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    This day in history

    Today is Friday, Nov. 9, the 313th day of 2018. There are 52 days left in the year.

    Birthdays: Baseball Hall of Famer Whitey Herzog is 87. Baseball Hall of Famer Bob Gibson is 83. Filmmaker Bille August is 70. Actor Lou Ferrigno is 67. Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio is 66. Rapper Pepa is 49. Blues singer Susan Tedeschi is 48. Singer of 98 Degrees Nick Lachey is 45.

    In 1620, the passengers and crew of the Mayflower sighted Cape Cod.


    In 1938, Nazis looted and burned synagogues as well as Jewish-owned stores and houses in Germany and Austria in a pogrom or deliberate persecution that became known as ‘‘Kristallnacht.’’

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    In 1961, The Beatles’ future manager, Brian Epstein, first saw the group perform at The Cavern Club in Liverpool, England.

    In 1965, the great Northeast blackout began as a series of power failures lasting up to 13 1/2 hours left 30 million people in seven states and part of Canada without electricity.

    In 1976, the UN General Assembly approved resolutions condemning apartheid in South Africa, including one characterizing the white-ruled government as ‘‘illegitimate.’’

    In 1986, Israel revealed it was holding Mordechai Vanunu, a former nuclear technician who’d vanished after providing information to a British newspaper about Israel’s nuclear weapons program. (Vanunu was convicted of treason and served 18 years in prison.)


    In 1989, communist East Germany threw open its borders, allowing citizens to travel freely to the West; joyous Germans danced atop the Berlin Wall.

    In 2000, George W. Bush’s lead over Al Gore in all-or-nothing Florida slipped beneath 300 votes in a suspense-filled recount, as Democrats threw the presidential election to the courts, claiming ‘‘an injustice unparalleled in our history.’’

    Last year, during a visit to Beijing, President Trump criticized what he called a ‘‘very one-sided and unfair’’ trade relationship between the United States and China but said he doesn’t blame China for having taken advantage of the United States. The Washington Post quoted an Alabama woman as saying that Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama had sexual contact with her when she was 14 and he was a 32-year-old assistant district attorney; three other women told the Post that Moore had approached them when they were between the ages of 16 and 18 and he was in his early 30s.