Today is Saturday, Nov. 27, the 332nd day of 2004. There are 34 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On Nov. 27, 1978, San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and City Supervisor Harvey Milk, a gay-rights activist, were shot to death inside City Hall by former supervisor Dan White.

On this date:

In 1901, the U.S. Army War College was established in Washington, D.C.

In 1910, New York's Pennsylvania Station opened.

In 1942, during World War II, the French navy at Toulon scuttled its ships and submarines to keep them out of the hands of the Nazis.

In 1945, Gen. George C. Marshall was named special U.S. envoy to China to try to end hostilities between the Nationalists and the Communists.

In 1953, playwright Eugene O'Neill died in Boston at age 65.

In 1970, Pope Paul VI, visiting the Philippines, was slightly wounded at the Manila airport by a dagger-wielding Bolivian painter disguised as a priest.

In 1973, the Senate voted 92-3 to confirm Gerald R. Ford as vice president, succeeding Spiro T. Agnew, who had resigned.

In 1983, 183 people were killed when a Colombian Avianca Airlines Boeing 747 crashed near Madrid's Barajas airport.

In 1985, the British House of Commons approved the Anglo-Irish accord giving Dublin a consultative role in the governing of British-ruled Northern Ireland.

In 1989, 107 people were killed when a bomb blamed by police on drug traffickers destroyed a Colombian jetliner.

Ten years ago: Defense Secretary William Perry, appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press," suggested the Bosnian government had lost the war in the Balkans, and acknowledged NATO was powerless to stop the Serbs.

Five years ago: Northern Ireland's biggest party, the Ulster Unionists, cleared the way for the speedy formation of an unprecedented Protestant-Catholic administration.

One year ago: President Bush flew to Iraq under extraordinary secrecy and security to spend Thanksgiving with U.S. troops and thank them for "defending the American people from danger."

Today's Birthdays: Actor James Avery is 56. TV host Bill Nye ("Bill Nye, the Science Guy") is 49. Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg is 47. Rock musician Charlie Burchill (Simple Minds) is 45. Rock musician Charlie Benante (Anthrax) is 42. Rock musician Mike Bordin (Faith No More) is 42. Actor Fisher Stevens is 41. Actress Robin Givens is 40. Actor Michael Vartan ("Alias") is 36. Rapper Skoob (DAS EFX) is 34. Actor Jaleel White is 28.

Thought for Today: "Youth condemns; maturity condones." - Amy Lowell, American poet, critic (1874-1925).

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