KSAT Kids: Today in History, Nov. 23

National day of mourning proclaimed for JFK; Life magazine first published

Several sprays of flowers lie on a grassy plot just opposite the busy Dallas Street where President Kennedy was assassinated, Nov. 23, 1963 in Dallas. One bore an unsigned card with the words, ?We Grieve.? Looking at the flowers, left to right, are Mrs. T.M. Weaver of Dallas and Mr. and Mrs. A.R. Lawrence of Lubbock. Kennedy?s slayer fired from window at far right, second story from top, of building in background. (AP Photo) (Anonymous, AP1963)

Today is Monday, Nov. 23, the 328th day of 2020. There are 38 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

  • On Nov. 23, 1963, President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed Nov. 25 a day of national mourning following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

On this date:

  • In 1887, actor Boris Karloff was born William Henry Pratt in London.
  • In 1914, the seven-month U.S. military occupation of Veracruz, Mexico, ended.
  • In 1936, Life, the photojournalism magazine created by Henry R. Luce (loos), was first published.
The first cover of Life Magazine, dated Nov. 23, 1936, and featuring the Fort Peck Dam in Fort Peck, Mt. is seen in this undated photo. Magazine publisher Time Inc. is shutting down Life magazine again, a brand it had resuscitated in late 2004 as a newspaper supplement. Time Inc. said in a statement Monday, March 26, 2007 that it would keep the Life brand going on the Internet, where it will launch a Web site with photos from its massive image collection, and by publishing books. (AP Photo) (AP2007)
  • In 1971, the People’s Republic of China was seated in the U.N. Security Council.
  • In 1980, some 2,600 people were killed by a series of 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.
  • In 2000, in a setback for Al Gore, the Florida Supreme Court refused to order Miami-Dade County officials to resume hand-counting its election-day ballots. Meanwhile, Gore’s lawyers argued in a brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court that the high court should stay out of the Florida election controversy.
  • In 2001, the U.N. war crimes tribunal said it would try former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic for genocide in Bosnia, linking him for the first time in court to the murders of thousands of non-Serbs and the displacement of a quarter million people. (Milosevic died in March 2006 while his trial was in progress.)
  • In 2003, five U.S. soldiers were killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan. Eduard Shevardnadze resigned as president of Georgia in the face of protests.
  • In 2006, former KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko died in London from radiation poisoning after making a deathbed statement blaming Russian President Vladimir Putin.
  • In 2012, supporters and opponents of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi clashed in the streets of Cairo and other major cities in the worst violence since Morsi took office nearly five months earlier. Actor Larry Hagman, best known for playing the scheming oil baron J.R. Ewing on TV’s “Dallas,” died in Dallas at the age of 81.
  • In 2016, President-elect Donald Trump selected two Republican women who’d had unflattering things to say about him during the campaign: South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley to serve as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and charter school advocate Betsy DeVos to lead the Department of Education.

Today’s Birthdays:

Former Labor Secretary William E. Brock is 90. Actor Franco Nero is 79. Screenwriter Joe Eszterhas is 76. Actor-comedy writer Bruce Vilanch is 73. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., is 70. Singer Bruce Hornsby is 66. Former Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., is 65. Actor Maxwell Caulfield is 61. Actor John Henton is 60. TV personality Robin Roberts (“Good Morning America”) is 60. Rock singer-musician Ken Block (Sister Hazel) is 54. Actor Salli Richardson-Whitfield is 53. Actor Oded Fehr (OH’-dehd fayr) is 50. Rapper-actor Kurupt (Tha Dogg Pound) is 48. Actor Page Kennedy is 44. Actor Kelly Brook is 41. Actor Lucas Grabeel is 36. TV personality Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi is 33. Actor-singer Miley Cyrus is 28. Actor Austin Majors is 25. Actor Olivia Keville (TV: “Splitting Up Together”) is 18.