Today is Nov. 23.
It was on this date in 1992 that the United States lowered its flag over the last American base in the Philippines. The event ended nearly a century of U.S. military presence in the former American colony. The U.S. naval base at Subic Bay had been the center of American military operations in Southeast Asia. But Washington and Manila had been unable to agree to terms for a new lease on the land, and so the old lease was allowed to expire.
Also on this date in 1992, a Senate report said no credible evidence was found to support claims that Ronald Reagan's 1980 presidential campaign tried to delay the release of the U.S. hostages held by Iran. You might recall that the 52 Americans held at the U.S. embassy in Tehran since Nov. 4, 1979, were released on Reagan's inauguration date in January 1981.
The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg was carved out of the Netherlands on this date in 1890 and became independent.
World War II rationing ended in the United States on all foods except sugar on this date in 1945.
And it was on this date in 1997 that Prince Charles appointed former British Prime Minister John Major as the legal and financial protector of Princes William and Harry. The boys' mother, Diana, had been killed in a car accident in Paris almost three months earlier.
We now return you to the present, already in progress.