Today is Thursday, Nov. 25, the 330th day of 2004. There are 36 days left in the year. This is Thanksgiving Day.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Nov. 25, 1963, the body of President Kennedy was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery.

On this date:

In 1758, in the French and Indian War, the British captured Fort Duquesne in present-day Pittsburgh.

In 1783, the British evacuated New York, their last military position in the United States during the Revolutionary War.

In 1881, Pope John XXIII was born Angelo Roncalli near Bergamo, Italy.

In 1944, baseball commissioner Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis died at age 78.

In 1957, President Eisenhower suffered a slight stroke.

In 1973, Greek President George Papadopoulos was ousted in a bloodless military coup.

In 1974, former U.N. Secretary-General U Thant died in New York at age 65.

In 1984, William Schroeder of Jasper, Ind., became the second man to receive a Jarvik-7 artificial heart, at Humana Hospital Audubon in Kentucky. He lived 620 days on the device.

In 1986, the Iran-Contra affair erupted as President Reagan and Attorney General Edwin Meese revealed that profits from secret arms sales to Iran had been diverted to Nicaraguan rebels.

In 2002, President Bush signed legislation creating the Department of Homeland Security, and appointed Tom Ridge to be its head.

Ten years ago: NATO warplanes buzzed the besieged safe haven of Bihac in northwest Bosnia, but did not carry out airstrikes against rebel Serbs. Sony Corporation co-founder Akio Morita retired as chairman of the electronics giant for health reasons.

Five years ago: Five-year-old Elian Gonzalez was rescued by a pair of sport fishermen off the coast of Florida. Elian was one of three survivors from a boat carrying 14 Cubans that had sunk two days earlier in the Atlantic Ocean; his rescue set off an international custody battle between relatives in Miami and Elian's father in Cuba.

One year ago: The Senate gave final congressional approval to historic Medicare legislation combining a new prescription drug benefit with measures to control costs before the baby boom generation reaches retirement age. Yemen arrested Mohammed Hamdi al-Ahdal, a top al-Qaida member suspected of masterminding the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole and the 2002 bombing of a French oil tanker off Yemen's coast. Gail Knisley, 62, was shot and killed while riding in a car on a highway in Columbus, Ohio; it was the only fatality in a series of shootings that terrified area drivers. (A suspect, Charles A. McCoy Jr., was arrested last March.)

Today's Birthdays: Former Chilean dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet is 89. Actor Ricardo Montalban is 84. Actress Kathryn Crosby is 71. Actor Matt Clark is 68. Singer Percy Sledge is 64. Actor Tracey Walter is 62. Author, actor and game show host Ben Stein is 60. Singer Bob Lind is 60. Actor John Larroquette is 57. Movie director Jonathan Kaplan is 57. Singer Amy Grant is 44. Rock musician Eric Grossman (K's Choice) is 40. Rock singer Mark Lanegan is 40. Singer Stacy Lattisaw is 38. Rock musician Rodney Sheppard (Sugar Ray) is 38. Rapper-producer Erick Sermon is 36. Actress Jill Hennessy is 35. Actress Christina Applegate is 33.

Thought for Today: "Who does not thank for little will not thank for much." - Estonian proverb.


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