Today is Wednesday, Nov. 22, the 326th day of 2017 with 39 to follow.
The moon is waxing. The morning stars are Jupiter, Mars and Venus.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Sagittarius. They include French explorer Rene-Robert Cavelier Sieur de La Salle in 1643; English novelist George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans) in 1819; French statesman and military leader Charles de Gaulle in 1890; Wiley Post, the first pilot to fly solo around the world, in 1898; comedian Rodney Dangerfield in 1921; actor Geraldine Page in 1924; actor Robert Vaughn in 1932; writer/director and Monty Python alum Terry Gilliam in 1940 (age 77); actor Tom Conti in 1941 (age 76); musician Jesse Colin Young in 1941 (age 76); Guion S. Bluford Jr., the first African-American astronaut in space, in 1942 (age 74); tennis star Billie Jean King in 1943 (age 74); guitarist and actor Steven Van Zandt in 1950 (age 67); actor Richard Kind in 1956 (age 61); actor Jamie Lee Curtis in 1958 (age 59); actor Mariel Hemingway in 1961 (age 56); actor Mads Mikkelsen in 1965 (age 52); actor Mark Ruffalo in 1967 (age 50); tennis player Boris Becker in 1967 (age 50); actor Scarlett Johansson in 1984 (age 33); South African Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius in 1986 (age 31); actor Jamie Campbell Bower in 1988 (age 29); actor Dacre Montgomery in 1994 (age 23); actor Katherine McNamara in 1995 (age 22); actor-singer Auli'i Cravalho in 2000 (age 17).
On this date in history:
In 1718, Edward Teach, also known as the pirate Blackbeard, was killed off North Carolina's Outer Banks during a battle with a British navy force.
In 1858, the city of Denver was founded.
In 1935, a Pan American Martin 130 "flying boat" called the China Clipper began regular trans-Pacific mail service. The flight from San Francisco to Manila, Philippines, took 59 hours and 48 minutes.
In 1943, meeting in Cairo, Egypt, President Franklin Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Chinese Premier Chiang Kai-Shek discuss ways to defeat the Empire of Japan.
In 1950, a train wreck in New York City killed 79 people.
In 1954, the Humane Society of the United States was founded.
In 1963, U.S. President John F. Kennedy, 46, in the third year of his first term, was assassinated while riding in a motorcade in Dallas. Vice President Lyndon Johnson was sworn in as the nation's 36th chief executive. Lee Harvey Oswald was charged with Kennedy's slaying but was killed before he could go to trial.
In 1972, the U.S. State Department ended a 22-year ban on U.S. travel to China.
In 1977, the Anglo-French supersonic Concorde jetliner began scheduled flights to New York from London and Paris.
In 1980, film legend Mae West died at the age of 88. She was buried in Brooklyn after a memorial service in Hollywood.
In 1988, the U.S. Air Force publicly unveiled the B-2 Stealth bomber for the first time before some 2,500 spectators, including members of Congress and other dignitaries.
In 1989, newly elected Lebanese President Rene Moawad died in bomb blast that also killed 17 other people in Syrian-patrolled Muslim West Beirut.
In 1990, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher resigned after 11 years in office.
In 1993, Mexico's Senate approved the North American Free Trade Agreement. Mexican President Carlos Salinas de Gortari called it a "triumph."
In 1997, New Zealanders Robert Hamill and Phil Stubbs arrived in Barbados from the Canary Islands in their boat, Kiwi Challenger, after 41 days, 1 hour and 55 minutes -- a record for rowing across the Atlantic.
In 2002, at least 100 people died in riots in northern Nigeria sparked by a religious controversy over the Miss World beauty pageant.
In 2005, Angela Merkel was sworn in as Germany's chancellor. She was the first woman and first person from East Germany to lead the country.
In 2010, about 400 people were killed and hundreds injured in a panic-driven stampede on a densely crowded suspension bridge during Cambodia's Water Festival in Phnom Penh.
In 2013, observances on the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination included a solemn gathering of 5,000 people in chilly rain under somber skies at Dealey Plaza in Dallas. Speaking of the fateful day in 1963, Mayor Mike Rawlings told the crowd: "Our collective hearts were broken ... We stand in awe of a dreamer who challenged us -- literally -- to reach for the moon, though he himself would not live to see us achieve that goal. "
A thought for the day: "If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich." -- John F. Kennedy