Today is Monday, Nov. 13, the 317th day of 2017. There are 48 days left in the year.
On Nov. 13, 1977, the satirical comic strip "Li'l Abner" by Al Capp appeared in newspapers for the last time.
In 1789, Benjamin Franklin wrote in a letter to a friend, Jean-Baptiste Leroy: "In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes."
In 1909, 259 men and boys were killed when fire erupted inside a coal mine in Cherry, Illinois.
In 1927, the Holland Tunnel opened to the public, providing access between lower Manhattan and New Jersey beneath the Hudson River.
In 1937, the NBC Symphony Orchestra, formed exclusively for radio broadcasting, made its debut.
In 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a measure lowering the minimum draft age from 21 to 18.
In 1956, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a lower court ruling (Browder v. Gayle) that struck down laws calling for racial segregation on public city and state buses.
In 1969, speaking in Des Moines, Iowa, Vice President Spiro T. Agnew accused network television news departments of bias and distortion, and urged viewers to lodge complaints.
In 1974, Karen Silkwood, a 28-year-old technician and union activist at the Kerr-McGee Cimarron plutonium plant near Crescent, Oklahoma, died in a car crash while on her way to meet a reporter.
In 1985, 23,000 residents of Armero, Colombia, died when a volcanic mudslide buried the city.
In 1994, Sweden voted in a non-binding referendum to join the European Union.
In 2015, Islamic State militants carried out a set of coordinated attacks in Paris on the national stadium, restaurants and streets, and a crowded concert hall, killing 130 people in the worst attack on French soil since World War II.
One year ago: President-elect Donald Trump named Republican Party chief Reince Priebus as White House chief of staff and media executive Stephen Bannon as his top presidential strategist. Leon Russell, who performed, sang and produced some of rock 'n' roll's top records, died in Nashville at age 74.
Birthdays: Journalist-author Peter Arnett is 83. Country singer-songwriter Ray Wylie Hubbard is 71. Actor Joe Mantegna is 70. Musician Andrew Ranken (The Pogues) is 64. Actor Chris Noth is 63. Whoopi Goldberg is 62. Quarterback Vinny Testaverde is 54. Jimmy Kimmel is 50.
Thought for Today: "What is politics but persuading the public to vote for this and support that and endure these for the promise of those?" -- Gilbert Highet, Scottish-born American author and educator (1906-1978).