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11/20/2017 10:43:00 AM
World Almanac

Today is the 324th day of 2017 and the 60th day of autumn.

TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1789, New Jersey became the first state to ratify the Bill of Rights.

In 1945, the Nuremberg Trials against World War II Nazi war criminals began.

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy lifted the blockade against Cuba in response to the Soviet Union removing its missiles from the Caribbean nation.

In 1969, a group of Native American activists took control of Alcatraz Island in an unarmed occupation that would last until June 1971.

In 1985, Microsoft Corp. released the Windows 1.0 graphical operating system.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Edwin Hubble (1889-1953), astronomer; Alistair Cooke (1908-2004), TV host; Robert Byrd (1917-2010), senator; Nadine Gordimer (1923-2014), writer; Robert F. Kennedy (1925-1968), senator; Estelle Parsons (1927- ), actress; Richard Dawson (1932-2012), actor/TV host; Don DeLillo (1936- ), author; Joe Biden (1942- ), U.S. vice president; Bo Derek (1956- ), actress; Joel McHale (1971- ), actor/comedian; Dierks Bentley (1975- ), singer-songwriter; Nadine Velazquez (1978- ), actress.

TODAY'S FACT: Democratic Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia was the longest-serving senator in U.S. history, with more than 50 years of service from 1959 to 2010.

TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1997, A.C. Green played in his 907th consecutive NBA game, a record that he would extend to 1,192 games.

TODAY'S QUOTE: "I expect one of the prices we pay for democracy is there are going to be differences. We pay a price but we get something very important in return." -- Robert F. Kennedy

TODAY'S NUMBER: 24 -- defendants at the start of the Nuremberg Trials, which began this date in 1945.

TODAY'S MOON: Between new moon (Nov. 18) and first quarter moon (Nov. 26).

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