Today's Almanac

Millions of Chinese-made toys for children have been pulled from shelves in North America and Australia after scientists found they contain a chemical that converts into a powerful date rape drug when ingested. Orders for the toys have skyrocketed in San Fransisco.

The heads of GM, Ford, and Chrysler continue their push for a $25 billion lifeline as they return today totestify before Congress. They point out that Christmas is on the way and their union employees are due for their annual year-end bonus.

Auto executives told a Senate panel yesterday and will tell a House committee today that if their companies fail, otherbusinesses will also be pulled under, including such things as restaurants with drive-thrus and pay-to-park lots.

Members of Congress hoping to funnel $25 billion to the auto industry are working behind the scenes to winsupport. The heads of General Motors and Chrysler say they’re willing to slash their salaries to $1. Congressmen, however, declined to match that offer.

A bit of good economic news is expected this morning on inflation, former president Bill Clinton says his dolls are still holding their air.

Backers of a proposed “no bully” high school in Chicago have pulled their proposal for more study. The action occurred after opponents took the committee’s lunch money and threatened to kick their asses.

America’s first black president will apparently have America’s first black attorney general. Barack Obama is ready to name Eric Holder, a former deputy attorney general, to the top job. Now if he can only get the country in the black.

In McAllen, Texas, four illegal immigrants were found in the back of a Wal-Mart truck, and the driver and two alleged accomplices were accused of trying to smuggle them through a Border Patrol checkpoint. Company officials said they had been scheduled to be put “on special” at one of their outlets as “agricultural equipment.”


1789 – New Jersey becomes the first U.S. state to ratify the Bill of Rights.

1861 – Secession ordinance is filed by Kentucky’s Confederate government.

1910 – Mexican Revolution: Francisco I. Madero issues the Plan de San Luis Potosi, denouncing President Porfirio Díaz, calling for a revolution to overthrow the government of Mexico, effectively starting the Mexican Revolution

1917 – World War I: Battle of Cambrai begins – British forces make early progress in an attack on German positions but are later pushed back.

1943 – World War II: Battle of Tarawa (Operation Galvanic) begins – United States Marines land on Tarawa Atoll in the Gilbert Islands and suffer heavy fire from Japanese shore guns and machine guns

1962 – Cuban Missile Crisis ends: In response to the Soviet Union agreeing to remove its missiles from Cuba, U.S. President John F. Kennedy ends the quarantine of the Caribbean nation.

1968 – Vietnam War: Eleven men comprising a Long Range Patrol team from F Company, 58th Infantry, 101st Airborne are surrounded and nearly wiped out by North Vietnamese army regulars from the 4th and 5th Regiment. The seven wounded survivors are rescued after several hours by an impromptu force made of other men from their unit.

birthdays NOV 20

1620 – Peregrine White, first English child born in the Plymouth Colony (d. 1704)