The Pryor Times

November 8, 2012

Today in history 11-08-2012

— Today is the 313th day of 2012 and the 48th day of autumn.


TODAY'S HISTORY: In 1895, physicist Wilhelm Roentgen discovered X-rays.

In 1960, John F. Kennedy was elected president of the United States, defeating Richard Nixon.

In 2002, the U.N. Security Council unanimously voted to give Iraq a "final opportunity" to disarm.


TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Edmond Halley (1656-1742), astronomer/mathematician; Bram Stoker (1847-1912), author; Margaret Mitchell (1900-1949), author; Christiaan Barnard (1922-2001), surgeon; Bonnie Raitt (1949- ), musician; Kazuo Ishiguro (1954- ), novelist; Gordon Ramsay (1966- ), chef; Parker Posey (1968- ), actress; Bucky Covington (1977- ), singer; Jessica Lowndes (1988- ), actress.


TODAY'S SPORTS: In 1966, Frank Robinson of the American League's Baltimore Orioles became the first person to win MVP honors from both baseball leagues. He had been named MVP in the National League in 1961 with the Cincinnati Reds.


TODAY'S FACT: The synthetic element roentgenium was named after Wilhelm Roentgen. It currently has no known uses.


TODAY'S QUOTE: "Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names." -- John F. Kennedy


TODAY'S NUMBER: 43 -- age of John F. Kennedy when he was elected the youngest president in U.S. history.


TODAY'S MOON: Between last quarter (Nov. 6) and new moon (Nov. 13).