Today is Saturday, Nov. 16, the 320th day of 2019. There are 45 days left in the year.

Memory Lane

Sixty years ago: The two banks in Hastings said they would distribute a total of $160,000 to their customers who had participated in the annual Christmas Club savings program.

Fifty years ago: Officials of First St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Hastings said that Dr. Leeland Soker, a native of Hildreth, would succeed Dr. Theodore E. Johnson who died last August.

Forty years ago: Richard Hinrichs of Campbell was named the outstanding farmer of the year by the Hastings Kiwanis Club.

Thirty years ago: A watercolor painting by Dora Hagge of Hastings was recognized at the American Artists Professional League exhibition in New York.

Twenty years ago: About 50 firefighters from three departments battled a large blaze that destroyed several vehicles and outbuildings on the Jack Hill residence in Heartwell.

Ten years ago: The Sandy Creek volleyball team took the state title in the Class C-2 state tournament against No. 1 ranked Sutton.

One year ago: The Bruning- Davenport/Shickley volleyball team captured the Class D-2 state title.

Highlight in history

On Nov. 16, 1914, the newly created Federal Reserve Banks opened in 12 cities.

Today in Nebraska

In 1982, the Raymond Co-Op Grain Co. elevator exploded, killing five people and injuring two.

On this date

In 1776, British troops captured Fort Washington in New York during the American Revolution.

In 1933, the United States and the Soviet Union established diplomatic relations.

In 1939, mob boss Al Capone, ill with syphilis, was released from prison after serving 7 1/2 years for tax evasion and failure to file tax returns.

In 1960, Academy Award-winning actor Clark Gable died in Los Angeles at age 59.

In 1961, House Speaker Samuel T. Rayburn died in Bonham, Texas, having served as speaker since 1940 except for two terms.

In 1966, Dr. Samuel H. Sheppard was acquitted in Cleveland at his second trial of murdering his pregnant wife, Marilyn, in 1954.

In 1981, actor William Holden was found dead in his apartment in Santa Monica, California; he was 63.

In 1982, an agreement was announced in the 57th day of a strike by National Football League players.

In 2004, President George W. Bush picked National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice to be his new secretary of state, succeeding Colin Powell.

In 1997, China’s most prominent pro-democracy campaigner, Wei Jingsheng, arrived in the United States after being released following nearly 18 years of imprisonment in his country.

In 2006, Democrats embraced Nancy Pelosi as the first woman House speaker in history, but then selected Steny Hoyer as majority leader against her wishes.

Ten years ago: President Barack Obama, on his first-ever trip to China, gave his hosts a pointed, unexpected nudge to stop censoring Internet access, but the message was not widely heard in China, where the president’s words were blocked online and shown on only one regional television channel. A U.S. government health task force suggested most women wait until age 50 to get mammograms, conflicting with the American Cancer Society’s advice to start at 40. Space shuttle Atlantis blasted off with six astronauts and a full load of spare parts for the International Space Station. Actor Edward Woodward, 79, died in Cornwall, England.

Lunar landing

Between full moon (Nov. 12) and last quarter moon (Nov. 19).

Sources: The Associated Press, Newspaper Enterprise Assn. and World Almanac Education Group

Five years ago: The Islamic State group released a video featuring a masked militant standing over the severed head of Peter Kassig (KAS’-ihg), a former U.S. soldier-turned-aid worker in Syria; President Barack Obama denounced the killing as one of “pure evil.” President Obama returned to Washington following the conclusion of the Group of 20 economic forum in Brisbane, Australia. Erica Enders-Stevens won the Auto Club NHRA Finals in Pomona, California, to become the first woman to earn the Pro Stock world championship title.

One year ago: A U.S. official said intelligence officials had concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. A federal judge ordered the Trump administration to immediately return the White House press credentials of CNN reporter Jim Acosta. A federal judge in Virginia ruled that John Hinckley Jr., who had tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan in 1981, could move out of his mother’s house and live on his own. Ten days after the election Democrat Stacey Abrams acknowledged that Republican Brian Kemp had won Georgia’s gubernatorial race; Abrams had hoped to make history as America’s first black woman governor.

Today in Sports

In 1957, the longest winning streak in college football history ended at 47 games, when the Notre Dame Fighting Irish upset the Oklahoma Sooners.

Today’s birthdays

Actor Clu Gulager is 91. Journalist Elizabeth Drew is 84. Blues musician W.C. Clark is 80. Actress Joanna Pettet is 77. Actor Steve Railsback is 74. Actor David Leisure is 69. Actor Miguel Sandoval is 68. Actress Marg Helgenberger is 61. Rock musician Mani is 57. Country singer-musician Keith Burns (Trick Pony) is 56. Former pro tennis player Zina Garrison is 56. Former MLB All-Star pitcher Dwight Gooden is 55. Jazz singer Diana Krall is 55. Actor Harry Lennix is 55. Rock musician Dave Kushner (Velvet Revolver) is 53. Actress Lisa Bonet is 52. Actress Tammy Lauren is 51. Rhythm-and-blues singer Bryan Abrams (Color Me Badd) is 50. Actress Martha Plimpton is 49. Actor Michael Irby is 47. Actress Missi Pyle is 47. Rock musician Corey McCormick (Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real) is 43. Olympic gold medal figure skater Oksana Baiul is 42. Actress Maggie Gyllenhaal is 42. Pop singer Trevor Penick is 40. Former NBA player Amare Stoudemire is 37. Actress Kimberly J. Brown is 35. Rock singer Siva Kaneswaran (The Wanted) is 31. Actor-comedian Pete Davidson (TV: “Saturday Night Live”) is 26. Actor Casey Moss is 26. Actor Noah Gray-Cabey is 24.

Quote of the day

“An American who can make money, invoke God, and be no better than his neighbor, has nothing to fear but truth itself.”

— Marya Mannes, American critic (1904-1990)

Fact of the day

The $10 bill is the U.S. currency with the shortest life span, lasting an average of 4.5 years in circulation.

Number of the day

800 — length (in miles) of the trans-Alaska pipeline system.

In 2001, Investigators found a letter addressed to Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., containing anthrax; it was the second letter bearing the deadly germ known to have been sent to Capitol Hill.


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