Highlights: In 1620, the passengers and crew of the Mayflower sighted Cape Cod. In 1872, fire destroyed nearly 800 buildings in Boston. In 1938, Nazis looted and burned synagogues as well as Jewish-owned stores and houses in Germany and Austria in a pogrom that became known as “Kristallnacht." In 1953, Welsh author-poet Dylan Thomas died in New York at age 39. In 1965, the great Northeast blackout occurred as a series of power failures lasting up to 13½ hours left 30 million people in seven states and part of Canada without electricity. In 1967, a Saturn V rocket carrying an unmanned Apollo spacecraft blasted off from Cape Kennedy on a successful test flight. In 1989, communist East Germany threw open its borders, allowing citizens to travel freely to the West; joyous Germans danced atop the Berlin Wall.
Ten years ago: President George W. Bush said in his Saturday radio address that Saddam Hussein faced a final test to surrender weapons of mass destruction.
Five years ago: President Gen. Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan placed opposition leader Benazir Bhutto under house arrest for a day, and rounded up thousands of her supporters to block a mass rally against his emergency rule.
One year ago: After 46 seasons as Penn State’s head football coach and a record 409 victories, Joe Paterno was fired along with the university president, Graham Spanier, over their handling of child sex abuse allegations against former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. Taylor Swift won her second entertainer of the year award at The Country Music Association Awards.
It’s Friday, Nov. 9, the 314th day of 2012. There are 52 days left in the year.
Baseball Hall of Famer Whitey Herzog is 81. Baseball Hall of Famer Bob Gibson is 77. Movie director Bille August is 64. Actor Robert David Hall is 64. Actor Lou Ferrigno is 61. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, is 60. Gospel singer Donnie McClurkin is 53. Rock musician Dee Plakas (L7) is 52. Actress Ion Overman is 43. Rapper Pepa (Salt-N-Pepa) is 43. Rapper Scarface (Geto Boys) is 42. Blues singer Susan Tedeschi is 42. Actor Eric Dane is 40. Singer Nick Lachey (98 Degrees) is 39. Rhythm-and-blues singer Sisqo (Dru Hill) is 34. Actress Nikki Blonsky is 24.
— From wire reports