Today is Wednesday, Nov. 27, the 331st day of 2019 with 34 to follow.

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The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Mars, Mercury, Neptune and Uranus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Neptune, Saturn, Uranus and Venus.

Those born on this date are under the sign of Sagittarius. They include Anders Celsius, Swedish astronomer/inventor of the centigrade thermometer, in 1701; Filipino pediatrician Fe del Mundi, first woman admitted to Harvard Medical School, in 1911; entertainer "Buffalo Bob" Smith in 1917; writer Gail Sheehy in 1937 (age 82); actor/martial arts star Bruce Lee in 1940; singer Eddie Rabbitt in 1941; Olympic gold medal-winning sprinter Henry Carr in 1941; Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Jimi Hendrix in 1942; actor James Avery in 1945; film director Kathryn Bigelow in 1951 (age 68); actor Curtis Armstrong in 1953 (age 66); Bill Nye "The Science Guy," in 1955 (age 64); Caroline Kennedy, former ambassador and daughter of President John F. Kennedy, in 1957 (age 62); actor Fisher Stevens in 1963 (age 56); actor Robin Givens in 1964 (age 55); actor Jaleel White in 1976 (age 43); actor Aubrey Peeples in 1993 (age 26).

 

On this date in history:

In 1901, the U.S. War Department authorized creation of the Army War College to instruct commissioned officers. It was built in Leavenworth, Kan.

In 1924, the first Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade took place in New York.

In 1940, two months after Gen. Ion Antonescu seized power in Romania and forced King Carol II to abdicate, more than 60 aides of the exiled king, including Nicolae Iorga, a former minister and acclaimed historian, were executed.

In 1970, a man with a knife attempted to injure Pope Paul VI at Manila Airport in the Philippines.

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In 1978, a disgruntled former San Francisco official shot and killed Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk, the first openly gay official elected in California.

In 1989, Virginia certified Douglas Wilder as the first elected U.S. African-American governor by a margin of 0.38 percent of the vote.

In 1992, a fire destroyed parts of the Hofburg Palace in Vienna, Austria, threatening the famous Lipizzaner stallions.

In 2003, U.S. President George W. Bush arrived in Iraq under the cover of darkness in a surprise visit to U.S. forces in Baghdad. The president mingled with troops gathered in a hangar for Thanksgiving dinner and joined the serving line, dishing out corn and sweet potatoes. Bush's 2 1/2 hour stay marked the first time a U.S. president traveled to Iraq.

In 2012, seven people stripped naked in U.S. House Speaker John Boehner's office to protest potential funding cuts for AIDS research. Three of the protesters, all women, were charged with lewd and indecent acts.

In 2015, a gunman was arrested following a shootout at a Planned Parenthood facility in Colorado Springs, Colo. The incident left three dead, including a University of Colorado at Colorado Springs police officer.

In 2018, the United States imposed sanctions on Nicaraguan Vice President and first lady Rosario Murillo de Ortega for corruption and human rights abuses.

A thought for the day: "No idea is so antiquated that it was not once modern. No idea is so modern that it will not someday be antiquated." -- American author Ellen Glasgow