Almanac: November 19, 2012
by Bill Edwards (Compiled)
Assistant Metro Editor
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Birthdays of Monday, Nov. 19

Actor Alan Young is 93.
Talk show host Larry King is 79.
Talk show host Dick Cavett is 76.
Broadcasting and sports mogul Ted Turner is 74.
TV journalist Garrick Utley is 73.
Actor Dan Haggerty is 71.
Fashion designer Calvin Klein is 70.
Sportscaster Ahmad Rashad is 63.
Actor Robert Beltran is 59.
Broadcast journalist Ann Curry is 56.
Actress Meg Ryan is 51.
Actress-director Jodie Foster is 50.
Olympic gold medal runner Gail Devers is 46.
Country singer Billy Currington is 39.
Dancer-choreographer Savion Glover is 39.
Country musician Chad Jeffers is 37.

On November 19 in

President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address as he dedicated a national cemetery at the site of the Civil War battlefield in Pennsylvania.

1887 American poet Emma Lazarus, who'd written "The New Colossus" to help raise money for the Statue of Liberty's pedestal, died in New York at age 38.

1919 The Senate rejected the Treaty of Versailles by a vote of 55 in favor, 39 against, short of the two-thirds majority needed for ratification.

1959 Ford Motor Co. announced it was halting production of the unpopular Edsel.

1969 Apollo 12 astronauts Charles Conrad and Alan Bean made the second manned 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 their summit in Geneva.

In The Star

Nov. 19, 1937, in The Star:
“Nerves were keyed sharply last night when the biggest pep rally in A. H. S. history was held at Johnston Field around a bonfire that also was the biggest ever. A. H. S. is not a bonfire school, usually being able to do without such, but today is the day of days. Tonight is expected to give the game of games.” Despite such a stirring description of the tense yet festive atmosphere surrounding the imminent game against Gadsden, it was all for nought, at least for the night: A later story on the sports page describes how the game — the keenest rivalry the Bulldogs have all season — is being postponed until Tuesday due to the arrival of bad weather. That goes for the associated parades, too. (As best as can be determined from a front-page report, that bad weather consisted mainly of cold in the 20s. Rain had fallen earlier, so perhaps people were fearing icy roads.)

Nov. 19, 1987, in The Star: Freddy Wysner, a Calhoun County welder, will be honored this weekend by the Alabama Association of Rescue Squads as its Citizen of the Year. The award recognizes the most outstanding service provided by a non-rescue worker at the scene of an emergency. Jimmy Langley of the Oxford Rescue Squad, which nominated Wysner, commended him for staying at the side of a woman severely injured at the scene of an accident on U.S. 78 and keeping her conversational, which prevented her from going into a possibly fatal shock. The accident occurred June 14 on a rain-slick roadway. Interestingly, Wysner, 36, of the Old Davistown community, had been injured in a life-threatening accident himself in 1973 — a time when he was a rescue worker himself.
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