UPI Almanac for Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021

On Nov. 11, 1921, U.S. President Warren Harding dedicated the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

By United Press International
UPI Almanac for Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021
President Warren Harding presides over the burial of an unknown soldier at Arlington National Cemetery on November 11, 1921. File Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress

Today is Thursday, Nov. 11, the 315th day of 2021 with 50 to follow.

This is Veterans Day in the United States.


The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, Neptune and Uranus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Neptune, Saturn, Uranus and Venus.

Those born on this date are under the sign of Scorpio. They include Abigail Adams, wife of U.S. President John Adams, in 1744; Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky in 1821; U.S. Army Gen. George Patton in 1885; baseball Hall of Fame member Walter "Rabbit" Maranville in 1891; novelist Kurt Vonnegut in 1922; jazz musician Mose Allison in 1927; Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega in 1945 (age 76); golfer Frank "Fuzzy" Zoeller in 1951 (age 70); TV personality Marc Summers in 1951 (age 70); actor Stanley Tucci in 1960 (age 61); actor Demi Moore in 1962 (age 59); actor Philip McKeon in 1964; actor Calista Flockhart in 1964 (age 57); punk singer Peaches, born Merrill Beth Nisker, in 1966 (age 55); actor Leonardo DiCaprio in 1974 (age 47); Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon in 1989 (age 32); actor Tye Sheridan in 1996 (age 25); gun control activist Emma Gonzalez in 1999 (age 22); actor Oakes Fegley in 2004 (age 17).

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On this date in history:

In 1831, Nat Turner, who led fellow slaves on a bloody uprising in Virginia, was hanged. Turner, an educated minister, believed he was chosen by God to lead people out of slavery.

In 1889, Washington was admitted to the union as the 42nd state.

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In 1918, World War I ended with the signing of the Armistice of November 11, 1918, in a railroad car in a forest in France.

In 1921, U.S. President Warren Harding dedicated the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. It is commonly called the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Many countries have similarly named memorials.

In 1938, Kate Smith first performed "God Bless America" on her weekly radio show. The song had been written for her by Irving Berlin. Smith, whose song helped sell millions of dollars in war bombs, received the Medal of Freedom in 1982.

In 1982, the space shuttle Columbia blasted off on the first commercial space mission.

In 1987, U.S. President Ronald Reagan nominated Judge Anthony Kennedy to the U.S. Supreme Court after Judge Douglas Ginsburg withdrew his nomination and Judge Robert Bork was rejected by the Senate. Kennedy joined the court in February 1988.


In 1989, an estimated 1 million East Germans poured into reopened West Germany for a day of celebration, visiting and shopping. Most returned home.

In 1992, the Church of England broke the tradition of a male-only clergy when it voted to allow the ordination of women as priests.

In 2000, a cable car taking skiers up an Austrian mountain caught fire, killing 155 people. Twelve people survived the Kaprun disaster, which happened while the car was inside a tunnel.

In 2004, Yasser Arafat, the longtime Palestinian leader whose career ranged from terrorist to diplomat, a key figure in the forever smoldering Middle East, died in a Paris hospital after several days in a coma. He was 75.

In 2005, Harvard-educated Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, dubbed the "Iron Lady," claimed electoral victory and became the first woman president of Liberia.

In 2019, the Australian states of New South Wales and Queensland declared states of emergency as deadly wildfires ripped through the country. The 2019-20 bushfire season burned 46 million acres, destroyed more than 9,300 buildings and caused nearly 500 deaths.

In 2020, all of Hong Kong's pro-democracy lawmakers resigned together to protest a new law by China that allowed for the removal of "unpatriotic" sitting legislators.


A thought for the day: U.S. Gen. George S. Patton said, "Do more than is required of you."

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