This day in history

This day in history

Friday, Nov. 9, is the 314th day of 2012. There are 52 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Baseball Hall of Famer Whitey Herzog is 81. Baseball Hall of Famer Bob Gibson is 77. Actor Lou Ferrigno is 61. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) is 60. Blues singer Susan Tedeschi is 42. Singer Nick Lachey is 39.

In 1620, the passengers and crew of the Mayflower sighted Cape Cod.

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In 1872, fire destroyed nearly 800 buildings in Boston.

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In 1938, Nazis looted and burned synagogues as well as Jewish-owned stores and houses in Germany and Austria in a pogrom that became known as ‘‘Kristallnacht.’’

In 1953, Welsh author-poet Dylan Thomas died in New York at age 39.

In 1963, twin disasters struck Japan as some 450 miners were killed in a coal-dust explosion, and about 160 people died in a train crash.

In 1965, a series of power failures lasting up to 13½ hours left 30 million people in seven states and part of Canada without electricity.

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In 1970, former French President Charles de Gaulle died at age 79.

In 1989, communist East Germany threw open its borders .

In 2011, Penn State football coach Joe Paterno was fired along with the university president, Graham Spanier, over their handling of child sex abuse allegations against former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.