Sunday, November 9, 2014

Today in History: Sunday, November 09, 2014

AP Highlight in History: 
On Nov. 9, 1989, Communist East Germany threw open its borders, allowing citizens to travel freely to the West. Joyous Germans danced atop the Berlin Wall.
 
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1918Germany's Kaiser Wilhelm II announced that he would abdicate.
1935United Mine Workers president John L. Lewis and other labor leaders formed the Committee for Industrial Organization.
1938Nazis looted and burned synagogues and Jewish-owned stores and houses in Germany and Austria on Kristallnacht, the "night of broken glass." 
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1965Several northeastern states and parts of Canada were hit by a series of power failures lasting up to 13 1/2 hours.
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1970Former French president Charles De Gaulle died at age 79.
1976The United Nations General Assembly approved 10 resolutions condemning apartheid in South Africa.
2001The northern Afghan city of Mazar-e-Sharif fell to the northern alliance in the first major territorial advance for the rebels against the ruling Taliban.
2004Houston Astros pitcher Roger Clemens won his record seventh Cy Young award.
2005Three suicide bombers carried out nearly simultaneous attacks on three U.S.-based hotels in Amman, Jordan, killing 60 victims and wounding hundreds.
2011Penn State fired longtime head football coach Joe Paterno and university president Graham Spanier over their handling of child sex abuse allegations against former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky..
 
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Today's Birthdays:
Baseball Hall of Famer Bob Gibson turns 79 years old today.
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NameProfessionAge
Whitey HerzogHall of Fame baseball manager83
Bob GrahamFormer U.S. senator, D-Fla.78
Robert David HallActor ("CSI")66
Lou FerrignoActor ("The Incredible Hulk")63
Sherrod BrownU.S. senator, D-Ohio62
PepaRapper (Salt-N-Pepa)45
Eric DaneActor ("Grey's Anatomy")42
Nick LacheySinger (98 Degrees)41
Actress Nikki Blonsky ("Hairspray") turns 26 years old today.
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