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The Simpsons Get Political

Fans of Springfield’s yellow-hued first family are in for a treat thanks to the new cable channel FXX, which will air a 12-day marathon of The Simpsons — all 25 seasons, all 552 episodes to date, plus the 2007 movie — from August 21 through September 1. Here’s a look at some of the best-known episodes and characters that have skewered the world of politics.
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Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
Nov. 27, 2014
Giant balloons filled the skies over the streets of New York City in the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday. Here’s a look at this year’s super-sized sights, plus a look back at the parade’s early days.
This year marks the 88th edition of the holiday tradition. In addition to the signature giant balloons, the parade features dozens of floats, marching bands, and other performers.
Tens of thousands of New Yorkers and tourists lined more than two miles of viewing areas along the parade route.
Anxious youngsters line the route.
Look, up in the sky, it's a bird, it's a plane, it's...
BIG BALLOONS: Spider-Man makes his way down Central Park West, guided by several dozen handlers.
Power Ranger
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Ronald McDonald
Elf on a Shelf
Paddington Bear
Hello Kitty
Toothless from How to Train Your Dragon
SpongeBob Squarepants
Thomas the Tank Engine
Keystone Cop
Finn & Jake
Papa Smurf
Activision’s Eruptor video game character peers down at the crowds.
Power Ranger rounds a corner
Papa Smurf
Pillsbury Doughboy
“All About the Bass” singer Meghan Trainor (center) was among the celebrity performers in the parade.
A Cirque du Soleil performer entertains an NYPD officer along the parade route.
The rock group KISS also took part in the parade. Pictured, lead singer Paul Stanley, with Finn & Jake coming up behind.
KISS bass player Gene Simmons greets the crowd in his usual fashion.
A food fight breaks out.
Santa Claus makes an early appearance in anticipation of the Christmas holiday season, with shopping set to begin in earnet on Black Friday.
At the conclusion of the parade route, crews deflate the giant balloons.
INFLATED EXPECTATIONS: Preparations for this year's parade got underway on Monday, and by Wednesday the giant balloons began to take shape.
Papa Smurf watches over the ground crew.
The Cartoon Network characters Finn & Jake rise above the street.
Toothless from How to Train Your Dragon looks ready to pounce.
Workers walk alongside Toothless.
More inflatable characters take shape.
HOT-AIR HISTORY: Originally known as the Macy’s Christmas Parade, the event was first held in 1924 and featured animals from the Central Park Zoo. Pictured, youngsters line the parade route in the early 1960s.
Felix the Cat was the first-ever character balloon, introduced in 1927.
Early parades also saw the giant balloons released to float through the skies. Each came affixed with a return address label, and the lucky individual who found them also got a special gift from Macy’s. Pictured, a giant poodle ascends to the skyline in 1929.
Captain Nemo, 1929
A crowded parade route in 1930
Big feline, 1931
Walt Disney’s iconic Mickey Mouse made his parade debut in 1934.
A handler tends to Officer SOS 13 in 1937.
Superman, 1939
Eddie Cantor, 1940
Uncle Sam, 1940
During WWII, rationing of helium and rubber grounded the parade’s balloons. Over three years, some 650 pounds of rubber were donated to the war effort. Pictured, a teddy bear in 1945.
The parade was first televised in 1946 for local audiences and nationwide in 1947. Coverage of the parade has won twelve Emmys over the years. Pictured, the Macy's Elf in 1947
Fireman, 1948
Mighty Mouse in 1951
Deflation is always a danger along the parade route, but it isn’t the only potential hazard. In 1957 rain filled the cap of the Popeye balloon, dousing surprised spectators when he leaned over.
Popeye, 1959
Bullwinkle, early 1960s
Donald Duck, 1962
The Sinclair Oil dinosaur, 1963
Underdog, 1965
Snoopy holds the distinction of having the most giant-sized versions of any character, with this year’s model marking the seventh incarnation of the Charles M. Schulz creation. Pictured, Snoopy in 1968.
Giving Thanks
Nov. 27, 2014
Gratitude for our gifts and blessings is a good practice, and once a year we formalize it with our national holiday. As is a tradition here at National Review, we reached out to friends and colleagues to finish the statement “Thanksgiving wouldn’t be complete without ….” Here’s a sampling of their thoughts.

“Thanksgiving wouldn't be complete without giving thanks for our abundant blessings.” – Ed Whelan
“Thanksgiving wouldn't be complete without the sense of gratitude that comes from being surrounded by loving family and close friends.” – Michael Auslin
“Thanksgiving wouldn't be complete without God to thank.” – Marvin Olasky
“Faith, family, freedom, food, and football.” – Marco Rubio
“Thanksgiving wouldn't be complete without liberty!  I am so grateful that God allowed me to be born in a nation that recognizes that all rights come from Him. … I am overflowing in gratitude to God for this great nation and the freedom I enjoy in it.” – Penny Nance
“Thanksgiving wouldn't be complete without joining others in singing ‘We Gather Together’ and ‘Now Thank We All Our God.’” – George H. Nash
“Thanksgiving wouldn't be complete without family and football.” – Ralph Reed
“Thanksgiving wouldn't be complete without hugs from my granddaughters!” – Ed Morrissey
“Love sweet love. And marathon, wide-ranging, good natured, possibly circular arguments about the nature of every thing. Starting with life itself.” – Marjorie Dannenfelser
“Thanksgiving wouldn't be complete without my in-laws, Emil and Sylvia Maffucci, both 91 years young, NR readers for over 40 years, who also got my future husband in the habit early!" – Maria Maffucci
“Thanksgiving wouldn't be complete without a nine-year-old who complains that he doesn't like anything on the table, a high schooler who is glued to technology the entire day, and college kids who arrive home and leave immediately to hang out with their posses. But that's family -- which is why we invite friends who actually like us and want to be with us." – Susan Konig
“Thanksgiving wouldn't be complete without my sister's psychotic toy poodle.” – Stanley Kurtz
“Thanksgiving wouldn't be complete without recalling the unique first Thanksgiving Calvin Coolidge spent as president. The headline? Breaking precedent, the president refused a gift of a turkey for the White House. ... [I]n 1923 the White House let it be known that President Coolidge 'does not regard that practice as one to be encouraged.'” – Amity Shlaes
“Thanksgiving wouldn't be complete without families reading my children's book Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving aloud to the kids. So many people have told me that they do that that I'm quite happy to declare it a tradition! ... For one thing, Squanto is much more readable than the Mayflower Compact and William Bradford's diary. And there are pictures, too!” – Eric Metaxas
“Thanksgiving would not be complete without reading aloud The Wall Street Journal’s annual Thanksgiving editorial on "The Desolate Wilderness," in which the pilgrims arrived, and from which came the bounty of America. ... After the Thanksgiving meal, we would sometimes read aloud favorite poems and short stories. A feast for the soul.” – Claudia Rosett
“Thanksgiving wouldn't be complete without an awareness of how much benefit the Pilgrims and their successors have brought the world since 1621.” – Daniel Pipes
“Thanksgiving wouldn't be complete without remembering why it was proclaimed.”  – Bing West
“Thanksgiving wouldn’t be complete without faith, family, memories, God’s mercy and Providence.” – Kathryn Jean Lopez
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Nationwide Protests Over Ferguson
Nov. 26, 2014
Anger over the grand jury decision in Ferguson, Mo., spread across the country on Tuesday as protesters marched, chanted, and in some cases blocked roads. Here’s a look. Pictured, marchers in Detroit, Mich., use the "Hands Up, Don't Shoot!" gesture that has come to signify the Ferguson protests.
Some 170 marches, rallies, and other acts of organized protest took place on Tuesday in major cities including New York, Washington, and Los Angeles. Pictured, marchers gather outside CNN Center in Atlanta, Ga.
Like those in Ferguson itself, demonstrators lashed out at the decision not to pursue charges against Officer Darren Wilson and expressed rage at what they say has been discriminatory treatment by police. Pictured, marchers confront police in Baltimore, Md.
Some marches started earlier in the day. Pictured, students at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis carry a large banner across campus.
Demonstrators in New York, Los Angeles, and elsewhere blocked roads and disrupted traffic for rush hour commuters. Pictured, marchers block Interstate 580 in Oakland, Calif.
While most demonstrations were largely peaceful, some violence took place in Oakland, Calif., where demonstrators looted stores and set fires.
NEW YORK CITY: Large crowds of demonstrators marcheded through the streets of Manhattan, from Union Square to FDR Drive, Times Square, and Harlem. Pictured, marchers make their way up Seventh Avenue.
New York City
New York City
Marchers scuffle with police in New York City.
Protesters assemble in Times Square
Times Square in New York City
Times Square in New York City
Police use tear gas on unruly members of the crowd at Times Square.
WASHINGTON: In the nation’s capitol, marchers gathered at the White House, the National Portrait Gallery, and other landmarks in peaceful but forceful rallies. Pictured, marchers hold signs on Pennsylvania Avenue outside the White House.
Demonstrators gather on the steps of the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.
The National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C.
LOS ANGELES: In southern California, protesters shut down a stretch of the Interstate 101 Freeway in Los Angeles, while others assembled at LAPD headquarters.
Protesters shout with police outside of LAPD headquarters.
Los Angeles, Calif.
Los Angeles, Calif.
Outside the Staples Center near downtown Los Angeles.
Protesters block the Interstate 101 freeway in downtown Los Angeles.
Protesters block traffic on the 101 Freeway in Los Angeles, Calif.
Demonstrators stand in traffic near the 101 freeway in Los Angeles.
Law enforcement moves down the Interstate 101 freeway.
Highway patrol officers chase protesters off the 101 Freeway.
A marcher covers her face with an American flag.
OAKLAND: The worst violence of the evening occurred in Oakland, Calif., where protesters looted some stores, set others aflame, and also set bonfires in the street.
Oakland, Calif.
A protester stans on an American flag in Oakland, Calif.
Oakland, Calif.
A crowd of demonstrators faces off against a line of police in Oakland, Calif.
Protesters move through traffic in Oakland, Calif.
AROUND THE NATION: Protesters kneel down to block traffic in Seattle, Wash.
Seattle, Wash.
Marchers block Interstate 75/85 near the state capitol in Atlanta, Ga.
Police in riot gear prepare to deal with demonstrators in Atlanta, Ga.
Demonstrators sit in the road near a police car in Baltimore, Md.
Newark, N.J.
Outside a police station in Minneapolis, Minn.
Shows of support for the Ferguson protests were also seen in other countries. Pictured, demonstrators gather outside the American embassy in London, England
White House Turkeys
Nov. 26, 2014
Each year, one of the traditions surrounding the national Thanksgiving holiday is the presentation of the official White House turkey and an accompanying presidential pardon of one lucky bird. Here’s a look at the ceremony over the years — and some less fortunate fowl.
President Obama pardons "Cheese" (and her counterpart, "Mac") as daughters Sasha and Malia look on, November 26, 2014. The president joked that some might see the act as "amnesty."
Earlier in the week, this year's turkeys rested at the Willard Hotel in Washington. The two 50-pound broad-brested white turkeys were raised at a farm in Fort Recovery, Ohio. One turkey will be pardoned, with the other serving as an alternate if needed.
In 1947, the National Turkey Federation took on the role of official turkey supplier to the President, and a ceremony was begun to formally receive each year’s bird — though in those days they were definitely destined for the dinner table. Pictured, President Harry Truman anticipates the carving to come.
According to, tales of turkey pardons date back the Lincoln administration, when the 16th president is to have acquiesced to a request from son Tad to spare a bird destined for Christmas dinner.
In what is generally thought to be the first public — though unofficial — pardon, President John F. Kennedy in 1963 spared that year’s turkey with the words: “We’ll just let this one grow.”
In 1989, President George H.W. Bush became the first chief executive to issue an official pardon. Said Bush: “He will not end up on anyone’s dinner table — not this guy.”
Each year the chosen fowl are treated as holiday celebrities. Pictured, “Caramel” and “Popcorn” pose for photos in the White House prior to the pardoning ceremony in 2013.
Since Bush’s proclamation, the official presidential pardon has become an annual event. Pictured, President Obama pardons "Popcorn" as daughters Sasha and Malia look on, 2013.
President Obama indulges in an executive action, 2012.
President Obama, 2011
President Obama, 2009
President George W. Bush inspects the official bird in 2007.
President Bush, 2006
President Bush, 2004
President Bush, 2003
President Bush, 2002
President Bush, 2001
President Bill Clinton offers his approval, 1996.
President Clinton, 1998
President George H.W. Bush, 1992
In the year's before presidents began issuing official pardons, turkeys had to hope for the best. Pictured, President Ronald Reagan in the Rose Garden in 1983.
President Reagan, 1988
"Charlie" tries to take flight in 1987
A turkey-sized panic, 1984
A more well-behaved bird ponders his possible fate, 1981
First Lady Rosalynn Carter and daughter Amy meet “Purdue Pete”, 1978
President Gerald R. Ford takes a closer look, 1975.
President Richard Nixon sizes up the big bird, 1969.
First Lady Pat Nixon greets the White House turkeys in 1971.
President Lyndon Johnson and a group of visitors in the Oval Office, 1967.
President Johnson dreams of a Texas-sized barbecue, 1967.
President Dwight D. Eisenhower can't contain his excitement, 1954.
President Eisenhower in a calmer moment, 1956.
Vice President Richard Nixon shakes the foot of a feathered constituent, 1955.
DINNER BELL: Of course not every turkey that comes near the Commander-in-Chief is quite so lucky — a President's gotta eat, after all. Pictured, President Franklin Roosevelt digs in, 1938.
President Bush serves up chow for the troops, 2003.
President Bush mans the carving knife, 2001.
President Clinton carves the carcass at Camp David, 2000.
The Eisenhowers, 1954
Finger-lickin' good, 1954
Thanksgiving dinner at the White House with the Eisenhowers, 1953
Truman and turkey, 1952
Happy Thanksgiving!
Today in History: Happy Thanksgiving
Nov. 26, 2014
NOVEMBER 26, 1941: President Franklin Roosevelt signs a bill officially establishing the fourth Thursday of November as national Thanksgiving Day. The ceremony, which dated back to the earliest days of the Plymouth colonies, was recognized by the Continential Congress in 1777 and first proclaimed a holiday by President George Washington in 1789.
1942: Casablanca has its world premiere in New York City. Starring Humphrey Bogart as the owner of a swanky North African nightclub and Ingrid Bergman, and peppered with some of filmdom’s most-famous lines — including “Here’s looking at you, kid” — the film wins the Oscar for best picture and quickly takes its place in the pantheon of American cinema classics.
NOVEMBER 25, 1999: Elián González is rescued by the Coast Guard off the coast of Florida after the boat he had journeyed on sank, killing ten others includes his mother. González would become the flashpoint in an international custody battle between his families in Cuba and Florida and federal authorities who would later seize the youth in an armed raid. González was returned to Cuba in 2000.
1947: Hollywood studios agree to enforce a blacklist against the “Hollywood 10” (pictured) and other filmmakers who were accused of Communist sympathies by the House Un-American Activities Committee. Though Eugene McCarthy’s HUAC would soon be shuttered, the blacklist continues for several decades, with some of those targeted working under assumed names.
1783: General George Washington enters New York City to a hero’s welcome as British soldiers depart their last military deployment in America, marking a symbolic end to the Revolutionary War. Washington would be inaugurated in New York City in 1789 as the nation’s first president, and the city would serve as the nation’s capital until 1790.
NOVEMBER 24, 1971: A man calling himself D.B. Cooper hijacks a Northwest Orient Airlines 727, forcing the plane to land in Seattle where authorities meet his demands for $200,000 and four parachutes. After freeing most of the passengers, the plane heads towards Mexico, but somewhere enroute Cooper leaps from the plane into a violent thunderstorm and an uncertain fate.
1963: Dallas nightclub owner Jack Ruby shoots and kills accused Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald. Charged with murder, Ruby would plead grief over President Kennedy’s death overwhelmed him, but conspiracy theorists speculated he silenced Oswald to protect a larger conspiracy. Ruby’s conviction was overturned, but he dies in 1967 while awaiting a retrial.
1859: Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species is published in England, laying out the naturalist’s theories of natural selection and evolution that would create a revolution in biology and the life sciences. Based in part on Darwin’s studies in the Galapagos Islands while traveling on HMS Beagle, the book expanded on theories first expounded by Alfred Wallace and others.
NOVEMBER 21, 1980: An estimated 83 million people tune in to find out “Who Shot J.R.” on the popular primetime drama Dallas. J.R. Ewing (Larry Hagman), the scheming, womanizing villain of a sprawling Texas family made rich by oil and cattle, had been shot at the end of the previous season, and the identity of his attacker — when so many wanted him dead — had riveted the nation.
1985: Jonathan Pollard, a civilian U.S. Navy intelligence analyst, is arrested on charges of passing classified information to Israel. Pollard’s conviction on charges of espionage and his life sentence would become a sore point in relations between the U.S. and Israel over the years, and efforts to reduce or commute his sentence continue to this day.
1976: The gritty boxing drama Rocky premieres in New York, telling the tale of a small-time Philadelphia mob enforcer (Sylvester Stallone) who gets a once-in-a-lifetime shot to fight the heavyweight champion of the world. Penned by Stallone, the film’s energy and earnestness strike a chord with audiences, reaping box-office gold and an Oscar for best picture.
1916: The HMHS Britannic, sister ship of Titanic, sinks in the Aegean Sea after being crippled by a mysterious explosion. The 50,000-ton luxury liner, originally named Gigantic, had served as a hospital ship during WWI. Thanks to hull upgrades and a larger complement of lifeboats, both mandated after the demise of Titanic, only 30 passengers are killed while more than 1,000 are rescued.
NOVEMBER 20, 1945: The trial of 24 former Nazi leaders indicted for war crimes and crimes against humanity begins in Nuremberg, Germany. The unprecedented international tribunal meets in 216 sessions over ten months, hearing detailed testimony and dealing with sometimes obstinate defendants. In October 1946, 22 verdicts are handed down, including twelve death sentences.
1910: Francisco Madero publishes his Plan de San Luis Potosi, a call for revolution in Mexico against the oligarchical rule of Porfirio Díaz. Madero had run for president against Diaz, who had Madero arrested before staging a mock election. Though initially unsuccessful, the Mexican Revolution grows quickly, installing Madero as president the following spring.
NOVEMBER 19, 1959: The Ford Motor Company cancels production of the Edsel after a year of disappointing sales and some $350 million in losses. Whether because of it’s odd name, design, reliability, or overhyped marketing, consumers never embraced the ill-fated vehicle. Just over 118,000 were produced, and the name “Edsel” went on to become a metonym for failure.
1969: Four months after the first moon landing, Apollo 12 astronauts Pete Conrad and Alan Bean make a pinpoint landing on the Ocean of Storms within walking distance of the Surveyor 3 probe. The mission had begun with a near abort after the Saturn V rocket was struck by lightning shortly after launch, but quick thinking by mission control and Bean kept the mission flying.
1942: Red Army General Georgi Zhukov launches Operation Uranus, a massive counteroffensive to push the Germany Army out of Stalingrad that would turn the tide of the war in Russia’s favor. Zhukov’s 500,000 troops and 900 tanks quickly encircled the invading German Sixth Army. Ordered not to surrender by Hitler, General Friedrich Paulus finally capitulates on January 31.
1863: President Abraham Lincoln delivers his Gettysburg Address at the dedication of the new Soldiers’ National Cemetery, framing the struggle of the Civil War as a fight to preserve the nation’s founding principles. Some 7,500 Union and Confederate soldiers had fallen in the bloody and pivotal three-day Civil War battle that turned back General Robert E. Lee’s invasion of the north.
NOVEMBER 18, 1928: Steamboat Willie premieres, the first cartoon with fully synchronized sound and the formal debut of Mickey Mouse, who would go on to power an animation empire for directors Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks. Disney had been inspired by the sound innovation of The Jazz Singer, and the toon’s title was a parody of the Buster Keaton silent feature Steamboat Bill Jr.
1978: Peoples Temple founder Jim Jones leads hundreds of his followers in a mass suicide at the Jonestown compound in Guyana. The previous day he had ordered the murder of a visiting California congressman sent to investigate reports of harsh conditions. Willingly and at gunpoint, 909 people ingest a fatal cocktail; a third of the victims are children.
1890: The armored cruiser U.S.S. Maine launches. Sent to Havana in January 1989 to protect American interests in Cuba, the Maine was sunk by a massive explosion on February 15, killing 260 of her crew. News reports blamed the colonial Spanish government and whipped up a war fever with the rallying cry “Remember the Maine”; war broke out two months later.
1883: At precisely noon, all North American railroad companies switch to Standard Railway Time to better schedule and control rail operations across the nation’s vast expanse. Many cities quickly begin using one of the five local time “zones,” and manage to function without federal intervention until Standard Time (and Daylight Savings) is enacted into law in 1918.
1861: Abolitionist author Julia Ward Howe composes new lyrics to the marching song “John Brown’s Body” after watching a review of Union troops in Washington, D.C. Howe’s stirring lyrics for “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” linked the Civil War struggle to God’s divine judgment, and the music would become a common part of many political events through the years.
NOVEMBER 17, 1968: NBC switches away from the final minute of a hotly contested football game between the Oakland Raiders and New York Jets to air the children’s film Heidi, causing viewers nationwide to miss the Raiders scoring two touchdowns in nine seconds in a come-from-behind win. After howls of public outrage, NBC changes its contracts to avoid a repeat of the Heidi Bowl.”
1869: The Suez Canal in Egypt connecting the Mediterranean and Red seas opens to shipping after a decade of construction. Further improvements to deep and widen the canal would make it one of the world’s most heavily traveled shipping lanes, but the waterway would also become a geopolitical flashpoint on the front lines of the larger Arab-Israeli conflict.
NOVEMBER 14, 1851: Herman Melville’s epic novel Moby-Dick is first published in New York. Melville based his mythic tale of Captain Ahab and his quest for a giant white whale on a real-life incident involving the whaling ship Essex. Though it is now considered a classic, the novel was not well received initially, and Melville abandoned writing in 1865.
1970: A plane carrying most of the Marshall University football team, coaches, and more than two dozen boosters crashes, killing all on board and devastating the West Virginia college community. Brought in to rebuild the Thundering Herd program, coach Jack Lengyel gets permission from the NCAA to play freshman students, fielding a team that wins two games the next season.
1965: American and North Vietnamese forces fight their first major battle in the Ia Drang Valley. The pitched three-day fight sees some of the first heavy use of helicopters by the U.S. Fifth and Seventh Cavalry regiments to provide mobility and close air support, a tactic that would gain wide use during the conflict. More than 500 U.S. soldiers are wounded in the battle and 305 killed.
NOVEMBER 13, 1982: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C., honoring servicemen killed or missing in the conflict. Architect Maya Lin’s minimal design — a V-shaped black granite wall inscribed with more than 58,000 names — initially lacked the typical heroic sculptures and was controversial at the time, but was soon embraced by veterans and the public.
1927: The Holland Tunnel opens to the public after seven years of construction, running under the Hudson River connecting Canal Street in Manhattan with 12th and 14th Streets in New Jersey. The twin-tube roadway solved the intractable problem of ventilating long underground tunnels by using 84 powerful fans capable of completely replacing the inside air every 90 seconds.
NOVEMBER 12, 1954: The immigration reception center on Ellis Island closes its doors after five decades of operation as the “Gateway to America.” The nation’s busiest arrival terminal for more than five decades, Ellis Island processed some 17 million new Americans through 1943. The island joined nearby Liberty Island as a Park Service attraction in 1965.
NOVEMBER 11, 1918: The guns of the “Great War” go silent on the Western front as the belligerents mark an armistice that takes effect “at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.” Soon thereafter Armistice Day becomes a national holiday in many countries that had fought in the war, commemorating the 20 million who died during the conflict.
1921: The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is dedicated at Arlington National Cemetery, commemorating the sacrifices of those who had fought in WWI. The white marble sarcophagus includes six wreaths representing the major campaigns of the war, and is inscribed with the words: “Here rests in honored glory an American soldier known but to God.”
NOVEMBER 10, 1775: The Continental Congress passes a resolution calling for the raising of two battalions of Marines to serve with the recently formed Navy; the date becomes the formal birthday of the United States Marine Corps. The Marines go on to fight with distinction in every one of America’s wars, from the halls of Monteczuma to the shores of Tripoli and beyond.
1975: The freighter SS Edmund Fitzgerald sinks in Lake Superior during a heavy storm with the loss of all 29 crewmen. Fitzgerald was the largest and fastest freighter on the Great Lakes, but high waves and a failed radar doomed the vessel, though the exact cause of her demise remains unclear. The tragedy was immortalized in a popular ballad by Gordon Lightfoot.
1969: The children’s program Sesame Street debuts on the National Educational Television network (later renamed PBS). The groundbreaking series uses live actors and puppets (dubbed “Muppets”) to teach basic academic skills, socialization, and self-esteem. Muppet characters such as Big Bird, Bert and Ernie, and Oscar the Grouch become famous in their own right.
1871: After an extensive search in the jungles of Africa, British explorer Sir Henry Morton Stanley discovers the long-missing Scottish missionary David Livingstone near Lake Tanganyika. According to legend, Stanley calmly asks: “Dr. Livingstone, I presume?” — but whether the famous phrase was actually uttered is disputed by some historians.
NOVEMBER 7, 1957: The Gaither Report, a survey of American defense readiness, concludes that the U.S. has fallen well behind the Soviet Union, giving birth to the “missile gap” meme, and recommends sharp increases in defense spending. Among the report’s recommendation were that more fallout shelters should be built to cope with a possible war with Russia.
1991: Los Angeles Lakers star Earvin “Magic” Johnson announces he will retire from basketball after testing positive for the HIV virus that causes AIDS. Johnson’s announcement helps to raise awareness of the disease at a time when it was seen as a problem exclusive to gay men, and his later work as a spokesman showed that the diagnosis was no longer a death sentence.
1940: The Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Washington state suffers a spectacular and catastrophic collapse. At 2,800 feet in length, the bridge was one of the longest suspension bridges in the world, but was quickly dubbed “Galloping Gertie” because of its tendency to sway in high winds, an effect amplified by its design. The sole casualty of the collapse was a cocker spaniel trapped in a car.
OCTOBER 6, 1917: Bolshevik revolutionaries led by Vladimir Lenin launch a coup d’etat against the Russian provisional government in Petrograd and establish the world’s first Marxist state. Lenin quickly sets about nationalizing industries and redistributing land, but is soon consumed in a bloody civil war against czarist forces. In 1922, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics is formally established.
1977: The Kelly Barnes Dam in Georgia gives way after days of heavy rains, sending a torrent of water crashing into the nearby Toccoa Falls Bible College, killing 39 people. First built in 1899, the dam had been repeatedly built up but never properly inspected or maintained. The disaster sparks a federal program to improve private dam safety guidelines.
1789: Baltimore priest John Carroll is appointed the young nation’s first Catholic bishop. Carroll had served with Benjamin Franklin in a delegation seeking French-Canadian support during the Revolutionary War, and his work to build institutions for training native-born priests would later include the the Baltimore cathedral and the founding of Georgetown university.
NOVEMBER 5, 1605: The Gunpowder Plot is foiled when Guy Fawkes is discovered with explosives underneath the Parliament building. Under torture Fawkes admits to being part of a Catholic conspiracy against England’s Protestant government and is sentenced to death. While Guy Fawkes Day celebrates his failure, Fawkes’ masked visage would later become a symbol of anarchic resistance.
1775: In his general orders for the day, General George Washington condemns the celebration of Guy Fawkes Day among his troops as he struggled to win French-Canadian Catholics to the patriot cause. Washington deemed the festivities — which feature the burning of the pope and Fawkes in effigy to commemorate the foiled Gunpowder Plot — as “insulting their religion.”
2009: U.S. Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan goes on a shooting rampage at Fort Hood in Texas, killing 13 personnel and wounding more than 30 as he yells “Allahu Akbar.” Hasan, an Army psychiatrist, was repeatedly promoted despite evident radical inclinations, and even after his 2013 conviction for murder the Obama administration persisted in deeming the assault “workplace violence.”
NOVEMBER 4, 1979: Iranian students seize the U.S. embassy in Tehran, taking more than 60 hostages. President Jimmy Carter orders an embargo of Iranian oil and severs diplomatic ties, but after an ill-fated rescue mission fails disastrously, Carter’s presidency falters. The hostages are finally freed after 444 days on the same day President Ronald Reagan is inaugurated.
1995: Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin is fatally shot in Tel Aviv by a far-right Jewish law student concerned he was giving the county up to its Arab enemies. Rabin had fought in both the Arab-Israeli War of 1948 and the Six-Day War of 1967, and in his second tenure as prime minister had negotiated a peace with the Palestinians that earned him a Nobel Peace Prize shared with Yasir Arafat.
1956: Soviet tanks and troops crush protests in Hungary that had agitated for a withdrawal from the Warsaw Pact, killing and wounding thousands in vicious street fighting and driving nearly a quarter million people from the country. The strong-arm tactics by Soviet leader Nikitia Kruschev, who had promised a retreat from Stalinist repressions, shocks the West.
1922: English archeologist Howard Carter discovers the entrance to the tomb of King Tutankhamen in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings, a long-sought site that had eluded investigators for decades. Upon entering the 3,000-year-old tomb, near the resting place of King Ramses VI, Carter finds it to be in remarkably good condition and containing thousands of artifacts, including a solid-gold sarcophagus.
NOVEMBER 3, 1969: President Richard Nixon delivers his “Silent Majority” speech, laying out a plan to wind down American involvement in the Vietnam conflict and requesting the support of those Americans who had not joined public demonstrations against the war. The White House receives tens of thousands of letters and telegrams in support.
1957: The Soviet Union launches a dog named Laika aboard the Sputnik 2 satellite in an early test of the effects of space travel. A three-year-old female stray, Laika had undergone training to endure the cramped quarters of the capsule for as long as possible but was destined to die in orbit because the technology to safely return the craft had not yet been invented.
2014 Los Angeles Auto Show
Nov. 25, 2014
The annual Los Angeles Auto Show is underway in the City of Angels, bringing together car makers and designers from around the world to showcase new models and provide a peak at possible future vehicles. Here’s a look at some highlights from this year’s event, which runs November 18-30.
The show brings throngs of world media anxious to get the first look at the latest models. Pictured, photographers surround the Mazda CX-3 Compact Crossover Utility.
Top-ranking auto company executives make this trip to roll out their new rides. Pictured, Mercedes-AMG chairman Tobias Moers unveils the Mercedes-AMG GT S.
More than ever, automobiles are embracing high-tech features including navigation, advanced audio systems, and other interactive tools, which were showcased this year at the Connected Car Expo. Pictured, the digital dashboard of the Audi TTS.
In addition to showing the latest models of existing lines, automakers also give sneak peeks at concept vehicles that may enter production in the future. Pictured, the Lexus LF-C2 concept.
Some concept vehicles go way beyond anything currently on the road. Pictured, Chevrolet’s Speed Racer-esque Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo concept vehicle.
The show also features one-of-a-kind and special-edition vehicles produced by some of the world’s top car designers. Pictured, designer James Hetfield’s Black Pearl, built by Marcel and Luc De Lay.
Not only to show-goers get to kick the tires, they can sit inside high-end cars they could probably never afford, Pictured, the view inside the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class.
WHAT A CONCEPT: Another view of the Lexus LF-C2
Infiniti Q80 Inspiration concept
Audi Prologue concept
Bentley Grand Convertible concept
Toyota Future Mobility concept
Toyota i-Road concept
SPECIAL VEHICLE SQUAD: Eager media surround a Galpin-Fisker Rocket.
Galpin-Fisker-themed Mustang
“Race-ready” edition of the Cadillac ATS
Spongebob-themed Toyota Sienna
ON WITH THE SHOW: Cadillac president Johan de Nysschen with the Cadillac 2016 ATS-V in couple (left) and sedan models.
Fiat executive Olivier Francois unveils the Fiat 500X.
BMW i3
Cadillac ELR
Chevrolet ZR2
Chrysler 300 C
Ford Explorer
Honda HR-V
Jaguar F-Type
Mazda CX-5
Mazda CX-3 Crossover
Mazda MX5 convertible
Mazda MX-5 coupe
McClaren 650S Spider
McLaren MP4-12C Spider
McClaren P1
Mercedes AMG GT S
Mercedes-Benz Maybach S 600
Mercedes-Benz Maybach 57
Mitsubishi XR-PHEV plug-in hybrid
Nissan Juke
Nissan Murano
Porsche 911 GT America
Porsche 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid
Saleen FourSixteen
Shelby 350GT
Toyota Mirai fuel-cel vehicle
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