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UPI Almanac for Monday, Nov. 14, 2016

On Nov. 14, 1889, newspaper reporter Nellie Bly set off to break the fictional record of voyaging around the world in 80 days set by Jules Verne's character Phileas Fogg. She made the trip in 72 days, 6 hours, 11 minutes and 14 seconds.

By United Press International
UPI Almanac for Monday, Nov. 14, 2016
Portrait of journalist Elizabeth Cochrane, better known as Nellie Bly, taken ca. 1890. In 1889 Bly set out on an around the world adventure, emulating that taken by Jules Verne's fictional character Phileas Fogg. Photo courtesy the Library of Congress

Today is Monday, Nov. 14, the 319th day of 2016 with 47 to follow.

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

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Those born on this date are under the sign of Scorpio. They include Robert Fulton, inventor of the steamboat, in 1765; French Impressionist painter Claude Monet, in 1840; Indian statesman Jawaharlal Nehru in 1889; U.S. composer Aaron Copland in 1900; singers Morton Downey in 1901 and Johnny Desmond in 1919; actor/singer Dick Powell in 1904; Swedish writer Astrid Lindgren in 1907; U.S. Sen. Joseph McCarthy, R-Wis., in 1908; former U.N. Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali in 1922; actors Brian Keith in 1921, Veronica Lake in 1922 and McLean Stevenson in 1927; astronaut Edward White, killed in a 1967 Apollo I launch pad fire, in 1930; King Hussein of Jordan in 1935; writer P.J. O'Rourke and musician Buckwheat Zydeco, both in 1947 (age 69); Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, in 1948 (age 68); former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and New Age singer/songwriter Yanni in 1954 (age 62); actors D.B. Sweeney in 1961 (age 55), Laura San Giacomo in 1962 (age 54) and Patrick Warburton in 1964 (age 52); and television newscaster Bill Hemmer, also in 1964 (age 52).

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On this date in history:

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In 1666, the first blood transfusion took place in London. Blood from one dog was transfused into another.

In 1832, the first horse-drawn streetcar made its appearance in New York City.

In 1889, newspaper reporter Nellie Bly set off to break the fictional record of voyaging around the world in 80 days set by Jules Verne's character Phileas Fogg. She made the trip in 72 days, 6 hours, 11 minutes and 14 seconds.

In 1910, pilot Eugene Burton Ely successfully completed the first shipboard take off, paving the way towards the development of aircraft carriers as part of modern naval fleets.

In 1922, the British Broadcasting Service (BBC) radio service begins in the United Kingdom.

In 1940, German planes bombed Coventry, England, killing and injuring hundreds of people and destroying or damaging 69,000 buildings.

In 1970, members of the Marshall University football team are among 75 casualties when Southern Airways Flight 932 crashes outside of Huntington, WV.

In 1972, for the first time in its 76-year history, the Dow Jones industrial average closed at more than 1,000.

In 1986, the White House acknowledged the CIA's role in secretly shipping weapons to Iran.

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In 1993, residents of Puerto Rico voted in favor of continuing their U.S. commonwealth status.

In 1994, the 31-mile Chunnel Tunnel under the English Channel opened to passenger traffic between England and France.

In 2009, NASA scientists reported finding at least 26 gallons of water on the moon after studying results of their L-cross satellite mission, demonstrating what they called the possibility of sustaining life there.

In 2012, the Pew Hispanic Center said it analyzed Census Bureau data, Election Day 2012 exit polls and a new nationwide survey of Hispanics and concluded that the record number of Latinos who voted for U.S. president would likely double in a generation.


A thought for the day: "Conceit is bragging about yourself. Confidence means you believe you can get the job done." -- Johnny Unitas

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