Thursday, November 12, 2015

Today in History: Thursday, November 12, 2015

AP Highlight in History: 
On Nov. 12, 1927, Josef Stalin became the undisputed ruler of the Soviet Union as Leon Trotsky was expelled from the Communist Party.
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On this date in:
1920Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis was elected baseball's first commissioner.
1942The World War II naval Battle of Guadalcanal began.
1948Former Japanese premier Hideki Tojo and several other World War II Japanese leaders were sentenced to death by a war crimes tribunal.
1954Ellis Island closed after processing more than 20 million immigrants since opening in New York Harbor in 1892.
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1982Yuri V. Andropov was elected to succeed the late Leonid I. Brezhnev as general secretary of the Soviet Communist Party's Central Committee.
1985Xavier Suarez was elected Miami's first Cuban-American mayor.
1990Japanese Emperor Akihito formally assumed the Chrysanthemum Throne.
1997Ramzi Yousef was found guilty of masterminding the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center.
1999President Bill Clinton signed a sweeping measure knocking down Depression-era barriers and allowing banks, investment firms and insurance companies to sell each other's products.
2001An American Airlines flight crashed near New York's Kennedy airport, killing 265 people.
2004A jury convicted Scott Peterson of murdering his pregnant wife, Laci, and dumping her body in San Francisco Bay. (Peterson was later sentenced to death.)
2009Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan was charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder in the Fort Hood, Texas, massacre.
2011Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi resigned.
2011The Arab League voted to suspend Syria over the country's bloody crackdown on protesters.
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Actor Ryan Gosling turns 35 years old today.
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Norman Y. MinetaFormer secretary of transportation84
Wallace ShawnActor, playwright72
Booker T. JonesRock musician (Booker T. & the MGs)71
Al MichaelsSportscaster71
Neil YoungRock musician70
Jack ReedU.S. senator, D-R.I.66
Megan MullallyActress ("Will and Grace")57
Nadia ComaneciOlympic gold medal gymnast54
Sammy SosaBaseball player47
Radha MitchellActress42
Actress Anne Hathaway turns 33 years old today.
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