Today in History for November 14th

Highlights of this day in history: Nazi Germany bombs English town of Coventry during World War II; 'Moby-Dick' published; Nellie Bly begins globe-trotting trek; Leonard Bernstein makes conducting debut; Composer Aaron Copland born. (Nov. 14)

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CAMILLE BOHANNON: - November 14, 1940. One of the most devastating bombing raids during World War II. Hundreds of Nazi Germany's war planes destroy most of the English town of Coventry. 1851.

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CAMILLE BOHANNON: - Herman Melville's novel, "Moby Dick", the tale about the pursuit of the great white whale, is published. 1889, inspired by author Jules Verne, Nellie Bly sets out to travel around the world in less than 80 days. Bly, a reporter for "The New York World", succeeds, making the trip in 72 days. 1943.

- Leonard Bernstein has come out on the platform and will presently lead the Philharmonic Symphony in our national anthem.

CAMILLE BOHANNON: - Leonard Bernstein makes his conducting debut with the New York Philharmonic. The 25-year-old assistant conductor fills in for the ailing Bruno Walter, during a nationally broadcast concert. And 1900--

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CAMILLE BOHANNON: Aaron Copland, one of America's leading composers of the 20th century, is born in New York City. Today in history, November 14th, Camille Bohannon. The Associated Press.