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Today is Friday, Nov. 25, the 330th day of 2016. There are 36 days left in the year.

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1915: A new version of the Ku Klux Klan, targeting blacks, Jews, Catholics and immigrants, is founded by William Joseph Simmons, who proclaims himself Imperial Wizard as he stages a cross-burning on Stone Mountain outside Atlanta.

1920: Radio station WTAW of College Station, Texas, broadcasts 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.)

1940: The cartoon character Woody Woodpecker debuts in the animated short “Knock Knock” produced by Walter Lantz.

1963: The body of President John F. Kennedy is laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery; his widow, Jacqueline, lights an “eternal flame” at the gravesite.

2002: President George W. Bush signs legislation creating the Department of Homeland Security, and appoints Tom Ridge to be its head.

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1991: Phar-Mor Inc. had estimated sales of $2.5 billion in its latest fiscal year, making it the largest privately held company in Youngstown and the 49th in the nation, according to Forbes Magazine. The Edward J. DeBartolo Co. was ranked 99th by the magazine.

Demolition debris being used to fill the former Yankee Lake is smoldering two days after a fire erupted, and Fire Chief Keith Barrett says it could smolder for days.

Mahoning Valley doctors say the Northeast Ohio influenza epidemic is the earliest in recent memory, but it is still not too late to get a flu shot.

1976: Poling and Bacon Construction Inc. of North Lima is awarded a $3 million contract to install jet-fueling facilities at the Greater Pittsburgh Airport.

The Youngstown Board of Control approves a contract allowing General Motors Corp. to drill for natural gas and oil on city-owned land at Lake Milton.

A reunion is held at the Polish Legion American Veterans Hall in Youngstown by 20 men who were hired as city policemen 25 years ago, when the work week for police officers was reduced from 48 to 40 hours, which necessitated the hiring of a large number of rookies.

1966: Larry Lissimore, 13, is in fair condition in South Side Hospital with wounds of both legs suffered when a shotgun held by an older brother discharged at their Austintown home.

The $30 million completion of Interstate 80, the Ohio connection to the Pennsylvania Shortway, is not expected to be delayed by President Johnson’s order for a 17.5 percent cut in the federal highway program.

The Pittsburgh & Lake Erie Railroad is seeking to drop the last two of its once-numerous Youngstown to Pittsburgh passenger trains.

1941: The Youngstown Players purchase the Ohio Theater structure in Market Street from the city board of control for $8,000. The city paid $39,000 for it as part of the Market Street widening project.

George Burks, an 18-year-old typewriter repairman, is credited with saving a 72-year-old man by pulling him from the Mahoning River after the man leapt from the Market Street Bridge.

A contract involving more than $2 million for spring rammers, a mechanism that loads shells and high explosives into big guns, is awarded by the War Department to Aetna-Standard Engineering Co.

Despite a lack of beer and malt tax receipts, the Mahoning County Relief Administration will end 1941 with a small balance, says Auditor George W. Jones.

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