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This day in history

Thursday, Nov. 22, is the 327th day of 2012. There are 39 days left in the year. This is Thanksgiving Day.

Today’s birthdays: Actor Robert Vaughn is 80. Movie director Terry Gilliam is 72. Actor Tom Conti is 71. International Tennis Hall of Famer Billie Jean King is 69. Rock musician-actor Steve Van Zandt is 62. Rock musician Tina Weymouth (the Heads; Talking Heads; the Tom Tom Club) is 62. Retired MLB All-Star Greg Luzinski is 62. Actress Jamie Lee Curtis is 54. Actress Mariel Hemingway is 51. Actor Mark Ruffalo is 45. International Tennis Hall of Famer Boris Becker is 45. Actress Scarlett Johansson is 28.

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In 1718, English pirate Edward Teach — better known as ‘‘Blackbeard’’ — was killed during a battle off present-day North Carolina.

In 1954, the Humane Society of the United States was incorporated as the National Humane Society.

In 1963, President Kennedy was assassinated during a motorcade in Dallas; Texas Governor John B. Connally, in the same open car as the president, was seriously wounded. A suspect, Lee Harvey Oswald, was arrested.

In 1990, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, having failed to win re-election of the Conservative Party leadership on the first ballot, announced her resignation.

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