The Pryor Times

November 20, 2012

Today in history 11-20-2012


— Today is the 325th day of 2012 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.

 

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

 

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

 

TODAY'S QUOTE: "Whenever men take the law into their own hands, the loser is the law. And when the law loses, freedom languishes." -- Robert F. Kennedy

 

TODAY'S NUMBER: 21 -- defendants at the Nuremberg Trials, which began this date in 1945.

 

TODAY'S MOON: First quarter moon (Nov. 20).