Today In History

Today is Monday, Nov. 14, the 319th day of 2016. There are 47 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight

On Nov. 14, 1851, Herman Melville’s novel “Moby-Dick; Or, The Whale” was published in the United States, almost a month after being released in Britain.

On this date

In 1889, inspired by the Jules Verne novel “Around the World in Eighty Days,” New York World reporter Nellie Bly (Elizabeth Cochrane) set out to make the trip in less time than the fictional Phileas Fogg. (She completed the journey in 72 days.).

In 1965, the U.S. Army’s first major military operation of the Vietnam War began with the start of the five-day Battle of Ia Drang. (The fighting between American troops and North Vietnamese forces ended on Nov. 18 with both sides claiming victory.)

Thought for Today

“I never gave away anything without wishing I had kept it; nor kept anything without wishing I had given it away.” — Louise Brooks, American actress (born this date in 1906, died 1985)