On Nov. 9, 1989, East Germany announced free passage for its citizens through border checkpoints, rendering the Berlin Wall virtually irrelevant.
Today is Friday, Nov. 9, the 313th day of 2018 with 52 to follow.
The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Neptune, Uranus and Venus. Evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, Neptune, Saturn and Uranus.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Scorpio. They include Russian author Ivan Turgenev in 1818; actor Marie Dressler in 1868; actor Hedy Lamarr in 1914; Sargent Shriver, first director of the Peace Corps, in 1915; former Vice President Spiro T. Agnew in 1918; actor Dorothy Dandridge in 1922; astronomer Carl Sagan in 1934; baseball Hall of Fame member Whitey Herzog in 1931 (age 87); baseball Hall of Fame member Bob Gibson in 1935 (age 83); folk singer Mary Travers (of Peter, Paul and Mary) in 1936; Rock and Roll Hall of fame member Tom Fogerty (Creedence Clearwater Revival), in 1941; actor Robert David Hall in 1947 (age 71); bodybuilder/actor Lou Ferrigno in 1951 (age 67); musician Susan Tedeschi in 1970 (age 48); wrestler Chris Jericho, born Christopher Irvine, in 1970 (age 48); actor Eric Dane in 1972 (age 46); singer Nick Lachey in 1973 (age 45); rapper Sisqo, born Mark Andrews, in 1978 (age 40); actor Cory Hardrict in 1979 (age 39); television personality Vanessa Lachey in 1980 (age 38); rapper French Montana, born Karim Kharbouch, in 1984 (age 34); country musician Chris Lane in 1984 (age 34); actress Analeigh Tipton in 1988 (age 30); actor Nikki Blonsky in 1988 (age 30).
On this date in history:
In 1872, a fire which began in the basement of a warehouse in downtown Boston raged for 12 hours, consuming 65 acres and leaving 776 buildings in ruins. The Great Boston Fire killed at least 30 people.
In 1906, Theodore Roosevelt traveled to Panama to observe the progress being made on the construction of the canal. He was the first sitting president of the United States to embark on an official trip outside the country.
In 1918, Germany’s Kaiser Wilhelm II abdicated as World War I drew to a close.
In 1938, mobs of Germans attacked Jewish businesses and homes throughout Germany in what became known as Kristallnacht, or Crystal Night.
In 1953, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Major League Baseball isn’t within the scope of federal antitrust laws.
In 1965, a massive power failure left more than 30 million people in the dark in the northeastern United States and eastern Canada.
In 1985, Gary Kasparov, 22, became the youngest world chess champion, ending the 10-year reign of Anatoly Karpov in Moscow.
In 1989, East Germany announced free passage for its citizens through border checkpoints. The announcement rendered the Berlin Wall, the most reviled symbol of the Cold War, virtually irrelevant 28 years after its construction.
In 1995, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat visited Israel for the first time to offer personal condolences to the wife of slain Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.
In 2007, Germany’s Bundestag passes a heavily criticized data retention bill, mandating the collection of its citizen’s telecom data for six months without probable cause.
In 2008, three men were executed by firing squad for 2002 bombings in Bali that killed 202 people, mostly tourists.
In 2011, a burgeoning child sexual-abuse scandal at Penn State University involving former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky claimed its legendary football coach when the school’s board of trustees fired Joe Paterno.
In 2012, CIA Director David Petraeus resigned, citing an extramarital affair.
In 2015, the World Anti-Doping Agency recommended that Russia be bannedfrom international sporting events due to systematic doping by athletes. Of the 389 athletes submitted for competition in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, 111 were prohibited in stringent doping tests required of all Russian athletes.
In 2017, multiple women accused Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama of sexually inappropriate conduct when they were teens. Moore lost the special election to fill the seat vacated by Jeff Sessions to Doug Jones.
A thought for the day: “We are products of our past, but we don’t have to be prisoners of it.” — Rick Warren