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Moments in time

 

• On Nov. 15, 1867, the first stock ticker is unveiled in New York City. The ticker revolutionized the stock market by making up-to-the-minute prices available to investors. Previously, the information traveled by mail or messenger.

• On Nov. 11, 1942, Congress approves lowering the draft age to 18 and raising the upper limit to age 37. In 1940, Congress had imposed the first peacetime draft in U.S. history for men between the ages of 21 and 36. But with the United States fighting in World War II, the draft ages had to be expanded.

• On Nov. 12, 1954, Ellis Island, the gateway to America, shuts its doors after processing more than 12 million immigrants since opening in 1892. Following World War I, Congress passed quota laws, which sharply reduced the number of newcomers.

• On Nov. 17, 1968, the Oakland Raiders score two touchdowns in nine seconds to beat the New York Jets — and no one sees it. With just 65 seconds left to play, NBC had switched to its previously scheduled programming — the children’s movie “Heidi.”

• On Nov. 14, 1985, a volcano erupts in Colombia, killing over 20,000 people as nearby towns are buried in mud, ice and lava. Few people evacuated after radio reports instructed residents to stay in their homes.

• On Nov. 16, 1999, construction begins on the massive annual bonfire at Texas A&M University. Two days later, the 59-foot-high lumber structure snapped, with scores of students caught on the huge log pile. Twelve people were killed, and 27 were injured.

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