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In History, Birthdays

It’s Monday, Nov. 12, the 317th day of 2012. There are 49 days left in the year.

In History

Highlights: In 1942, the World War II naval Battle of Guadalcanal began. (The Allies ended up winning a major victory over Japanese forces.) In 1969, news of the My Lai Massacre in South Vietnam in March 1968 was broken by reporter Seymour Hersh.

Ten years ago: In an audiotaped message, a voice purported to be that of Osama bin Laden praised terrorist strikes in Bali and Moscow and threatened Western nations over any attack on Iraq.

Five years ago: Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was placed under house arrest for the second time in four days ahead of a planned march to protest emergency rule. The Dow Jones industrial average closed below 13,000 for first time since August 2007.

One year ago: President Barack Obama declared the Asia-Pacific region the heart of explosive growth for years to come as he courted Asian powers in Hawaii, the site of a regional economic summit. In a surprisingly sharp move, the Arab League voted to suspend Syria over the country’s bloody crackdown on protesters and stepped up calls on the army to stop killing civilians.

Birthdays

Rhythm-and-blues singer Ruby Nash Curtis (Ruby and the Romantics) is 73. Rock musician Booker T. Jones (Booker T.&the MGs) is 68. Sportscaster Al Michaels is 68. Singer-songwriter Neil Young is 67. Olympic gold medal gymnast Nadia Comaneci is 51. Former MLB player Sammy Sosa is 44. Figure skater Tonya Harding is 42. Actor Ryan Gosling is 32. Actress Anne Hathaway is 30.

— From wire reports