Today in History: November 15

House Speaker Newt Gingrich holds a sheet of budget figures on Capitol Hill Wednesday, Nov. 15, 1995, during a meeting to discuss the federal budget impasse. Hundreds of thousands of government workers got another day off Wednesday as President Clinton and the Republican Congress remained at odds over budget priorities. (AP Photo/Joe Marquette)
House Speaker Newt Gingrich holds a sheet of budget figures on Capitol Hill Wednesday, Nov. 15, 1995, during a meeting to discuss the federal budget impasse. Hundreds of thousands of government workers got another day off Wednesday as President Clinton and the Republican Congress remained at odds over budget priorities. (AP Photo/Joe Marquette)

Today in History

Today is Tuesday, Nov. 15, the 320th day of 2016. There are 46 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On Nov. 15, 1966, the flight of Gemini 12, the final mission of the Gemini program, ended successfully as astronauts James A. Lovell and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin Jr. splashed down safely in the Atlantic after spending four days in orbit.

On this date:

In 1777, the Second Continental Congress approved the Articles of Confederation.

In 1806, explorer Zebulon Pike sighted the mountaintop now known as Pikes (cq) Peak in present-day Colorado.

In 1864, during the Civil War, Union forces led by Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman began their “March to the Sea” from Atlanta; the campaign ended with the capture of Savannah on Dec. 21.

In 1889, Brazil was proclaimed a republic as its emperor, Dom Pedro II, was overthrown.

In 1926, the National Broadcasting Company began operating its radio network.

In 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt laid the cornerstone of the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C.

In 1942, the naval Battle of Guadalcanal ended during World War II with a decisive U.S. victory over Japanese forces.

In 1956, “Li’l Abner,” a musical comedy based on the Al Capp comic strip, opened on Broadway.

In 1959, four members of the Clutter family of Holcomb, Kansas, were found murdered in their home. (Ex-convicts Richard Hickock and Perry Smith were later convicted of the killings and hanged.)

In 1979, the British government publicly identified Sir Anthony Blunt as the “fourth man” of a Soviet spy ring.

In 1986, a government tribunal in Nicaragua convicted American Eugene Hasenfus of charges related to his role in delivering arms to Contra rebels, and sentenced him to 30 years in prison. (Hasenfus was pardoned a month later.)

In 1996, former State Department official Alger Hiss, who fell from grace in a Communist spy scandal, died in New York just four days after his 92nd birthday.

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