This Day in History — November 14

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

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Today is the 318th day of 2018. There are 47 days left in the year.

TODAY'S HIGHLIGHT

1969: Apollo 12 blasts off for the moon.

OTHER EVENTS

1533: Spanish conquistadors take the city of Cuzco, the capital of the Inca empire.

1647: England's King Charles I is recaptured and imprisoned by rebels.

1775: American troops under Benedict Arnold invade Quebec Province in Canada.

1851: American author Herman Melville's novel Moby Dick is published.

1889: Inspired by Jules Verne, New York World reporter Nellie Bly sets out to travel around the world in less than 80 days. She succeeds, making the trip in 72 days.

1935: US President Franklin D Roosevelt proclaims Philippine Islands a commonwealth and pledges independence by 1946.

1947: United Nations recognises Korea's claim to independence.

1957: Britain declares Bahrain an independent Arab state under British protection.

1970: Cyclone and giant waves devastate southern coast of East Pakistan — now Bangladesh — and islands in Bay of Bengal, with death toll estimated at 300,000.

1973: Britain's Princess Anne marries Captain Mark Phillips in Westminster Abbey. The couple divorces in 1992.

1986: The US Securities and Exchange Commission impose a record $100-million penalty against Wall Street trader Ivan Boesky for using insider information.

1993: Supporters of continued US commonwealth status for Puerto Rico prevail in a statehood referendum.

1996: American troops arrive in Kigali, Rwanda's capital, in advance of a multinational operation to feed and help send home more than one million refugees in Zaire, now called Congo.

2000: Israeli troops impose a siege on Palestinian communities, paralysing life in the West Bank and Gaza Strip in retaliation for deadly shooting ambushes that signal an escalation in seven weeks of fighting.

2003: Negotiators for the 1989 Montreal Protocol, adopted to help eliminate chemicals that destroyed the atmospheric ozone layer, refuse most of the exemptions for methyl-bromide use sought by the US.

2008: A lunar probe from India lands successfully on the moon.

2010: Democracy heroine Aung San Suu Kyi takes her first steps back into Myanmar's political minefield, vowing to press ahead in her decades-long fight for democracy while also calling for compromise with other political parties and the ruling junta.

2013: Egypt gives the red carpet welcome to senior Russian officials aiming to extend Moscow's influence through military and economic cooperation with a key US ally in the Middle East after Washington froze millions of dollars in military aid.

TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS

Britain's Prince Charles is 70; Former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is 64; Rapper Reverend Run (Run-DMC) is 54; Actor Brian Dietzen is 41; Rapper Shyheim is 41; Rock musician Tobin Esperance (Papa Roach) is 39; Actress Olga Kurylenko is 39; Actress-comedian Vanessa Bayer is 39; Actor Russell Tovey is 37; Actor Cory Michael Smith is 31; Actor Graham Patrick Martin is 26

— AP

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