Highlight: In 1963, President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed Nov. 25 a day of national mourning following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

In 1804, the 14th president of the United States, Franklin Pierce, was born in Hillsboro, New Hampshire.

In 1889, the first jukebox made its debut in San Francisco, at the Palais Royale Saloon.

In 1936, Life, the photojournalism magazine created by Henry R. Luce, was first published.

In 1980, some 2,600 people were killed by a series of earthquakes that devastated southern Italy.

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 2012, actor Larry Hagman, best known for playing the scheming oil baron J.R. Ewing on TV’s “Dallas,” died in Dallas at 81.

Ten years ago: Joe Mauer of the Minnesota Twins became only the second catcher in 33 years to win the American League Most Valuable Player Award, finishing first in a near-unanimous vote.

Five years ago: Roger Federer defeated Richard Gasquet 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 in the first reverse singles match as Switzerland won the Davis Cup final against France by taking an unassailable 3-1 lead.

One year ago: Black Friday shoppers were evacuated from a northwestern Indiana Meijer store, and a bomb squad was summoned, after a customer mistook a toy grenade for a real one.


Former Labor Secretary William E. Brock is 89. Actor Franco Nero is 78. Actor-comedy writer Bruce Vilanch is 72. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., is 69. Singer Bruce Hornsby is 65. Former Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., is 64. Actor Maxwell Caulfield is 60. Actor John Henton is 59. TV personality Robin Roberts (“Good Morning America”) is 59. Rock singer-musician Ken Block (Sister Hazel) is 53. Rock musician Charlie Grover is 53. Actress Salli Richardson-Whitfield is 52. Actor Oded Fehr is 49. Rapper-actor Kurupt (Tha Dogg Pound) is 47. Actor Page Kennedy is 43. Actress Kelly Brook is 40. Actor Lucas Grabeel is 35. TV personality Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi is 32. Actress-singer Miley Cyrus is 27. Actor Austin Majors is 24.

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