Today is Saturday, Nov. 26, the 331st day of 2016 with 35 to follow.
The moon is waning. 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 Sagittarius. They include German composer Johannes Bach in 1604; English clergyman and college benefactor John Harvard in 1607; English poet William Cowper in 1731; surgeon and women's rights leader Mary Walker Edwards in 1832; gambler, frontier lawman and sports columnist William "Bat" Masterson in 1853; air conditioning engineer Willis Carrier in 1876; baseball Hall of Fame member Lefty Gomez in 1908; French playwright Eugene Ionesco in 1909; TV journalist Eric Sevareid in 1912; science fiction writer Frederik Pohl in 1919; cartoonist Charles Schulz ("Peanuts") in 1922; Argentine pacifist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Adolfo Perez Esquivel in 1931 (age 85); singer Robert Goulet in 1933; impressionist Rich Little in 1938 (age 78); Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members Tina Turner in 1939 (age 77) and John McVie in 1945 (age 71); and football Hall of Fame member Art Shell in 1946 (age 70).
On this date in history:
In 1789, U.S. President George Washington declared Nov. 26, 1789, to be Thanksgiving Day. It was the first U.S. holiday by presidential proclamation.
In 1842, the University of Notre Dame was founded in South Bend, Ind.
In 1956, bandleader Tommy Dorsey died at age 51. His records sold more than 110 million copies.
In 1965, France launched a satellite into space, becoming the world's third space power after the United States and the Soviet Union.
In 1984, the United States and Iraq restored diplomatic relations, ending a 17-year break.
In 1997, the price of gold in New York City fell to $298 per ounce, the lowest level in 12 years.
In 2005, a 67-year-old textile tycoon in India, Vijaypat Singhania, set the world record for the highest flight in a hot-air balloon, reaching 69,852 feet over Mumbai.
In 2008, militants launched a series of coordinated attacks on Mumbai landmarks and commercial hubs popular with foreign tourists. More than 170 people died and about 300 were wounded in the three-day siege.
In 2009, U.S. President Barack Obama announced a 10-year, nationwide effort to move U.S. students to the head of the global class in science and math achievement.
In 2012, rebels in Syria said airstrikes and other violence in the war-torn country killed at least 117 people, including children on a playground.
In 2013, Pope Francis denounced out-of-control capitalism, "unbridled consumerism," an "idolatry of money" and "the inequality that spawns violence" around the world.
A thought for the day: "To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life." -- W. Somerset Maugham