On Nov. 13, 2001, Afghanistan’s ruling Taliban abandoned the capital Kabul without a fight, allowing U.S.-backed northern alliance fighters to take over the city.
1856- Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis was born in Louisville, Ky.
1927- The Holland Tunnel linking New York City and New Jersey beneath the Hudson River opened to the public.
1956- The Supreme Court struck down laws calling for racial segregation on public buses.
1974- Karen Silkwood, a technician and union activist at the Kerr-McGee Cimarron plutonium plant near Crescent, Okla., was killed in a car crash.
1982- The Vietnam Veterans Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C.
1997- The Disney musical “The Lion King” opened on Broadway.
1998- President Bill Clinton agreed to pay Paula Jones $850,000 to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit.
2002- Saddam Hussein’s government agreed to the return of international weapons inspectors to Iraq.
2003- Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore was thrown off the bench by a judicial ethics panel after refusing to remove a granite Ten Commandments monument from the state courthouse.
2009- Attorney General Eric Holder announced plans to try professed 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four others in civilian court in New York City. (The Obama administration later backed off the plan.)
Comedian-talk show host Jimmy Kimmel (“Jimmy Kimmel Live”) turns 48 years old today.
Peter Arnett Journalist 81
Garry Marshall Producer, director 81
Joe Mantegna Actor 68
Frances Conroy Actress (“Six Feet Under”) 62
Whoopi Goldberg Actress, talk show host (“The View”) 60
Vinny Testaverde Football player 52
Gerard Butler Actor 46
Actor Chris Noth turns 61 years old today.