The almanac

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Today is Saturday, Nov. 9, the 313th day of 2013 with 52 to follow.

The moon is waxing. The morning stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury and Saturn. The evening stars are Neptune, Uranus and Venus.


Those born on this date are under the sign of Scorpio. They include astronomer Benjamin Banneker in 1731; Russian author Ivan Turgenev in 1818; architect Stanford White in 1853; actor-comedian Ed Wynn in 1886; actors Marie Dressler in 1868 and Hedy Lamarr in 1913; Sargent Shriver, first director of the Peace Corps, in 1915; former Vice President Spiro T. Agnew in 1918; actor Dorothy Dandridge in 1922; astronomer Carl Sagan in 1934; baseball Hall of Fame members Whitey Herzog in 1931 (age 82) and Bob Gibson in 1935 (age 78); folk singer Mary Travers (of Peter, Paul and Mary) in 1936; Rock and Rool Hall of fame member Tom Fogerty (Creedence Clearwater Revival), in 1941; bodybuilder/actor Lou Ferrigno (TV's "Incredible Hulk") in 1951 (age 62); musician Susan Tedeschi in 1970 (age 43); and singer Nick Lachey in 1973 (age 40).


On this date in history:

In 1918, Germany's Kaiser Wilhelm II abdicated as World War I drew to a close.

In 1933, U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt set up the Civil Works Administration as an emergency Depression agency to provide jobs for the unemployed.

In 1938, mobs of Germans attacked Jewish businesses and homes throughout Germany in what became known as Kristallnacht, or Crystal Night.

In 1953, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Major League Baseball isn't within the scope of federal antitrust laws.

In 1965, a massive power failure left more than 30 million people in the dark in the northeastern United States and eastern Canada.

In 1984, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington was completed by the addition of the Frederick Hart statue called "Three Servicemen."

In 1985, Gary Kasparov, 22, became the youngest world chess champion, ending the 10-year reign of Anatoly Karpov in Moscow.

In 1989, East Germany announced free passage for its citizens through border checkpoints. The announcement rendered the Berlin Wall, the most reviled symbol of the Cold War, virtually irrelevant 28 years after its construction.

In 1995, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat visited Israel for the first time to offer personal condolences to the wife of slain Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.


In 2006, losses by incumbent Republicans in Virginia and Montana in midterm elections gave the Democratic Party a majority in the U.S. Senate.

In 2008, three men were executed by firing squad for 2002 bombings in Bali that killed 202 people, mostly tourists.

In 2009, three American hikers arrested in July near the Iran-Iraq border were charged with spying.

In 2011, a burgeoning child sexual-abuse scandal at Penn State University claimed its legendary football coach when the school's board of trustees fired Joe Paterno. Authorities investigating 40 child-abuse counts against former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky accused Paterno of helping conceal allegations against his old friend. Penn State President Graham Spanier also was sacked.

In 2012, CIA Director David Petraeus resigned, citing an extramarital affair.

A thought for the day: Edgar Watson Howe wrote, "What people say behind your back is your standing in the community."

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