Today is Wednesday, Nov. 9, the 314th day of 2016 with 52 to follow.
The moon is waxing. The morning star is Jupiter. The evening stars are Mercury, Saturn, Venus, Mars, Neptune and Uranus.
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 85) and Bob Gibson in 1935 (age 81); folk singer Mary Travers (of Peter, Paul and Mary) in 1936; Rock and Roll Hall of fame member Tom Fogerty (Creedence Clearwater Revival), in 1941; bodybuilder/actor Lou Ferrigno (TV's "Incredible Hulk") in 1951 (age 65); musician Susan Tedeschi in 1970 (age 46); singer Nick Lachey in 1973 (age 43) and wife Vanessa Lachey in 1980 (age 36); and actress Analeigh Tipton in 1988 (age 28).
On this date in history:
In 1872, a fire which began in the basement of a warehouse in downtown Boston raged for 12 hours, consuming 65 acres of leaving 776 buildings in ruins, and killing at least 30 people, during the Great Boston Fire of 1872.
In 1906, Theodore Roosevelt travels to Panama to observe the progress being made on the construction of the canal. He was the first sitting President of the United States to embark on an official trip outside the country.
In 1918, Germany's Kaiser Wilhelm II abdicated as World War I drew to a close.
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 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 2007, Germany's Bundestag passes a heavily criticized data retention bill, mandating the collection of its citizen's telecom data for six months without probably cause.
In 2008, three men were executed by firing squad for 2002 bombings in Bali that killed 202 people, mostly tourists.
In 2011, a burgeoning child sexual-abuse scandal at Penn State University involving former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky claimed its legendary football coach when the school's board of trustees fired Joe Paterno.
In 2012, CIA Director David Petraeus resigned, citing an extramarital affair.
In 2013, the USS Gerald R. Ford was christened at Newport News, Va., by the late president's daughter, Susan Ford Bales. The ship is the first of a new class of technologically advanced U.S. nuclear aircraft carriers.
A thought for the day: "We are products of our past, but we don't have to be prisoners of it." -- Rick Warren