Today is Monday, Nov. 22, the 327th day of 2004. There are 39 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Nov. 22, 1963, President Kennedy was shot to death while riding in a motorcade in Dallas. Texas Gov. John B. Connally, in the same limousine as Kennedy, was seriously wounded. Suspect Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested.

On this date:

In 1718, English pirate Edward Teach, better known as Blackbeard, was killed during a battle off the Virginia coast.

In 1906, the "S-O-S" distress signal was adopted at the International Radio Telegraphic Convention in Berlin.

In 1928, "Bolero" by Maurice Ravel made its debut in Paris.

In 1935, a flying boat, the "China Clipper," took off from Alameda, Calif., carrying more than 100,000 pieces of mail on the first trans-Pacific airmail flight.

In 1943, President Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Chinese leader Chiang Kai-shek met in Cairo to discuss measures for defeating Japan.

In 1943, lyricist Lorenz Hart died in New York at age 48.

In 1975, Juan Carlos was proclaimed King of Spain.

In 1977, regular passenger service between New York and Europe on the supersonic Concorde began on a trial basis.

In 1990, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, having failed to win re-election of the Conservative Party leadership on the first ballot, announced her resignation.

In 1993, Mexico's Senate overwhelmingly approved the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Ten years ago: A gunman opened fire inside the District of Columbia's police headquarters; the resulting gunbattle left two FBI agents, a city detective and the gunman dead. Serb fighters in northwest Bosnia set villages ablaze in response to a retaliatory airstrike by NATO.

Five years ago: During a visit to the former communist country of Bulgaria, President Clinton promised tens of thousands of cheering Bulgarians in Sofia that "you, too, shall overcome" in their difficult struggle for democracy and prosperity.

One year ago: The Medicare prescription drug bill narrowly passed the House, 220-215, following a dusk-to-dawn debate. Thousands of mourners gathered in downtown Dallas along the street where President John F. Kennedy was assassinated 40 years earlier. College student Dru Sjodin disappeared while leaving her job at a Grand Forks, N.D., mall. (Her body was found the following April; a suspect, Alfonso Rodriguez Jr., has pleaded innocent to kidnapping resulting in Sjodin's death.)

Today's Birthdays: Former Sen. Claiborne Pell, D-R.I., is 86. Movie director Arthur Hiller is 81. Actor Robert Vaughn is 72. Actor Michael Callan is 69. Actor Allen Garfield is 65. Animator and movie director Terry Gilliam is 64. Actor Tom Conti is 63. Singer Jesse Colin Young is 63. Astronaut Guion S. Bluford is 62. Tennis player Billie Jean King is 61. Rock musician Tina Weymouth (The Heads; Talking Heads; The Tom Tom Club) is 54. Baseball player Greg Luzinski is 54. Rock musician Lawrence Gowan is 48. Actor Richard Kind is 48. Actress Jamie Lee Curtis is 46. Rock singer Jason Ringenberg (Jason & the Scorchers) is 46. Actress Mariel Hemingway is 43. Actor Stephen Geoffreys is 40. Rock musician Charlie Colin is 38. Actor Nicholas Rowe is 38. Actor Mark Ruffalo is 37. Tennis player Boris Becker is 37. Actress Scarlett Johansson is 20.

Thought for Today: "In youth we feel richer for every new illusion; in maturer years, for every one we lose." - Anne Sophie Swetchine, Russian-French author (1782-1857).


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