Today in history
Today is Friday, November 12, the 316th day of 2021. There are 49 days left in the year.
Today’s highlight in history:
On November 12, 1942, the naval battle of Guadalcanal began during World War II. (The Allies ended up winning a major victory over the Japanese forces.)
To this date :
In 1920, baseball had its first âtsarâ when Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis was elected Commissioner of the American and National Leagues.
In 1927, Josef Stalin became the undisputed leader of the Soviet Union as Leon Trotsky was expelled from the Communist Party.
In 1936, the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge opened when President Franklin D. Roosevelt pressed a telegraph key in Washington, DC, giving the green light to traffic.
In 1948, former Japanese Prime Minister Hideki Tojo and several other Japanese World War II leaders were sentenced to death by a war crimes court.
In 1969, news of the My Lai (mee ly) massacre perpetrated by American forces in South Vietnam in March 1968 was announced by investigative journalist Seymour Hersh.
In 1975, Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas retired due to health problems, ending a record 36-year term.
In 1982, Yuri V. Andropov (ahn-DROH’-pawf) was elected to succeed the late Leonid I. Brezhnev as general secretary of the Central Committee of the Soviet Communist Party.
In 1987, the American Medical Association issued a policy statement saying it was unethical for a doctor to refuse to treat someone just because that person had AIDS or was HIV positive.
In 1996, a Saudi Boeing 747 collided shortly after take off from New Delhi, India, with a Kazak Ilyushin (il-YOO’-shin) -76 cargo plane, killing 349 people.
In 2001, American Airlines Flight 587, an Airbus A300 bound for the Dominican Republic, crashed after taking off from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, killing all 260 people on board and five people. on the ground.
In 2009, Army psychiatrist Major Nidal Malik Hasan (nih-DAHL ‘mah-LEEK’ hah-SAHN ‘) was charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder in Fort Hood, Texas, during of a shootout. (Hasan was later convicted and sentenced to death; no execution date was set.)
In 2019, Venice experienced its worst flooding in over 50 years, with water reaching 6.14 feet above mean sea level; the damage was estimated at hundreds of millions of dollars.
Ten years ago: President Barack Obama met separately with the leaders of Russia and China on the sidelines of a Pacific Rim economic summit in his native Hawaii. Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has resigned, ending a political era and initiating a transition aimed at lifting the country from the brink of economic crisis. In a surprisingly brutal move, the Arab League voted to suspend Syria following the country’s bloody crackdown on protesters and stepped up calls for the military to stop killing civilians.
Five years ago: Tens of thousands marched through the streets of the United States, staging the fourth day of protests against Donald Trump’s surprise victory as President. Hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets of Seoul (sohl), South Korea, demanding the resignation of President Park Geun-hye (goon-hay) amid an explosive political scandal.
A year ago: The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, a broad coalition of senior government and industry officials, dismissed President Donald Trump’s election fraud allegations, saying the election was “the safest of American history âand that there wasâ no evidence that any voting system suppressed or lost votes, altered votes or was compromised in any way. Federal health officials have made a deal with pharmacies across the United States to distribute free coronavirus vaccines once the vaccines have been approved and available. Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman easily won the National League MVP title, while Chicago White Sox hitter JosÃ© Abreu was named AL MVP.
Today’s Birthdays: Singer Brian Hyland is 78 years old. Actor and playwright Wallace Shawn is 78 years old. Rock musician Booker T. Jones (Booker T. & the MGs) is 77 years old. Sports host Al Michaels is 77 years old. Singer-songwriter Neil Young is 76 years old. Rock musician Donald “Buck Dharma” Roeser (Blue Oyster Cult) is 74 years old. Senator Jack Reed, DR.I., is 72 years old. Country / gospel singer Barbara Fairchild is 71 years old. Actress Megan Mullally is 63 years old. Actor Vincent Irizarry is 62 years old. Olympic gold Medal-winning gymnast Nadia Comaneci (koh-muh-NEECH ‘) is 60 years old. Rock musician David Ellefson is 57 years old. MLB All-Star retiree Sammy Sosa is 53. Figure skater Tonya Harding is 51 years old. Actress Rebecca Wisocky is 50 years old. Actress Radha Mitchell is 48 Actor Lourdes Benedicto is 47. Actor Tamala Jones is 47 years old. Actor Angela Watson is 47 years old. Singer Tevin Campbell is 45 years old. Actor Ashley Williams is 43 years old. The actor Cote de Pablo is 42 years old. Actor Ryan Gosling is 41 years old. Contemporary Christian musician Chris Huffman is 41. Actress Anne Hathaway is 39 years old. Pop singer Omarion is 37 years old. NBA All-Star Russell Westbrook is 33. Cian folk-rock music Griffin Goldsmith (Dawes) is 31 years old. Actor Macey Cruthird is 29 years old.