Today is Thursday, Nov. 20, the 324th day of 2014. There are 41 days left in the year.
Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 20, 1789, New Jersey became the first state to ratify the Bill of
On this date:
In 1620, Peregrine White was born aboard the Mayflower in Massachusetts Bay; he was the first child born
of English parents in present-day New England.
In 1910, the Mexican Revolution of 1910 had its beginnings under the Plan of San Luis Potosi issued by
Francisco I. Madero.
In 1929, the radio program "The Rise of the Goldbergs" debuted on the NBC Blue Network.
In 1947, Britain’s future queen, Princess Elizabeth, married Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh, at
In 1959, the United Nations issued its Declaration of the Rights of the Child.
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy held a news conference in which he announced the end of the naval
quarantine of Cuba imposed during the missile crisis.
In 1967, the U.S. Census Bureau’s Population Clock at the Commerce Department ticked past 200 million.
In 1969, the Nixon administration announced a halt to residential use of the pesticide DDT as part of a
total phaseout. A group of American Indian activists began a 19-month occupation of Alcatraz Island in
San Francisco Bay.
In 1984, pop star Michael Jackson was inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame with the unveiling of his
star in front of a horde of screaming fans.
In 2003, Michael Jackson was booked on suspicion of child molestation in Santa Barbara, California.
(Jackson was later acquitted at trial.) Record producer Phil Spector was charged with murder in the
shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson at his home in Alhambra, California, in Feb. 2003.