The Almanac

By United Press International  |  Nov. 25, 2002 at 3:30 AM
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Today is Monday, Nov. 25, the 329th day of 2002 with 36 to follow.

The moon is waning. The morning stars are Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.

The evening stars are Mercury, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto.

Those born on this date are under the sign of Sagittarius. They include industrialist Andrew Carnegie in 1835; pioneer German automoble designer Karl Benz in 1844; social reformer Carry Nation in 1846; German mathematician Felix Klein in 1849; Pope John XXIII in 1881; New York Yankees slugger Joe DiMaggio in 1914; actors Ricardo Montalban in 1920 (age 82); Kathryn Crosby in 1933 (age 69) and John Larroquette in 1947 (age 55); John F. Kennedy Jr. in 1960; singer Amy Grant, also in 1960 (age 42); and actresses Jill Hennessy in 1969 (age 33) and Christina Applegate in 1971 (age 31).

On this date in history:

In 1783, more than 6,000 British troops evacuated New York City after signing the peace treaty ending the Revolutionary War.

In 1919, radio station WTAW in College Station, Texas, broadcast the first play-by-play description of a football game, between Texas and Texas A&M.

In 1952, Agatha Christie's "The Mousetrap," listed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's longest running play, opened in London.

In 1963, President Kennedy, assassinated in Dallas three days earlier, was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

In 1970, world-renowned Japanese writer Yukio Mishima commited suicide after failing to win public support for his often extreme political beliefs.

In 1973, President Nixon ordered the national highway speed limit cut from 70 mph to 55 mph to save lives and gasoline.

In 1986, President Reagan announced the resignation of national security adviser John Poindexter and the firing of Poindexter aide Lt. Col. Oliver North in the aftermath of the secret, illegal Iran arms sale.

In 1987, Chicago's first black mayor, Harold Washington, died in office of a heart attack at age 65.

In 1990, Poland's first direct presidential elections left Lech Walesa facing a runoff against emigre businessman Stanislaw Tyminski. President Tadeusz Maziwoecki was knocked out of race.

In 1992, the Czechoslovak Parliament voted to dissolve the country at the end of the year into separate Czech and Slovak states.

Also in 1992, a blizzard dumped up to 19 inches of snow in the Plains states, stranding motorists and snarling Thanksgiving travel plans.

In 1993, the U.S. House of Representatives adjourned for the year.

In 1996, a federal task force was sent to St. Petersburg, Fla., following riots triggered by a white police officer shooting a black car theft suspect.

In 1997, Ron Carey, president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, resigned amid questions about his management of union funds.

In 2001, hundreds of Marines arrived in Afghanistan near the southern city of Kandahar in the first major entry of American ground troops in that country in the war on terrorism, Meanwhile, around 400 Taliban captives revolted at a prison near Mazar-c Sharif, overpowered their guards and put up a fierce battle. U.S. planes were called in to bomb the prison.

Also in 2001, A Massachusetts biotechnology company announced it had created the first-ever human embryos by cloning. President Bush said later he considered the work on human cloning to be immoral.

A thought for the day: Andrew Carnegie wrote, "Surplus wealth is a sacred trust which its possessor is bound to administer in his lifetime for the good of the community. ... The man who dies ... rich dies disgraced."

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