Today is Friday, Nov. 19, the 324th day of 2004. There are 42 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Nov. 19, 1863, President Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address as he dedicated a national cemetery at the site of the Civil War battlefield in Pennsylvania.

On this date:

In 1794, the United States and Britain signed Jay's Treaty, which resolved some issues left over from the Revolutionary War.

In 1831, the 20th president of the United States, James Garfield, was born in Orange, Ohio.

In 1919, the Senate rejected the Treaty of Versailles by a 55-39 vote, short of the two-thirds majority needed for ratification.

In 1942, during World War II, Russian forces launched their winter offensive against the Germans along the Don front.

In 1949, Monaco held a coronation for its new ruler, Prince Rainier III, six months after he succeeded his grandfather, Prince Louis II.

In 1969, Apollo 12 astronauts Charles Conrad and Alan Bean made man's second landing on the moon.

In 1977, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat became the first Arab leader to visit Israel.

In 1984, nearly 500 people died in a firestorm set off by a series of explosions at a petroleum storage plant on the edge of Mexico City.

In 1985, President Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev met for the first time as they began their summit in Geneva.

In 1997, Iowa seamstress Bobbi McCaughey gave birth to four boys and three girls - only the second set of septuplets known to have been born alive.

Ten years ago: The U.N. Security Council, anxious to stop Serb attacks on the "safe area" of Bihac in northwest Bosnia, authorized NATO to bomb rebel Serb forces striking from neighboring Croatia.

Five years ago: Hundreds of anti-American protesters battled riot police and set stores and banks ablaze as President Clinton rode through Athens in a tight security cocoon and proclaimed a "profound and enduring friendship" with Greece. World leaders at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in Turkey signed a treaty cutting the number of tanks and non-nuclear weapons systems across Europe.

One year ago: During his state visit to London, President Bush urged Europe to put aside bitter war disagreements with the United States and work to build democracy in Iraq or risk turning the nation over to terrorists. A U.S.-Canadian investigation found that the Aug. 14 blackout should have been contained by operators at Ohio's FirstEnergy Corporation; the investigators also faulted Midwest regional monitors.

Today's Birthdays: Actor Alan Young is 85. Former U.N. Ambassador Jeane J. Kirkpatrick is 78. Talk show host Larry King is 71. Talk show host Dick Cavett is 68. Broadcasting and sports mogul Ted Turner is 66. Singer Pete Moore (Smokey Robinson and the Miracles) is 65. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, is 65. TV journalist Garrick Utley is 65. Actor Dan Haggerty is 63. Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson is 63. Fashion designer Calvin Klein is 62. Sportscaster Ahmad Rashad is 55. Actor Robert Beltran is 51. Actress Kathleen Quinlan is 50. Actress Glynnis O'Connor is 49. Newscaster Ann Curry is 48. Actress Allison Janney is 44. Rock musician Matt Sorum (Guns N' Roses, Velvet Revolver) is 44. Actress Meg Ryan is 43. Actress-director Jodie Foster is 42. Actress Terry Farrell is 41. Actor Jason Scott Lee is 38. Olympic gold medal runner Gail Devers is 38. Rock musician Travis McNabb (Better Than Ezra) is 35. Singer Tony Rich is 33. Dancer-choreographer Savion Glover is 31. Country musician Chad Jeffers (Pinmonkey) is 29. R&B singer Tamika Scott (Xscape) is 29.

Thought for Today: "The facts are always less than what really happened." - Nadine Gordimer, South African Nobel Prize-winning author.


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