Sunday, November 17, 2013

TODAY IN HISTORY

Sunday, November  17, 2013
AP Highlight in History: 
On Nov. 17, 1558, Elizabeth I ascended to the English throne upon the death of Queen Mary.
On this date in:
1800Congress held its first session in Washington, D.C., in the partially completed Capitol building.
1869The Suez Canal opened in Egypt, linking the Mediterranean and the Red seas.
1934Lyndon B. Johnson married Claudia Alta Taylor, better known as "Lady Bird."
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1962Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C., was dedicated.
1968NBC outraged football fans by cutting away from the final minutes of a game to air a TV special, "Heidi," on schedule.
1970The Soviet Union landed an unmanned, remote-controlled vehicle on the moon.
1973President Richard M. Nixon told an Associated Press managing editors meeting in Orlando, Fla., "I'm not a crook."
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1997Six militants opened fire at the Temple of Hatshepsut in Luxor, Egypt, killing 62 people, most of them foreign tourists. The attackers were killed by police.
2003John Allen Muhammad was convicted of two counts of capital murder in the Washington-area sniper shootings. (He was later sentenced to death and executed.)
2003Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger was sworn in as governor of California.
2008The vampire romance movie "Twilight" premiered in Los Angeles.
2010A hand-count of votes affirmed the re-election of U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, the first Senate candidate in over 50 years to win a write-in campaign.
2010The first Guantanamo detainee to face civilian trial, Ahmed Ghailani, was convicted by federal jury in New York on one charge of conspiracy related to 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Ghailani's native Tanzania.
 
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HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS DAY IN HISTORY
Today's Birthdays:
House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, turns 64 years old today.
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NameProfessionAge
James InhofeU.S. senator, R-Okla.79
Gordon LightfootSinger75
Martin ScorseseDirector71
Lauren HuttonActress70
Jim BoeheimCollege basketball coach69
Lorne MichaelsTV producer ("Saturday Night Live")69
Tom SeaverBaseball Hall of Famer69
Elvin HayesBasketball Hall of Famer68
Howard DeanFormer governor of Vermont65
Stephen RootActor ("NewsRadio," "Office Space")62
Mary Elizabeth MastrantonioActress55
RuPaulEntertainer53
Patrick ToomeyU.S. senator, R-Pa.52
Daisy FuentesActress, model47
Rachel McAdamsActress ("The Notebook," "Mean Girls")35
Reggie WayneFootball player35
Isaac HansonRock musician (Hanson)33
Ryan BraunBaseball player30
Actor Danny DeVito turns 69 years old today.
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