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1620 The Mayflower Compact was signed.
1623 Philippe de Mornay, French Huguenot statesman, died.
1647 Massachusetts passed the first U.S. compulsory school attendance law.
1733 Revolutionary War General Philip Schuyler was born.
1744 Abigail Smith, wife of President John Adams, was born.
1748 King Charles IV of Spain was born.
1811 Ben McCulloch, Texas pioneer and Confederate General, was born.
1821 Novelist Fyodor M. Dostoevsky was born.
1831 Nat Turner was executed for leading a slave revolt in Virginia.
Victor Emmanuel III of Italy was born.
1872 Actress Maude Adams was born.
1880 Abolitionist Lucretia Coffin Mott died.
1882 King Gustaf VI Adolf of Sweden was born.
1885 U.S. General George S. Patton was born.
1889 Washington became the 42nd state.
1904 Alger Hiss, accused Communist and spy, was born.
1915 U.S. Senator William Proxmire was born.
1918 World War I officially ended.
1921 President Warren G. Harding dedicated the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetery.
1922 Novelist Kurt Vonnegut was born.
1925 Comedian Jonathan Winters was born.
1926 U.S. Route 66 was established.
1938 God Bless America was performed for the first time, by Kate Smith.
1945 Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega was born.
1951 Golfer Fuzzy Zoeller was born.
1954 Veterans Day was first celebrated in the United States.
1962 Actress Demi Moore was born.
1964 Actress Calista Flockhart was born.
1965 Rhodesia proclaimed its independence from the United Kingdom.
1966 The Gemini 12 mission was launched.
1967 Auto racer Gil de Ferran was born.
1974 Actor Leonardo Di Caprio was born.
1975 Angola gained its independence from Portugal.
2004 Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat died.
2010 Film and television producer Dino De Laurentiis died.
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