This day in history

Today is Tuesday, Nov. 26, the 330th day of 2019. There are 35 days left in the year.

Birthdays: Impressionist Rich Little is 81. Singer Tina Turner is 80. Fleetwood Mac bassist John McVie is 74. DJ/record label executive DJ Khaled is 44. Pop singer Natasha Bedingfield is 38.

In 1789, Americans observed a day of thanksgiving set aside by President George Washington to mark the adoption of the US Constitution.

In 1842, the founders of the University of Notre Dame arrived at the school’s present-day site near South Bend, Ind.

In 1941, Secretary of State Cordell Hull delivered a note to Japan’s ambassador to the United States setting forth US demands for ‘‘lasting and extensive peace throughout the Pacific area.’’ The same day, a Japanese naval task force consisting of six aircraft carriers left the Kuril Islands, headed toward Pearl Harbor.


In 1942, the Warner Bros. motion picture ‘‘Casablanca,’’ starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, had its world premiere at the Hollywood Theater in New York.

In 1943, during World War II, the Rohna, a British transport ship carrying American soldiers, was hit by a German missile off Algeria; 1,138 men were killed.

In 1950, China entered the Korean War, launching a counteroffensive against soldiers from the United Nations, the United States, and South Korea.

In 1973, President Nixon’s personal secretary, Rose Mary Woods, told a federal court that she’d accidentally caused part of the 18-1/2-minute gap in a key Watergate tape.

In 1986, President Reagan appointed a commission headed by former senator John Tower to investigate his National Security Council staff in the wake of the Iran-Contra affair.

In 2000, Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris certified George W. Bush the winner over Al Gore in the state’s presidential balloting by 537 votes.

In 2008, teams of heavily armed gunmen, allegedly from Pakistan, stormed luxury hotels, a popular tourist attraction and a crowded train station in Mumbai, India, killing at least 166 people dead in the rampage.


In 2009, an investigation ordered by Ireland’s government found that Roman Catholic Church leaders in Dublin had spent decades sheltering child-abusing priests from the law and that most fellow clerics had ignored the problem.

In 2010, Connecticut beat Howard 86-25 to win its 82nd straight game, setting an NCAA women’s basketball record for consecutive victories.

Last year, General Motors announced that it would cut as many as 14,000 workers in North America and put five plants up for possible closure, abandoning many of its car models, as part of a major restructuring. Scientists and bioethics experts reacted with alarm to a claim from a Chinese researcher that he had helped make the world’s first genetically edited babies. Ukraine’s government imposed martial law in parts of the county to fight what its president called “growing aggression” from Moscow.