Monday, November 12, 2012
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On November 12 in

1787 Severe flooding struck Dublin, Ireland, as the River Liffey rose.

1918 The short-lived Republic of German-Austria was declared.

1927 Josef Stalin became the undisputed ruler of the Soviet Union as Leon Trotsky was expelled from the Communist Party.

1936 The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge opened as President Franklin D. Roosevelt pressed a telegraph key in Washington, D.C., giving the green light to traffic.

1948 Former Japanese premier Hideki Tojo and several other World War II Japanese leaders were sentenced to death by a war crimes tribunal.

1969 News of the My Lai Massacre in South Vietnam in March 1968 was broken by investigative reporter Seymour Hersh.

1977 The city of New Orleans elected its first black mayor, Ernest "Dutch" Morial, the winner of a runoff.

1990 Japanese Emperor Akihito formally assumed the Chrysanthemum Throne.

In The Star

Nov. 12, 1937, in The Star: Tonight will bring to a close the four-day “open house” program at the Anniston office of the Southern Bell Telephone Co. The total attendance during the first three days has been 2,511, many of whom had never seen the switchboard of the local exchange. Also this date: The Georgia Tech – Alabama football game tomorrow is expected to draw quite a crowd from the Atlanta region over to Birmingham, so Anniston civic leaders have organized a visible welcome for the motorcade of fans expected to pass through the city. A special sign will remind GT fans that an Anniston youth, Bill Jordan, plays on their team’s squad.

Nov. 12, 1987, in The Star: More than 100 friends and relatives of Frank Talley met recently and raised $350 to put into a saving account to draw interest for the upkeep of Pine Grove cemetery in Wellborn. They hope to transform the cemetery, believed to be more than 150 years old, from an eyesore of litter and weeds and vandalized stones into a peaceful and attractive resting place. “It just needed someone to get things started,” says Sybil Kirby, owner of Pine Grove. The Kirby family has owned the cemetery, which once was well kept, for much of this century.

Birthdays of Monday, Nov. 12:

Actor-playwright Wallace Shawn is 69.
Singer Brian Hyland is 69.
Rhythm-and-blues singer Jimmy Hayes (Persuasions) is 69.
Rock musician Booker T.
Jones (Booker T.
& the MGs) is 68.
Sportscaster Al Michaels is 68.
Singer-songwriter Neil Young is 67.
Actress Megan Mullally is 54.
Olympic gold medal gymnast Nadia Comaneci is 51.
Actor Sam Lloyd is 49.
Rock musician David Ellefson is 48.
Former MLB player Sammy Sosa is 44.
Actress Ashley Williams is 34.
Actress Cote de Pablo is 33.
Actor Ryan Gosling is 32.
Actress Anne Hathaway is 30.

TV listings

90210, 7 p.m. on CW: Adrianna (Jessica Lowndes) confesses to Annie (Shenae Grimes) that she and Dixon (Tristan Wilds) are having issues with intimacy. Annie's blossoming relationship with Colin (Rob Mayes) worries Riley (Riley Smith), who suspects Colin isn't what he seems in this new episode.

How I Met Your Mother, 7 p.m. on CBS: Barney (Neil Patrick Harris) decides to take action when Robin (Cobie Smulders) wants to break up with Nick (Michael Trucco) but finds something holding her back in this new episode.

2 Broke Girls, 8 p.m. on CBS: A handsome fellow who owns a candy store is sweet on Caroline (Beth Behrs), but after an embarrassing experience at his store, she's apprehensive about dating him in this new episode.

American Pickers, 8 p.m. on History Channel: In this new episode, Mike and Frank find a rare comic book in a Pennsylvania warehouse. Frank tries to make a deal with a reluctant seller for an old cigarette machine. An old house in South Carolina piques the guys' interest, but they'll have to get past Pearl, the resident ghost, in "Picking Superheroes."

I Love the 1880's, 10:02 p.m. on History Channel: Why should VH1 and its "I Love the (Insert Decade Here)" shows have all the fun? This new series puts a historic twist on the concept, taking viewers back to the 19th century for a humorous spin on the era, courtesy of various comedians. Past events are compared to current headlines, proving that the more things change, the more they stay the same.

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