Wednesday, Nov. 14, is the 319th day of 2012. There are 47 days left in the year.
Today’s birthdays: Former UN secretary-general Boutros Boutros-Ghali is 90. Former Red Sox star Jimmy Piersall is 83. Former NASA astronaut Fred Haise is 79. Jazz musician Ellis Marsalis is 78. Writer P.J. O’Rourke is 65. Zydeco singer-musician Buckwheat Zydeco is 65. Britain’s Prince Charles is 64. Pianist Yanni is 58. Former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice is 58. Presidential adviser Valerie Jarrett is 56. Actress Laura San Giacomo is 51. Actor D.B. Sweeney is 51. Rapper Reverend Run (Run-DMC) is 48. Actor Patrick Warburton is 48. Retired Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling is 46. Actor Josh Duhamel is 40. Rock musician Travis Barker is 37. Actor Brian Dietzen is 35. Actress Olga Kurylenko is 33.
In 1851, Herman Melville’s novel ‘‘Moby-Dick; Or, The Whale’’ was first published in the United States.
In 1862, during the Civil War, President Lincoln gave the go-ahead for Major General Ambrose Burnside’s plan to capture the Confederate capital of Richmond; the resulting Battle of Fredericksburg proved a disaster for the Union.
In 1881, Charles J. Guiteau went on trial for assassinating President 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 1944, Tommy Dorsey and his orchestra recorded ‘‘Opus No. 1’’ for RCA Victor.
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 1986, the Securities and Exchange Commission imposed a $100 million penalty against inside-trader Ivan F. Boesky and barred him from working again in the securities industry.
In 2011, 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.