Today is Sunday, Nov. 23, the 327th day of 2014 with 38 to follow.
The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Jupiter, Mercury and Saturn. Evening stars are Mars, Neptune, Uranus and Venus.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Sagittarius. They include Edward Rutledge, signer of the U.S. Declaration of Independence, in 1749; Franklin Pierce, 14th president of the United States, in 1804; U.S. outlaw Billy "The Kid" Bonney in 1859; Swedish politician and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Hjalmar Branting in 1860; Mexican artist Jose Clemente Orozco in 1883; actor Boris Karloff in 1887; comic actor Harpo (Adolph Arthur) Marx of the Marx Brothers in 1888; Romain de Tirtoff, the Russian fashion designer and artist known as Erte, in 1892; actors Michael Gough in 1916, Franco Nero in 1941 (age 73) and Susan Anspach in 1942 (age 72); composer Johnny Mandel in 1925 (age 89); screenwriter Robert Towne in 1934 (age 80); radio personality Tom Joyner in 1949 (age 65); musician Bruce Hornsby in 1954 (age 60); television personalities Robin Roberts in 1960 (age 54) and Nicole "Snookie" Polizzi in 1987 (age 27); and actor/singer Miley Cyrus in 1992 (age 22).
On this date in history:
In 1889, the first jukebox was placed in service in the Palais Royal Saloon in San Francisco.
In 1890, the independent Grand Duchy of Luxembourg was separated from the Netherlands.
In 1919, the first play-by-play football game broadcast by radio in the United States described Texas A&M's 7-0 shutout of the University of Texas.
In 1936, Life magazine made its debut.
In 1943, the U.S. Marines took control of the Gilbert Islands from Japanese forces following a fierce 76-hour battle.
In 1945, World War II rationing ended in the United States on all foods except sugar.
In 1963, in a radio and TV broadcast the day after President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, President Lyndon Johnson said: "John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 35th president of the United States, has been taken from us by an act which outrages decent men everywhere. He upheld the faith of our fathers, which is freedom for all men. He broadened the frontiers of that faith, and backed it with the energy and the courage which are the mark of the nation he led. A man of wisdom, strength and peace, he molded and moved the power of our nation in the service of a world of growing liberty and order. All who love freedom will mourn his death."
In 1980, an earthquake in the Naples, Italy, region killed more than 3,000 people.
In 1992, the United States lowered its flag over the last U.S. base in the Philippines, ending nearly a century of military presence in its former colony.
In 1996, a hijacker forced an Ethiopian jetliner to fly until it ran out of fuel. The aircraft crashed into the sea, killing 125 of the 175 people on board.
In 2002, the Bush administration eased anti-pollution regulations that required older coal-fired refineries to upgrade facilities with modern clean air equipment in an effort to spur expanded construction of power plants.
In 2004, in a disputed Ukraine election, the day after opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko declared himself the winner, officials determined that Kremlin-backed Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych was the real winner.
In 2010, South Korean officials said North Korea bombarded the South's Yeonpyeong Island, killing two civilians and two marines and injuring 18 other people in an apparent effort to discourage upcoming U.S.-South Korea joint military exercises.
In 2011, legislation making casino gambling legal in Massachusetts was signed into law by Gov. Deval Patrick, who said he favored the proposal for its job-creating potential.
In 2012, a day after Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi issued a decree stating his decisions weren't subject to review or appeal, police in Cairo used tear gas on thousands of protesters accusing him of making a despotic power grab.
In 2013, Afghan President Hamid Karzai publicly accused U.S. Special Forces troops of killing two civilians in a raid. An American official said the raid, in which insurgents died, was "Afghan-led with 100 Afghan National Security Force personnel and 17 coalition advisers."
A thought for the day: Actor and motivational speaker Mr. T said, "For many people it's easy to quit, but don't; that's what separates the winners from the losers, what separates the all-stars from the also-rans."