• On Nov. 14, 1851, “Moby- Dick,” a novel by Herman Melville about the voyage of the whaling ship Pequod, is published. “Moby-Dick” is now considered a great classic of American literature and contains one of the most famous opening lines in fiction: “Call me Ishmael.” Initially, though, the book about Captain Ahab and his quest for a giant white whale was a flop.
• On Nov. 15, 1867, the first stock ticker is unveiled in New York City, making up-to-theminute prices available to investors around the country. Prior to this, information from the New York Stock Exchange traveled by mail or messenger.
• On Nov., 17, 1925, Roy Harold Scherer – later known as Rock Hudson – is born in Winnetka, Ill. In the late 1940s and early 1950s, he frequently starred in action films and melodramas, including “The Iron Man” (1951). Hudson died of AIDS in 1985, at the age of 59.
• On Nov. 12, 1954, Ellis Island, the gateway to America, shuts its doors after processing more than 12 million immigrants since opening in 1892. Today, an estimated 40 percent of all Americans can trace their roots through Ellis Island.
• On Nov. 16, 1960, actor Clark Gable dies. Gable married actress Carole Lombard in 1939, the same year he won his greatest role, as Rhett Butler in “Gone With the Wind.” Gable joined the Air Force shortly after Lombard’s death, rose to the rank of major and won several medals.
• On Nov. 18, 1978, People’s Temple leader Jim Jones leads hundreds of his followers in a mass murder-suicide at their agricultural commune in remote northwestern Guyana. The final death toll was 913, including 276 children.
• On Nov. 13, 1982, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is dedicated in Washington. The longawaited memorial was a simple V-shaped black-granite wall inscribed with the names of the 57,939 Americans who died in the conflict, arranged in order of death, not rank, as was common in other memorials.
(c) 2007 King Features Synd., Inc.