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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.

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

In 1872, fire destroyed nearly 800 buildings in Boston.

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.

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.

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