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This day in history

Thursday, Nov. 15, is the 320th day of 2012. There are 46 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Judge Joseph Wapner is 93. Statesman Howard H. Baker Jr. is 87. Actor Ed Asner is 83. Singer Petula Clark is 80. Actor Yaphet Kotto is 73. Actor Sam Waterston is 72. Pop singer Frida (ABBA) is 67. Former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson is 65.

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In 1777, the Second Continental Congress approved the Articles of Confederation.

In 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt laid the cornerstone of the Jefferson Memorial.

In 1942, the naval Battle of Guadalcanal ended with a decisive US victory over Japanese forces.

In 1979, the British government publicly identified Sir Anthony Blunt as the ‘‘fourth man’’ of a Soviet spy ring.

In 1982, funeral services were held in Moscow’s Red Square for the late Soviet President Leonid I. Brezhnev.

In 1987, 28 of 82 people aboard a Continental Airlines DC-9, including the pilot and copilot, were killed when it crashed after taking off from Denver’s Stapleton International Airport.

In 2007, baseball player Barry Bonds was indicted for perjury and obstruction of justice, charged with lying when he told a federal grand jury that he did not knowingly use performance-enhancing drugs. (Bonds was later convicted on the obstruction of justice count; his lawyers are appealing.)

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