Today in History
Today is Tuesday, Nov. 22, the 327th day of 2016. There are 39 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlights in History:
On Nov. 22, 1963, John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States, was shot to death during a motorcade in Dallas; Texas Gov. John B. Connally, riding in the same car as Kennedy, was seriously wounded; suspected gunman Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested. The same day, authors Aldous Huxley and C.S. Lewis also died.
On this date:
In 1515, Mary of Guise, the second wife of King James V and the mother of Mary, Queen of Scots, was born in Lorraine, France.
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 during World War I ended with an Allied victory against Germany.
In 1928, “Bolero” by Maurice Ravel 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 1944, the MGM movie musical “Meet Me in St. Louis,” starring Judy Garland, had its world premiere in St. Louis.
In 1955, comic Shemp Howard of “Three Stooges” fame died in Hollywood at age 60.
In 1965, the musical “Man of La Mancha” opened on Broadway. Singer-songwriter Bob Dylan married Sara Lownds (the marriage lasted 12 years).
In 1975, Juan Carlos was proclaimed King of Spain.
In 1989, Rene Mouawad was killed by a bomb after serving 17 days as president of Lebanon.
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.