Today is Monday, Nov. 26, the 330th day of 2007. There are 35 days left in the year.
Highlight in History: Today in 1607 is believed to be the birthdate of London-born clergyman John Harvard, the principal benefactor of the original Harvard College in Cambridge, Mass.
The Valley Then: In 1968, a capacity crowd attended the first of three Wilkes-Barre city budget meetings.
On this date: In 1825, the first college social fraternity, Kappa Alpha, was formed at Union College in Schenectady, N.Y.
In 1832, public streetcar service began in New York City. The fare: 12 1/2 cents.
In 1933, a judge in New York ruled the James Joyce book “Ulysses” was not obscene and could therefore be published in the United States.
In 1942, President Roosevelt ordered nationwide gasoline rationing, beginning Dec. 1.
In 1943, during World War II, the HMT Rohna, a British transport ship carrying American soldiers, was hit by a German missile off Algeria; 1,138 men were killed.
In 1949, India adopted a constitution as a republic within the British Commonwealth.
In 1950, China entered the Korean War, launching a counteroffensive against soldiers from the United Nations, the United States and South Korea.
In 1965, France launched its first satellite, sending a 92-pound capsule into orbit.
In 1973, President Nixon’s personal secretary, Rose Mary Woods, told a federal court that she had accidentally caused part of the 18 1/2-minute gap in a key Watergate tape.
In 1986, President Ronald Reagan appointed a commission headed by former Sen. John Tower to investigate his National Security Council staff in the wake of the Iran-Contra affair.
Ten years ago: Under heavy international pressure, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein said he would allow visits to presidential palaces where U.N. weapons experts suspected he might be hiding chemical and biological weapons. In a small but symbolic step, the United States and North Korea held high-level discussions at the State Department for the first time.
Five years ago: WorldCom and the government settled a civil lawsuit over the company’s $9 billion accounting scandal. A United Nations report said that for the first time in the 20-year history of the AIDS epidemic, about as many women as men were infected with HIV.
One year ago: In New York City, an angry crowd demanded to know why police officers killed Sean Bell, an unarmed man, on the day of his wedding by firing dozens of shots that also wounded two of Bell’s friends. In Turkey, tens of thousands of protesters denounced Pope Benedict XVI as an enemy of Islam two days before the pontiff’s scheduled visit. Rafael Correa won Ecuador’s presidential runoff.