Friday, Nov. 23, is the 328th day of 2012. There are 38 days left in the year.
Today’s birthdays: Actor Franco Nero is 71. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) is 62. Singer Bruce Hornsby is 58. Senator Mary Landrieu (D-La.) is 57. TV personality Robin Roberts is 52. Actress-singer Miley Cyrus is 20.
In 1765, Frederick County, Md., became the first Colonial entity to repudiate the British Stamp Act.
In 1804, the 14th president, Franklin Pierce, was born in Hillsboro, N.H.
In 1887, actor Boris Karloff was born William Henry Pratt in London.
In 1903, Enrico Caruso made his American debut at the Metropolitan Opera House.
In 1936, Life, the photojournalism magazine created by Henry R. Luce, was first published.
In 1943, US forces seized control of Tarawa and Makin atolls from the Japanese.
In 1971, the People’s Republic of China was seated in the UN Security Council.
In 1980, some 2,600 people were killed by earthquakes that devastated southern Italy.
In 1996, a commandeered Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 767 crashed into the water off the Comoros Islands, killing 125 of the 175 people on board, including all three hijackers.