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This day in history

Monday, Nov. 26, is the 331st day of 2012. There are 35 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Impressionist Rich Little is 74. Singer Tina Turner is 73. Pop musician John McVie (Fleetwood Mac) is 67. Pop singer Natasha Bedingfield is 31.

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In 1789, Nov. 26 was a day of thanksgiving set aside by President George Washington to observe the adoption of the Constitution of the United States.

In 1941, a Japanese naval task force consisting of six aircraft carriers left the Kuril Islands, headed toward Hawaii.

In 1942, the motion picture ‘‘Casablanca,’’ starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, had its world premiere at the Hollywood Theater in New York.

In 1950, China entered the Korean War.

In 1973, President Richard Nixon’s personal secretary, Rose Mary Woods, told a federal court that she’d accidentally caused part of the 18½-minute gap in a key Watergate tape.

In 1986, President Ronald Reagan appointed a commission headed by former senator John Tower to investigate his National Security Council staff in the wake of the Iran-Contra affair.

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