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! TODAY IN HISTORY !

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Today is Saturday, Nov. 16, the 320th day of 2013. There are 45 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Nov. 16, 1933, the United States and the Soviet Union established diplomatic relations.

On this date:

In 1776, British troops captured Fort Washington in New York during the American Revolution.

In 1885, Canadian rebel leader Louis Riel was executed for high treason.

In 1907, Oklahoma became the 46th state of the union.

In 1917, Georges Clemenceau again became prime minister of France.

In 1946, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) was founded at the conclusion of a conference in London.

In 1959, the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "The Sound of Music" opened on Broadway.

In 1960, Academy Award-winning actor Clark Gable died in Los Angeles at age 59.

In 1961, House Speaker Samuel T. Rayburn, 79, died at his home in Bonham, Texas, having served as speaker since 1940 except for two terms as minority leader of the Democrats.

In 1966, Dr. Samuel H. Sheppard was acquitted in his second trial of murdering his pregnant wife, Marilyn, in 1954.

In 1973, Skylab 4, carrying a crew of three astronauts, was launched from Cape Canaveral on an 84-day mission.

In 1982, an agreement was announced in the 57th day of a strike by National Football League players.

In 1997, China's most prominent pro-democracy campaigner, Wei Jingsheng (way jeeng-shuhng), arrived in the United States after being released following nearly 18 years of imprisonment in his country.

Ten years ago: Serbs failed for the third time in a year to elect a president because of low voter turnout. Bettina Goislard, a French United Nations worker, was shot and killed in Afghanistan.

Five years ago: Iraq's Cabinet overwhelmingly approved a security pact with the United States calling for American forces to remain in the country until 2012. Space shuttle Endeavour linked up with the international space station. The Pittsburgh Steelers rallied to beat the San Diego Chargers 11-10, the first such final score in NFL history.

One year ago: Former CIA Director David Petraeus told Congress that classified intelligence showed the Sept. 11, 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans was a terrorist attack. He said the Obama administration withheld that information to avoid tipping off al-Qaida affiliates that U.S. intelligence was on their trail. Financially struggling Hostess Brands Inc. announced it was shutting down its operations following a strike by the union.

Today's Birthdays: Actor Clu Gulager is 84. Journalist Elizabeth Drew is 78. Blues musician W.C. Clark is 74. Actress Joanna Pettet is 71. Actor Steve Railsback is 68. Actor David Leisure is 63. Actor Miguel Sandoval is 62. Actress Marg Helgenberger is 55. Rock musician Mani is 51. Country singer-musician Keith Burns (Trick Pony) is 50. Tennis player Zina Garrison is 50. Former MLB All-Star pitcher Dwight Gooden is 49. Jazz singer Diana Krall is 49. Actor Harry Lennix is 49. Rock musician Dave Kushner (Velvet Revolver) is 47. Actress Lisa Bonet (boh-NAY') is 46. Actress Tammy Lauren is 45. Rhythm-and-blues singer Bryan Abrams (Color Me Badd) is 44. Actress Martha Plimpton is 43. Actor Michael Irby is 41. Actress Missi Pyle is 41. Olympic gold medal figure skater Oksana Baiul (ahk-SAH'-nah by-OOL') is 36. Actress Maggie Gyllenhaal (JIHL'-ehn-hahl) is 36. Pop singer Trevor Penick is 34. NBA player Amare Stoudemire is 31. Actress Kimberly J. Brown is 29. Rock singer Siva Kaneswaran (The Wanted) is 25. Actor Noah Gray-Cabey ("Heroes") is 18.

Thought for Today: "History is a combination of reality and lies. The reality of History becomes a lie. The unreality of the fable becomes the truth." — Jean Cocteau (zhan kawk-toh'), French author, director, poet (1889-1963).

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