1889, inspired by the Jules Verne novel “Around the World in Eighty Days,” New York World reporter Nellie Bly (Elizabeth Cochrane) set out to make the trip in less time than the fictional Phileas Fogg. (She completed the journey in 72 days.)

In 1910, Eugene B. Ely became the first aviator to take off from a ship as his Curtiss pusher rolled off a sloping platform on the deck of the scout cruiser USS Birmingham off Hampton Roads, Virginia.

In 1925, the first group exhibition of surrealistic paintings opened at the Galerie Pierre in Paris.

In 1940, during World War II, German planes destroyed most of the English town of Coventry.

In 1944, Tommy Dorsey and his orchestra recorded “Opus No. 1” for RCA Victor.

In 1954, the president of Egypt, Muhammad Naguib, was deposed by the Revolutionary Command Council, leaving Gamal Abdel Nasser fully in charge as acting head of state.

In 1965, the U.S. Army’s first major military operation of the Vietnam War began with the start of the five-day Battle of Ia Drang. (The fighting between American troops and North Vietnamese forces ended on Nov. 18 with both sides claiming victory.)

In 1969, Apollo 12 blasted off for the moon.

In 1970, a chartered Southern Airways DC-9 crashed while trying to land in West Virginia, killing all 75 people on board, including the Marshall University football team and its coaching staff.

In 1976, the satirical comedy-drama “Network,” starring Peter Finch as a deranged TV anchorman who becomes a media sensation, was released by MGM.

In 1986, the Securities and Exchange Commission imposed a $100 million penalty against inside-trader Ivan F. Boesky and barred him from working again in the securities industry.

In 1996, Cardinal Joseph Bernardin (BURN’-uh-deen), the senior Roman Catholic prelate in the United States and leader of Chicago’s 2.3 million Catholics, died at his home at age 68. Singer Michael Jackson married his plastic surgeon’s nurse, Debbie Rowe, in a ceremony in Sydney, Australia. (Rowe filed for divorce in 1999.)

Ten years ago: Gunmen kidnapped up to 150 staff and visitors in a raid on a Higher Education Ministry office in Baghdad, Iraq. (Some of the captives were reportedly released, others were presumably killed.) President George W. Bush left the White House on a state visit to Vietnam. Brandon Webb of the Arizona Diamondbacks won a wide-open race for the NL Cy Young Award.

Five years ago: Former Penn State football assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, in a telephone interview with NBC News’ “Rock Center,” denied allegations he’d sexually abused eight boys and said any activities in a campus shower with a boy were just horseplay. A Russian spacecraft carrying NASA astronaut Dan Burbank and two Russians blasted off from the snow-covered Kazakh steppes, headed for the International Space Station.

One year ago: The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a wave of attacks in Paris that killed 130 people and said France would remain at the “top of the list” of its targets. A high-speed train, undergoing a test run, derailed and plunged into a canal in northeast France, killing 11 people. In the Democrats’ second debate of the presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton cast herself as the country’s strongest commander-in-chief in a scary world while fending off questions from Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley about her corporate ties. Saeed Jaffrey, 85, an Indian actor acclaimed for his roles in international films including “Gandhi,” ”A Passage to India” and “My Beautiful Laundrette,” died in London.

Today’s Birthdays: Actress Kathleen Hughes is 88. Former MLB All-Star Jimmy Piersall is 87. Former NASA astronaut Fred Haise is 83. Jazz musician Ellis Marsalis is 82. Composer Wendy Carlos is 77. Writer P.J. O’Rourke is 69. Britain’s Prince Charles is 68. Rock singer-musician James Young (Styx) is 67. Singer Stephen Bishop is 65. Blues musician Anson Funderburgh is 62. Pianist Yanni is 62. Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is 62. Presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett is 60. Actress Laura San Giacomo (JEE’-ah-koh-moh) is 55. Actor D.B. Sweeney is 55. Rapper Reverend Run (Run-DMC) is 52. Actor Patrick Warburton is 52. Rock musician Nic Dalton is 52. Country singer Rockie Lynne is 52. Pop singer Jeanette Jurado (Expose) is 51. Retired MLB All-Star pitcher Curt Schilling is 50. Rock musician Brian Yale is 48. Rock singer Butch Walker is 47. Actor Josh Duhamel (du-MEHL’) is 44. Rock musician Travis Barker is 41. Contemporary Christian musician Robby Shaffer is 41. Actor Brian Dietzen is 39. Rapper Shyheim is 39. Rock musician Tobin Esperance (Papa Roach) is 37. Actress Olga Kurylenko is 37. Actress/comedian Vanessa Bayer is 35. Actor Russell Tovey (TV: “Quantico”) is 35. Actor Cory Michael Smith is 30. Actor Graham Patrick Martin is 25.

Thought for Today: “I never gave away anything without wishing I had kept it; nor kept anything without wishing I had given it away.” — Louise Brooks, American actress (born this date in 1906, died 1985).

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