Today In History

Today in History: Wednesday, November  25, 2015
AP Highlight in History:
On Nov. 25, 1963, the body of slain President John F. Kennedy was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery.
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On this date in:
1783The British evacuated New York, their last military position in the United States, during the Revolutionary War.
1914Baseball Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio was born in Martinez, Calif.
1947Movie studio executives agreed to blacklist the Hollywood 10, who were jailed a day earlier for contempt of Congress for failing to cooperate with the House Un-American Activities Committee.
1973Greek President George Papadopoulos was ousted in a bloodless military coup.
1986The Iran-Contra affair erupted as President Ronald Reagan and Attorney General Edwin Meese revealed that profits from secret arms sales to Iran had been diverted to Nicaraguan rebels.
Audio LinkPresident Ronald Reagan
Audio LinkAttorney General Edwin Meese
1987Chicago Mayor Harold Washington died after suffering a heart attack in his City Hall office.
1999Six-year-old Cuban refugee Elian Gonzalez was rescued by a pair of sport fishermen off the coast of Florida.
2002President George W. Bush signed legislation creating the Department of Homeland Security.
2003The Senate gave final congressional approval to Medicare legislation combining a new prescription drug benefit with measures to control costs before the baby boom generation reaches retirement age.
2003Yemen arrested Mohammed Hamdi al-Ahdal, a top al-Qaida member suspected of masterminding the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole and the 2002 bombing of a French oil tanker off Yemen's coast.
2006Israel and the Palestinians agreed to a cease-fire to end a five-month Israeli military offensive in the Gaza Strip and the firing of rockets by Palestinian militants into the Jewish state.
2008Football player Michael Vick pleaded guilty to a Virginia dogfighting charge and received a three-year suspended sentence.
Highlights of This Day in History
Today's Birthdays:
Actress Christina Applegate turns 44 years old today.
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Joe GibbsHall of Fame football coach75
Percy SledgeR&B singer75
Ben SteinActor, game show host71
John LarroquetteActor ("Night Court")68
Amy GrantCountry-gospel singer55
Jerry FerraraActor ("Entourage")36
Barbara BushDaughter of President George W. Bush34
Jenna BushDaughter of President George W. Bush34
Actress Jill Hennessy turns 46 years old today.
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SOURCE: The Associated Press