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UPI Almanac for Monday, Nov. 27, 2023

On Nov. 27, 1983, a crippled Colombian jumbo jet crashed in flames on approach to the Madrid, Spain, airport, killing 181 people and injuring 11.

By United Press International
On November 27, 1983, a crippled Avianca jumbo jet, similar to the one pictured, crashed in flames on approach to the Madrid, Spain, airport, killing 181 people and injuring 11. File Photo by Michel Gilliand/Wikimedia
1 of 5 | On November 27, 1983, a crippled Avianca jumbo jet, similar to the one pictured, crashed in flames on approach to the Madrid, Spain, airport, killing 181 people and injuring 11. File Photo by Michel Gilliand/Wikimedia

Today is Monday, Nov. 27, the 331st day of 2023 with 34 to follow.

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

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Those born on this date are under the sign of Sagittarius. They include Anders Celsius, Swedish astronomer/inventor of the centigrade thermometer, in 1701; Filipino pediatrician Fe del Mundi, first woman admitted to Harvard Medical School, in 1911; entertainer "Buffalo Bob" Smith in 1917; writer Gail Sheehy in 1937; actor/martial arts star Bruce Lee in 1940; singer Eddie Rabbitt in 1941; Olympic gold medal-winning sprinter Henry Carr in 1941; Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Jimi Hendrix in 1942; actor James Avery in 1945; Ismaïl Omar Guelleh, president of Djibouti, in 1947 (age 76); film director Kathryn Bigelow in 1951 (age 72); actor Curtis Armstrong in 1953 (age 70); Bill Nye "The Science Guy," in 1955 (age 68); Caroline Kennedy, ambassador/daughter of President John F. Kennedy, in 1957 (age 66); actor Fisher Stevens in 1963 (age 60); actor Robin Givens in 1964 (age 59); actor Jaleel White in 1976 (age 47); actor Aubrey Peeples in 1993 (age 30).

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On this date in history:

In 1901, the U.S. War Department authorized creation of the Army War College to instruct commissioned officers. It was built in Leavenworth, Kan.

In 1924, the first Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade took place in New York.

In 1940, two months after Gen. Ion Antonescu seized power in Romania and forced King Carol II to abdicate, more than 60 aides of the exiled king, including Nicolae Iorga, a former minister and acclaimed historian, were executed.

In 1970, a man with a knife attempted to injure Pope Paul VI at Manila Airport in the Philippines.

In 1978, a disgruntled former San Francisco official shot and killed Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk, the first openly gay official elected in California.

In 1983, a crippled Colombian jumbo jet crashed in flames on approach to the Madrid, Spain, airport, killing 181 people and injuring 11. Among those killed were several notable literary figures invited to a meeting in Colombia, including Mexican novelist Jorge Ibargüengoitia, Peruvian novelist Manuel Scorza and Argentine writer Marta Traba.

In 1989, Virginia certified Douglas Wilder as the first elected U.S. Black governor by a margin of 0.38 percent of the vote.

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In 1992, a fire destroyed parts of the Hofburg Palace in Vienna, Austria, threatening the famous Lipizzaner stallions.

In 2003, U.S. President George W. Bush arrived in Iraq under the cover of darkness in a surprise visit to U.S. forces in Baghdad. The president mingled with troops gathered in a hangar for Thanksgiving dinner and joined the serving line, dishing out corn and sweet potatoes. Bush's 2 1/2 hour stay marked the first time a U.S. president traveled to Iraq.

In 2020, prominent Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was assassinated near Tehran.

In 2022, Mauna Loa, one of the five volcanoes that form Hawaii's Big Island, erupted for the first time in 38 years. Lava flowed for more than two weeks and caused more than $1.5 million in damage.


A thought for the day: "Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it." -- Hong Kong American Bruce Lee

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