This day in history

Today is Saturday, Nov. 11, the 315th day of 2017. There are 50 days left in the year. This is Veterans Day in the United States, Remembrance Day in Canada.

Birthdays: Actress June Whitfield (TV and film: ‘‘Absolutely Fabulous”) is 92. The president of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, is 72. Pop singer-musician Paul Cowsill (The Cowsills) is 66. Rock singer-musician Andy Partridge (XTC) is 64. Singer Marshall Crenshaw is 64. Rock singer Dave Alvin is 62. Actress Calista Flockhart is 53. Actor Philip McKeon is 53. Actor Adam Beach is 45. Actor Tyler Christopher is 45. Actor Leonardo DiCaprio is 43. Actor Scoot McNairy is 40. Rock musician Jonathan Pretus (Cowboy Mouth) is 36. Actor Tye Sheridan is 21. Actor Ian Patrick is 15.

In 1620, 41 Pilgrims aboard the Mayflower, anchored off what is now Massachusetts, signed a compact calling for a ‘‘body politick.’’


In 1831, former slave Nat Turner, who’d led an insurrection, was executed in Virginia..

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In 1917, Liliuokalani, Hawaii’s first and only queen and its last monarch, died in Honolulu at age 79.

In 1918, fighting in World War I ended as the Allies and Germany signed an armistice in the Forest of Compiegne.

In 1921, the remains of an unidentified American service member were interred in a Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.

In 1938, Irish-born cook Mary Mallon, who’d gained notoriety as the disease-carrying ‘‘Typhoid Mary’’ blamed for the deaths of three people, died on an island in New York’s East River at age 69 after 23 years of mandatory quarantine.


In 1942, during World War II, Germany completed its occupation of France.

In 1961, the William F. Callahan Jr. Tunnel opened, connecting downtown Boston with East Boston.

In 1966, Gemini 12 blasted off on a four-day mission with astronauts James A. Lovell and Edwin ‘‘Buzz’’ Aldrin Jr. aboard; it was the tenth and final flight of NASA’s Gemini program.

In 1972, the Army turned over its Long Binh base to the South Vietnamese, symbolizing the end of direct US military involvement in the Vietnam War.

In 1992, the Church of England voted to ordain women as priests.