UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015

Nixon cuts speed limit from 70 mph to 55 mph , Czechoslovakia splits in two ... on this date in history.

By United Press International
UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015
John F. Kennedy Jr. salutes as the casket of his father, the late President John F. Kennedy, is carried from St. Matthew's Cathedral in Washington, DC. File Photo by Stan Stearns/UPI

Today is Wednesday, Nov. 25, the 329th day of 2015 with 36 to follow.

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


Those born on this date are under the sign of Sagittarius. They include industrialist Andrew Carnegie in 1835; pioneer German automobile designer Karl Benz in 1844; social reformer Carrie Nation in 1846; Pope John XXIII in 1881; New York Yankees slugger Joe DiMaggio in 1914; Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet in 1915; writer Poul Anderson in 1926; actors Noel Neill (Lois Lane in the "Superman" TV series) (age 95) and Ricardo Montalban, both in 1920, Kathryn Crosby in 1933 (age 82), Ben Stein in 1944 (age 71) and John Larroquette in 1947 (age 68); football Hall of Fame member Joe Gibbs in 1940 (age 75); singer Percy Sledge in 1940 (age 75); John F. Kennedy Jr. in 1960; singer Amy Grant in 1960 (age 55); and actors Billy Burke in 1966 (age 49) and Christina Applegate in 1971 (age 44).

On this date in history:

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


In 1947, film industry executives announced that 10 directors, producers and actors who refused to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee would be fired or suspended.

In 1952, Agatha Christie's "The Mousetrap" opened in London. It became the world's longest-running play.

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

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

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

In 1986, U.S. President Ronald Reagan announced the resignation of national security adviser John Poindexter and the firing of Marine 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 1992, the Czechoslovakian Parliament voted to dissolve the country at the end of the year into separate Czech and Slovak states.

In 2001, hundreds of U.S. Marines arrived in Afghanistan near the southern city of Kandahar in the first major entry of U.S. ground troops in the country.


In 2003, a report by the United Nations and the World Health Organization said the infection and death rates of HIV/AIDS reached an all-time high.

In 2011, the United States launched an Atlas V rocket to look for life on Mars. Aboard was the rover Curiosity, which would explore the planet, searching for signs of life.

In 2012, military officials in Beijing announced the first successful landing of a Chinese fighter jet on the deck of the Chinese-built aircraft carrier, the Liaoning.

A thought for the day: "And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you -- ask what you can do for your country." -- President John F. Kennedy

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