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Five Things to Start Your Day: Nov. 28

A few facts, figures and tidbits to start your Wednesday.

1. FORECAST:

Wednesday: Some patchy light snow/flurries along the coast before 8am, then clearing skies throughout the day. Highs near 40.

Thursday: Partly sunny. Temps in the mid 40s.

Friday: Sunny, windy & cold. Temps only in the upper 30s!

2. DINNER WITH SOME JAZZ: Enjoy live music while dining at Paani Pure Indian Cuisine. Jeremy Bernstein and Elliot Berman entertain with jazz music every Wednesday from 6-8:30 p.m.

3. MT. CALVARY COMMUNITY SUPPER: All are welcome to come for a tasty dinner and meet with friends, free of charge at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Churchat 472 Mass Ave. (Rt. 111) at Prospect Street in Acton.

4. WHAT TO CELEBRATE TODAY: Today is Red Planet Day. The planet Mars is referred to as the "Red Planet" because it appears red in color. Red Planet Day honors our celestial neighbor, the fourth planet in the solar system. Is Mars truly red in color? Scientists debated this question, even after the Mars Rovers landed and began to explore the planet. Why? Because the lenses used to take photos are tinted. On Red Planet Day, take a few minutes to look upwards into the sky, and gaze at our neighbor. Hopefully, you will have a cloudless night sky for viewing.

5. THIS DAY IN HISTORY: 1520 — Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan passed through the strait which bears his name to the Pacific ocean; 1919 — American-born Lady Astor became the first woman to take a seat on the British Parliament; 1942 — Almost 500 people died in the Coconut Grove nightclub fire in Boston; 1943 — Churchill, Roosevelt, and Stalin met in Tehran for their first meeting during World War II; 1964 — The U.S. spacecraft Mariner 4 launched—on its way to the first successful mission to Mars; 1990 — Margaret Thatcher resigned as prime minister of Great Britain; John Major took over.

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