Today is Thursday, Nov. 9, the 313th day of 2017 with 52 to follow.

The moon is waning. The morning stars are Jupiter, Mars and Venus.

Those born on this date are under the sign of Scorpio. They include Russian author Ivan Turgenev in 1818; actor Marie Dressler in 1868; actor Hedy Lamarr in 1914; Sargent Shriver, first director of the Peace Corps, in 1915; former Vice President Spiro T. Agnew in 1918; actor Dorothy Dandridge in 1922; astronomer Carl Sagan in 1934; baseball Hall of Fame member Whitey Herzog in 1931 (age 86); baseball Hall of Fame member Bob Gibson in 1935 (age 82); folk singer Mary Travers (of Peter, Paul and Mary) in 1936; Rock and Roll Hall of fame member Tom Fogerty (Creedence Clearwater Revival), in 1941; actor Robert David Hall in 1947 (age 70); bodybuilder/actor Lou Ferrigno (TV's Incredible Hulk) in 1951 (age 66); musician Susan Tedeschi in 1970 (age 47); wrestler Chris Jericho, born Christopher Irvine, in 1970 (age 47); actor Eric Dane in 1972 (age 45); singer Nick Lachey in 1973 (age 44); rapper Sisqo, born Mark Andrews, in 1978 (age 39); actor Cory Hardrict in 1979 (age 38); television personality Vanessa Lachey in 1980 (age 37); rapper French Montana, born Karim Kharbouch, in 1984 (age 33); country musician Chris Lane in 1984 (age 33); actress Analeigh Tipton in 1988 (age 29); actor Nikki Blonsky in 1988 (age 29).


On this date in history:

In 1872, a fire which began in the basement of a warehouse in downtown Boston raged for 12 hours, consuming 65 acres and leaving 776 buildings in ruins. The Great Boston Fire killed at least 30 people.

In 1906, Theodore Roosevelt travels to Panama to observe the progress being made on the construction of the canal. He was the first sitting President of the United States to embark on an official trip outside the country.

In 1918, Germany's Kaiser Wilhelm II abdicated as World War I drew to a close.

In 1938, mobs of Germans attacked Jewish businesses and homes throughout Germany in what became known as Kristallnacht, or Crystal Night.

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In 1953, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Major League Baseball isn't within the scope of federal antitrust laws.

In 1965, a massive power failure left more than 30 million people in the dark in the northeastern United States and eastern Canada.

In 1985, Gary Kasparov, 22, became the youngest world chess champion, ending the 10-year reign of Anatoly Karpov in Moscow.

In 1989, East Germany announced free passage for its citizens through border checkpoints. The announcement rendered the Berlin Wall, the most reviled symbol of the Cold War, virtually irrelevant 28 years after its construction.

In 1995, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat visited Israel for the first time to offer personal condolences to the wife of slain Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.

In 2007, Germany's Bundestag passes a heavily criticized data retention bill, mandating the collection of its citizen's telecom data for six months without probable cause.

In 2008, three men were executed by firing squad for 2002 bombings in Bali that killed 202 people, mostly tourists.

In 2011, a burgeoning child sexual-abuse scandal at Penn State University involving former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky claimed its legendary football coach when the school's board of trustees fired Joe Paterno.

In 2012, CIA Director David Petraeus resigned, citing an extramarital affair.

In 2013, the USS Gerald R. Ford was christened at Newport News, Va., by the late president's daughter, Susan Ford Bales. The ship is the first of a new class of technologically advanced U.S. nuclear aircraft carriers.

In 2015, the World Anti-Doping Agency recommended that Russia be banned from international sporting events due to systematic doping by athletes. Of the 389 athletes submitted for competition in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, 111 were prohibited in stringent doping tests required of all Russian athletes.

A thought for the day: "We are products of our past, but we don't have to be prisoners of it." -- Rick Warren