By The Associated Press
Today in History
Today is Wednesday, Nov. 22, the 326th day of 2017. There are 39 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History:
On Nov. 22, 1963, John F. Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States, was assassinated while riding in a motorcade in Dallas; Texas Gov. John B. Connally, in the same car as Kennedy, was seriously wounded; a suspect, Lee Harvey Oswald, was arrested; Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn in as president.
On this date:
In 1718, English pirate Edward Teach — better known as “Blackbeard” — was killed during a battle off present-day North Carolina.
In 1890, French president Charles de Gaulle was born in Lille, France.
In 1914, the First Battle of Ypres (EE’-pruh) during World War I ended with an Allied victory against Germany.
In 1928, “Bolero” by Maurice Ravel (rah-VEL’) had its premiere at the Paris Opera.
In 1935, a flying boat, the China Clipper, took off from Alameda, California, carrying more than 100,000 pieces of mail on the first trans-Pacific airmail flight.
In 1943, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Chinese leader Chiang Kai-shek (chang ky-shehk) met in Cairo to discuss measures for defeating Japan. Lyricist Lorenz Hart died in New York at age 48.
In 1954, the Humane Society of the United States was incorporated as the National Humane Society.
In 1967, the U.N. Security Council approved Resolution 242, which called for Israel to withdraw from territories it had captured the previous June, and implicitly called on adversaries to recognize Israel’s right to exist. The Mel Brooks film comedy “The Producers,” starring Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder, had its world premiere in Pittsburgh.
In 1975, Juan Carlos was proclaimed King of Spain.
In 1977, regular passenger service between New York and Europe on the supersonic Concorde began on a trial basis.
In 1980, death claimed actress Mae West at her Hollywood residence at age 87 and former Democratic House Speaker John W. McCormack in Dedham, Massachusetts, at age 88.
In 1990, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, having failed to win re-election of the Conservative Party leadership on the first ballot, announced she would resign.
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Thought for Today: “If we are strong, our strength will speak for itself. If we are weak, words will be no help.” — From the address President Kennedy never got to deliver in Dallas on November 22, 1963.