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November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving

Today is Thursday November 26, 2015 330 day of 2015, 35 remaining Sunrise: 7:02 a.m. Sunset: 4:52p.m. 9 hours and 50 minutes of daylight today Moonrise 6:06 p.m. Moonset: 7:36 a.m. Special Celebrations today: Today is Thanksgiving Day, National Cake Day ( Have you heard about the Pumple Cake) and Shopping Reminder Day. On This Day In: . 1716 - The first lion to be exhibited in America went on display in Boston, MA. 1731 - English poet William Cowper was born. He is best known for "The Poplar Trees" and "The Task." 1789 - U.S. President Washington set aside this day to observe the adoption of the Constitution of the United States. 1825 - The first college social fraternity, Kappa Alpha, was formed at Union College in Schenectady, NY. 1832 - Public streetcar service began in New York City. 1867 - J.B. Sutherland patented the refrigerated railroad car. 1917 - The National Hockey League (NHL) was officially formed in Montreal, Canada. 1922 - In Egypt, Howard Carter peered into the tomb of King Tutankhamen. 1940 - The Nazis forced 500,000 Jews of Warsaw, Poland to live within a walled ghetto. 1941 - U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a bill establishing the fourth Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day. In 1939 Roosevelt had signed a bill that changed the celebration of Thanksgiving to the third Thursday of November. 1942 - U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered nationwide gasoline rationing to begin December 1. 1942 - The motion picture "Casablanca" had its world premiere at the Hollywood Theater in New York City. 1943 - The HMS Rohna became the first ship to be sunk by a guided missile. The German missile attack led to the death of 1,015 U.S. troops. 1949 - India's Constituent Assembly adopted the country's constitution The country became republic within the British Commonwealth two months later. 1950 - China entered the Korean conflict forcing UN forces to retreat. 1958 - Maurice Richard (Montreal Canadiens) scored his 600th NHL career goal. 1965 - France became the third country to enter space when it launched its first satellite the Diamant-A. 1973 - Rose Mary Woods, told a federal court that she was responsible for the 18-1/2 minute gap in a key Watergate tape. Woods was U.S. President Nixon's personal secretary. 1975 - Lynette"Squeaky" Fromme was found guilty by a federal jury in Sacramento, CA, for trying to assassinate U.S. President Ford on September 5. 1979 - The International Olympic Committee voted to re-admit China after a 21-year absence. 1983 - A Brinks Mat Ltd. vault at London's Heathrow Airport was robbed by gunmen. The men made off with 6,800 gold bars worth nearly $40 million. Only a fraction of the gold has ever been recovered and only two men were convicted in the heist. 1985 - The rights to Richard Nixon's autobiography were acquired by Random House for $3,000,000. 1986 - U.S. President Reagan appointed a commission headed by former Sen. John Tower to investigate his National Security Council staff after the Iran-Contra affair. 1988 - The U.S. denied an entry visa to PLO chairman Yasser Arafat, who was seeking permission to travel to New York to address the U.N. General Assembly. 1990 - Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev met with Iraqi Foreign Minister Tariq Aziz at the Kremlin to demand that Iraq withdraw from Kuwait. 1990 - Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. agreed to acquire MCA Inc. for $6.6 billion. 1992 - The British government announced that Queen Elizabeth II had volunteered to start paying taxes on her personal income. She also took her children off the public payroll. 1995 - Two men set fire to a subway token booth in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The clerk inside was fatally burned. 1997 - The U.S. and North Korea held high-level discussions at the State Department for the first time. 1998 - British Prime Minister Tony Blair made a speech to the Irish Parliament. It was a first time event for a British Prime Minister. 1998 - Hulk Hogan announced that he was retiring from pro wrestling and would run for president in 2000. 2003 - The U.N. atomic agency adopted a resolution that censured Iran for past nuclear cover-ups and warning that it would be policed to put to rest suspicions that the country had a weapons agenda. 2011 - The Mars Science Laboratory/Curiosity spacecraft launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL. The Mars rover Curiosity landed on the floor of Gale Crater on August 6, 2012. If today is your birthday you share your special day with: Eric Severeid 1912 Eugene Ionesco 1912 Charles M. Schulz 1922 Robert Goulet 1933 Marian Mercer 1935 Rich Little 1938 Tina Turner (Anna Mae Bullock) 1938 Jean Terrell 1944 John McVie (Fleetwood Mac) 1945 - Fleetwood Mac Merchandise Art Shell 1946 Scott Jacoby 1955 Jamie Rose 1959 Linda Davis 1962 Steve Grisaffe (Road River) 1965 Garcelle Beauvais 1966 Maia Campbell 1976 Peter Facinelli 1973 - Actor ("Twilight") - Tags: Daily Almanac/tides