Today is Saturday, Nov. 25, the 329th day of 2017. There are 36 days left in the year.
On Nov. 25, 2016, Fidel Castro, who led his rebels to victorious revolution in 1959, embraced Soviet-style communism and defied the power of 10 U.S. presidents during his half-century of rule in Cuba, died at age 90.
In 1783, the British evacuated New York during the Revolutionary War.
In 1864, during the Civil War, Confederate agents set a series of arson fires in New York; the blazes were quickly extinguished.
In 1915, a new version of the Ku Klux Klan, targeting blacks, Jews, Catholics and immigrants, was founded by William Joseph Simmons.
In 1920, radio station WTAW of College Station, Texas, broadcast the first play-by-play description of a football game, between Texas University and the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas. Texas won, 7-3. (The first national radio broadcast of an NFL game was the Detroit Lions-Chicago Bears Thanksgiving Day game in 1934.)
In 1947, movie studio executives meeting in New York agreed to blacklist the "Hollywood Ten" who'd been cited for contempt of Congress the day before.
In 1957, President Dwight D. Eisenhower suffered a stroke.
In 1963, the body of President John F. Kennedy was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery; his widow, Jacqueline, lighted an "eternal flame" at the gravesite.
In 1987, Harold Washington, the first black mayor of Chicago, died in office at age 65.
In 1999, Elian Gonzalez, a 5-year-old Cuban boy, was rescued by a pair of sport fishermen off the coast of Florida, setting off an international custody battle.
In 2002, President George W. Bush signed legislation creating the Department of Homeland Security, and appointed Tom Ridge to be its head.
Birthdays: Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Joe Gibbs is 77.Author, actor and economist Ben Stein is 73. Actor John Larroquette is 70. Retired MLB All-Star Bucky Dent is 66. Singer Amy Grant is 57. Former NFL quarterback Bernie Kosar is 54. Actress Jill Hennessy is 48. Actress Christina Applegate is 46. Former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb is 41. Former first daughters and twin-sisters Barbara Pierce Bush and Jenna Bush Hager are 36.
Thought for Today: "Self is the only prison that can ever bind the soul." -- Henry van Dyke, American clergyman (1852-1933).