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The north

10 years ago

Nov. 25, 2002: Starting Dec. 1, a new state law requires that all new or sold homes in the state have an operable carbon monoxide detector. Gov. George E. Pataki signed the law, authored by Assemblyman Joseph D. Morelle, D-Irondequoit, on July 30. It requires that all single- or two-family houses or condominiums built or sold after Nov. 30 be equipped with the safety devices.

25 years ago

Nov. 25, 1987: City Hall has a Christmas present for the city of Watertown: a new bridge crossing over the Black River alongside the Pearl Street bridge, which closed abruptly Oct. 22 and can’t be repaired until summer. City officials now say a $265,000 portable bridge can be assembled in place by Dec. 26.

50 years ago

Nov. 25, 1962: The holiday season was officially opened Sunday evening in Watertown when Mayor William G. Lachenauer turned on the Christmas decorations on Public Square at the annual tree-lighting service as a crowd of 300, mostly adults, watched. New this year is a whirling 10-point star that is activated by the wind.

75 years ago

Nov. 25, 1937: Thanksgiving holiday traffic on trains, buses and highways in this section was reaching today the highest point since Labor Day, according to official calculations made this morning. Travelers thronged the New York Central terminal today and the peak of the rush was to expected to be reached until tonight.

100 years ago

Nov. 25, 1912: A rumor became current throughout the city today to the effect that the International Paper Co. has purchased 480,000 bricks that will be used on the new sulphite mill the company plans to erect next spring at Glen Park.

125 years ago

Nov. 25, 1887: There will be an auction sale of cows and calves at the City hotel, Watertown, Saturday next, in the afternoon.

150 years ago

Nov. 25, 1862: We are pained to hear of the death of Lt. Randolph Knight, late of Brownville, who died recently at Washington. He was a noble young man, respected by all who knew him. The grief of his afflicted parents is assuaged by the reflection that his life was given to his country. He was a lieutenant in Capt. Middleton’s company.

The world

Today is Sunday, Nov. 25, the 330th day of 2012. There are 36 days left in the year.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On Nov. 25, 1952, the play “The Mousetrap,” a murder mystery by Agatha Christie, first opened in London’s West End; it is the longest continuously running show in history.

On this date:

In 1940, the cartoon character Woody Woodpecker made his debut.

In 1963, the body of President John F. Kennedy was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery.

In 1999, 5-year-old Elian Gonzalez was rescued by a pair of sport fishermen off the coast of Florida, setting off an international custody battle.

Ten years ago: President George W. Bush signed legislation creating the Department of Homeland Security, and appointed Tom Ridge as its head.

Five years ago: Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif returned from exile to an ecstatic welcome from thousands of supporters and immediately stepped up the pressure on U.S.-backed military ruler Pervez Musharraf to end emergency rule. Kevin Dubrow, lead singer for the heavy metal band Quiet Riot, was found dead in a Las Vegas home; he was 52.

One year ago: In a friendly-fire incident that further strained relations between the United States and Pakistan, U.S. forces launched airstrikes that mistakenly killed 24 Pakistani troops at two posts along the Afghan border.

Today’s Birthdays: Actress Kathryn Crosby is 79. Author, actor and economist Ben Stein is 68. Actor John Larroquette is 65. Actor Tracey Walter is 65. Dance judge Bruno Tonioli (“Dancing with the Stars”) is 57. Singer Amy Grant is 52. Former NFL quarterback Bernie Kosar is 49. Actor Billy Burke is 46. Actress Jill Hennessy is 43. Actress Christina Applegate is 41. NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb is 36. Former first daughters Barbara Bush and Jenna Bush Hager are 31. Actress Katie Cassidy is 26. Contemporary Christian singer Jamie Grace is 21.

Thought for Today: “Reject hatred without hating.” — Mary Baker Eddy, American religious leader (1821-1910).

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