It’s Sunday, Nov. 25, the 330th day of 2012. There are 36 days left in the year.
Voters in Spain’s Catalonia region go to the polls and are likely to elect a pro-independence leader who will test Spanish unity at a time of deep economic crisis.
Highlights: In 1783, the British evacuated New York, their last military position in the United States during the Revolutionary War. In 1952, the play “The Mousetrap,” a murder mystery by Agatha Christie, first opened in London’s West End; it is the longest continuously running show in history. In 1957, President Dwight D. Eisenhower suffered a slight stroke. In 1986, the Iran-Contra affair erupted as President Ronald Reagan and Attorney General Edwin Meese revealed that profits from secret arms sales to Iran had been diverted to Nicaraguan rebels.
Ten years ago: President George W. Bush signed legislation creating the Department of Homeland Security and appointed Tom Ridge to be its head.
Five years ago: Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif returned from exile to an ecstatic welcome from thousands of supporters and immediately stepped up the pressure on U.S.-backed military ruler Pervez Musharraf to end emergency rule.
One year ago: In a friendly-fire incident that further strained relations between the United States and Pakistan, U.S. forces launched airstrikes that mistakenly killed 24 Pakistani troops at two posts along the Afghan border.
Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Joe Gibbs is 72. Author, actor and economist Ben Stein is 68. Singer Bob Lind is 68. Actor John Larroquette is 65. Author Charlaine Harris is 61. Singer Amy Grant is 52. Former NFL quarterback Bernie Kosar is 49. Rock musician Eric Grossman (K’s Choice) is 48. Actress Christina Applegate is 41. NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb is 36. Former first daughters Barbara Bush and Jenna Bush Hager are 31.
— From wire reports