Today in History 11/14


Today is Wednesday, Nov. 14, the 319th day of 2012. There are 47 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On Nov. 14, 1862, during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln gave the go-ahead for Maj. Gen. Ambrose Burnside’s plan to capture the Confederate capital of Richmond, Va.; the resulting Battle of Fredericksburg proved a disaster for the Union.

On this date:

• In 1851, Herman Melville’s novel “Moby-Dick; Or, The Whale” was first published in the United States.

• In 1881, Charles J. Guiteau went on trial for assassinating President James A. Garfield. (Guiteau was convicted and hanged the following year.)

• In 1889, inspired by Jules Verne, New York World reporter Nellie Bly (Elizabeth Cochrane) set out to travel around the world in less than 80 days. (She made the trip in 72 days.)

• In 1922, the British Broadcasting Co. began its domestic radio service.

• In 1940, during World War II, German planes destroyed most of the English town of Coventry.

• In 1969, Apollo 12 blasted off for the moon.

• In 1970, a chartered Southern Airways DC-9 crashed while trying to land in Huntington, W.Va., killing all 75 people on board, including the Marshall University football team and its coaching staff.

• In 1972, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above the 1,000 level for the first time, ending the day at 1,003.16.

• In 1997, a jury in Fairfax, Va., decided that Pakistani national Aimal Khan Kasi should get the death penalty for gunning down two CIA employees outside agency headquarters.

Ten years ago:

• Aimal Khan Kasi was executed by injection at a prison in Jarratt, Va., for the slayings of two CIA employees in 1993.

• Pope John Paul II made a historic speech to Italy’s parliament, urging Italians to work for world peace, uphold their Christian values and have more babies.

Five years ago:

• A justice of the peace ordered O.J. Simpson to stand trial on kidnapping and armed robbery charges stemming from a confrontation with memorabilia dealers in a Las Vegas casino hotel room. (Simpson and a co-defendant were convicted in Oct. 2008.)

• The prime ministers of North and South Korea launched their first talks in 15 years.

One year ago:

• Former Penn State football assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, in an interview with NBC News’ “Rock Center,” denied allegations he’d sexually abused eight boys and said any activities in a campus shower with a boy were just horseplay.

Today’s Birthdays:

Actress Kathleen Hughes is 84. Jazz musician Ellis Marsalis is 78. Composer Wendy Carlos is 73. Writer P.J. O’Rourke is 65. Zydeco singer-musician Buckwheat Zydeco is 65. Britain’s Prince Charles is 64. Singer Stephen Bishop is 61. Pianist Yanni is 58. Actress Laura San Giacomo is 51. Actor D.B. Sweeney is 51. Actor Patrick Warburton is 48. Rock musician Nic Dalton is 48. Country singer Rockie Lynne is 48. Pop singer Jeanette Jurado (Expose) is 47. Actor Josh Duhamel is 40. Actor Brian Dietzen (TV: “NCIS”) is 35. Rapper Shyheim is 35. Rock musician Tobin Esperance (Papa Roach) is 33. Actor Graham Patrick Martin is 21.