Today In History...
In 1863 A patent is granted for the process of making color photographs.
In 1919 The first play-by-play football game broadcast in the UnitedStates. Texas A&M defeated the University of Texas, 7-0.
In 1936 The first edition of "Life Magazine" created by Henry R. Luce is published.
In 1942 The world record for survival at sea is set when Poon Lim is rescued 133 days after being blown off a torpedoed ship.
In 1943 U.S. forces seize control of Tarawa and Makin from the Japanese during the Central Pacific offensive in the Gilbert Islands during World War II.
In 1945 Most wartime rationing of foods ends in the United States.
In 1948 F.G. Back patents the zoom lens effect.
In 1963 President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaims November 25th, an international day of mourning following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
In 1963 "Dr. Who" premieres on British television.
In 1971 People's Republic of China is seated in the U.N. Security Council.
In 1980 A 7.2 earthquake claims nearly 4800 lives in southern Italy.
In 1983 A Soviet delegation walks out of superpower talks on reducing medium-range nuclear weapons in Europe.
In 1984 The non-stop Yo-Yo record is set at 120 hours.
In 1984 A Soviet tourist, Vasily Yakovlevich Matuzok, suddenly defected while inside Korea's Demilitarized Zone, sparking a shootout between the two sides that left three North Koreans and one South Korean soldier dead.
In 1985 Miami elects its first mayor of Cuban extraction, Xavier Suarez.
In 1985 Retired CIA analyst Larry Wu-tai Chin is arrested and accused of spying for China. He committed suicide a year after his conviction.
In 1987 Two days after a riot by Cuban inmates erupted at a detention center in Oakdale, LA, Cuban detainees at a federal prison in Atlanta also rioted and seized hostages.
In 1988 President-elect Bush announces Brent Scowcroft will be his national security adviser.
In 1989 Lucia Barrera de Cerna, a housekeeper who said she'd witnessed the slaying of six Jesuit priests and two other people at the Jose Simeon Canas University in El Salvador, is flown to the U.S. under heavy security.
In 1990 President Bush confers with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Cairo and Syrian President Hafez Assad in Geneva, seeking Arab support for his drive to expel Iraqi troops from Kuwait.
In 1991 Yugoslavia's rival leaders agree to a new cease-fire, the 14th of the Balkin Civil War.
In 1992 In Germany, three Turks are killed when rightist militants firebombed their homes in Moelln.
In 1993 President Clinton signs legislation lifting remaining U.S.sanctions against South Africa.
In 1994 NATO warplanes fire on Serb missile batteries in two air raids while Bosnian Serb fighters, for the first time, broke into the U.N.-designated safe haven of Bihac.
In 1995 Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic accepts the U.S.-backed peace plan for the former Yugoslavia after meeting with Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic.
In 1995 Film director Louis Malle dies in Beverly Hills, CA, at age 63.
In 1996 An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 767 cartwheels into the waves off Comoros Islands, killing 123, after hijackers struggle for controls even as one engine and then the other run dry and stop.
In 1996 An Amtrak passenger train derails, jackknifes and plows into a swamp, injuring 44 people, about six miles west of New York City.
In 1996 Russian President Yeltsin orders the last Russian troops out of breakaway republic Chechnya.
In 1997 Iowa septuplet mom Bobbi McCaughey leaves the hospital and returned home while her seven babies stayed behind in intensive care.
In 1997 Artillery shells fired by Lebanese guerrillas accidentally strike a village near the Israeli border, killing eight Lebanese.
In 1998 The tobacco industry signs the biggest U.S. civil settlement, a$206 billion deal to resolve remaining state claims for treating sick smokers.
In 1998 A federal judge rejects as unconstitutional a Virginia county's effort to block pornography on library computer.
In 1998 Whitewater figure Susan McDougal is acquitted in Santa Monica, CA, of embezzling from conductor Zubin Mehta and his wife.
In 1999 Defense Secretary William Cohen calls for a military-wide review of conduct after a Pentagon study said up to 75% of blacks and other minorities reported experiencing racially offensive behavior.
In 2002 Miss World organizers move the pageant from Abuja, Nigeria, to London after 100 people died in violence triggered by a newspaper's suggestion that prophet Muhammad would have liked the event.
In 2003 Five U.S. soldiers are killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan.
In 2004 Dan Rather announces he would step down as principal anchorman of "The CBS Evening News" in March, 2005.