UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017

On Nov. 15, 1920, the first assembly of the League of Nations was called to order in Geneva, Switzerland.
By United Press International  |  Nov. 15, 2017 at 3:00 AM
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Today is Wednesday, Nov. 15, the 319th day of 2017 with 46 to follow.

The moon is waning. The morning stars are Jupiter, Mars and Venus.

Those born on this date are under the sign of Scorpio. They include British astronomer William Herschel, discoverer of the planet Uranus, in 1738; artist Georgia O'Keeffe in 1887; World War II German Gen. Erwin Rommel in 1891; TV personality and retired Judge Joseph Wapner in 1919; actor Edward Asner in 1929 (age 88); pop singer Petula Clark in 1932 (age 85); actors Yaphet Kotto in 1939 (age 78); actor Sam Waterston in 1940 (age 77); conductor Daniel Barenboim in 1942 (age 75); fashion designer Jimmy Choo in 1948 (age 69); actor Beverly D'Angelo in 1951 (age 66); wrestler Randy Savage in 1952); musician Kevin Eubanks in 1957 (age 60); actor Jonny Lee Miller in 1972 (age 45); rock musician Chad Kroeger in 1974 (age 43); actor Sean Murray in 1977 (age 40); golf champion Lorena Ochoa in 1981 (age 36); actor Shailene Woodley in 1991 (age 26).

On this date in history:

In 1791, Georgetown University, in what is now Washington, D.C., opened as the first Roman Catholic college in the United States.

In 1864, Union General William Tecumseh Sherman's March to the Sea begins with the burning of Atlanta, Georgia.

In 1920, the first assembly of the League of Nations was called to order in Geneva, Switzerland. The league dissolved after 26 and was replaced by the United Nations.

In 1926, the NBC radio network made its debut.

In 1943, Heinrich Himmler ordered that Gypsies be placed in Nazi concentration camps.

In 1969, more than 500,000 people demonstrated in Washington against the Vietnam War.

In 1984, 5-week-old Baby Fae died after her body rejected the baboon heart she had lived with for 20 days at California's Loma Linda University Medical Center.

In 1987, 27 people were killed in the crash of a Continental Airlines DC-9 jet taking off from Denver in a snowstorm.

In 2004, U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell submitted his resignation.

In 2007, Cyclone Sidr, with winds of more than 150 mph, slammed into the southwestern Bangladesh coast, killing more than 3,400 people. Tens of thousands were injured and 1 million people were homeless.

In 2010, a five-story building in New Delhi that housed migrant workers collapsed, killing at least 42 people, with 65 others hurt and many more feared buried in debris.

In 2010, a fire in a high-rise Shanghai apartment building, primarily a home for teachers, killed more than 58 people and injured dozens.

In 2012, Turkish Foreign Minister Agmet Davutoglu announced Turkey had joined France and several Arab states in officially recognizing a coalition of rebels as legitimate leaders in war-torn Syria.

A thought for the day: "Right is right, even if everyone is against it, and wrong is wrong, even if everyone is for it." -- Willam Penn

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