Today In History

Top: President Abraham Lincoln (circled) speaking at the dedication of Soldiers National Cemetery on the battlefield at Gettysburg, Pa., November 19, 1863. Bottom: A longer view of the scene on ground still marked by evidences of the bloody battle four months earlier. The photo at top is an enlargement of the marked off rectangular area. It is believed this may be the only photo of Lincoln at the dedication where he made the four minute speech which was to become a world classic. It was found in 1953 in the National Archives in Washington where it had gone unnoticed. (AP Photo)
Top: President Abraham Lincoln (circled) speaking at the dedication of Soldiers National Cemetery on the battlefield at Gettysburg, Pa., November 19, 1863. Bottom: A longer view of the scene on ground still marked by evidences of the bloody battle four months earlier. The photo at top is an enlargement of the marked off rectangular area. It is believed this may be the only photo of Lincoln at the dedication where he made the four minute speech which was to become a world classic. It was found in 1953 in the National Archives in Washington where it had gone unnoticed. (AP Photo)

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On Nov. 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address as he dedicated a national cemetery at the site of the Civil War battlefield in Pennsylvania. (At right is the only known photograph of Lincoln, circled, at Gettysburg.)
1831- James A. Garfield, the 20th president of the United States, was born in Orange, Ohio.
1917- Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was born in Allahabad.
1919- The Senate rejected the Treaty of Versailles.
1942- Russian forces launched a winter offensive against the Germans along the Don front during World War II.
1959- Ford Motor Co. announced it was halting production of the unpopular Edsel.
1969- Apollo 12 astronauts Charles “Pete” Conrad and Alan Bean made man’s second landing on the moon.
1977- Egyptian President Anwar Sadat became the first Arab leader to visit Israel.
1985- President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev met for the first time as they began a summit in Geneva.
1990- The pop duo Milli Vanilli was stripped of its Grammy Award after it was revealed that neither performer sang on the group’s records.
1998- Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr laid out his evidence against President Bill Clinton during a daylong appearance before the House Judiciary Committee.
2001- President George W. Bush signed legislation to put airport baggage screeners on the federal payroll.
2001- Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants became the first baseball player to win four Most Valuable Player awards.
2006- The Wii, the Nintendo Co.’s game console, first went on sale.
2007- Amazon.com Inc. introduced the Kindle, an electronic book-reading device.

Today’s Birthdays:
Actress Jodie Foster turns 53 years old today.
Alan Young, Actor (“Mister Ed”), 96
Larry King, Talk show host, 82
Dick Cavett, Talk show host, 79
Ted Turner, Broadcasting and sports mogul, 77
Tom Harkin, U.S. senator, D-Iowa, 76
Tommy Thompson, Former cabinet member, Wisconsin governor, 74
Calvin Klein, Fashion designer, 73
Ahmad Rashad, Football player, sportscaster, 66
Glynnis O’Connor, Actress, 60
Allison Janney, Actress (“The West Wing”), 56
Meg Ryan, Actress, 54
Rocco DiSpirito, TV chef, 49
Sandrine Holt, Actress, 43
Ryan Howard, Baseball player, 36
Adam Driver, Actor (“Girls”), 32
Broadcast journalist Ann Curry (“Today”) turns 59 years old today.

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