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1656 Myles Standish, military commander of the Plymouth Colony, died.
1789 President George Washington proclaimed the first national Thanksgiving Day.
1800 Historian George Bancroft was born.
1854 Physician William C. Gorgas was born.
1859 Actress Eleonora Duse was born.
1862 The Battle of Corinth (Mississippi) began.
1867 Elias Howe, inventor of the sewing machine, died.
1872 Blommingdale's opened in New York, New York.
1888 A team led by Fridtjof Nansen completed the first known crossing of Greenland.
1899 J. S. Thurman patented a motor-driven vacuum cleaner.
1904 Mary McLeod Bethune opened the Daytona Normal and Industrial School.
1908 Russian exiles in Vienna, Austria, founded the newspaper Pravda.
1910 Lucy Hobbs Taylor, the first fully licensed woman dentist in the United States, died.
1916 Author James Herriot was born.
1918 Tsar Ferdinand I of Bulgaria abdicated in favor of his eldest son, Boris II.
1920 The American Pro Football Association (now the NFL) played its first games.
1922 Rebecca Felton was appointed to the U.S. Senate by the Governor of Georgia.
1925 Author Gore Vidal was born.
1929 The Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes changed its name to Yugoslavia.
1932 Iraq gained full independence from the United Kingdom.
1935 Italy invaded
1938 Musician Eddie Cochran was born.
Maltese Falcon premiered in New York City, New York.
1942 Germany tested its V-2 rocket for the first time.
1945 The World Federation of Trade Unions was formed.
1952 Great Britain tested its first atomic bomb.
1953 Medical researcher Florence Rena Sabin died.
Minister Al Sharpton was born.
"The Mickey Mouse Club" premiered on ABC-TV.
1959 Comedian Greg Proops was born.
1960 "The Andy Griffith Show" premiered on CBS-TV.
"Dick Van Dyke Show" premiered on CBS-TV.
M. Schirra orbited the Earth six times.
1963 Gambia attained internal self-government.
1967 An X-15
rocket aircraft set a winged-craft record with a speed of
1968 Peruvian President Fernando Belaúnde Terry was overthrown by a military coup.
1969 Singer Gwen Stefani was born.
1975 Guy Mollet, former Prime Minister of France, died.
1985 The Space Shuttle Atlantis was launched on its maiden mission.
1990 East and West Germany were re-unified into the Federated Republic of Germany.
1992 Sinead O'Connor ripped up a picture of Pope John Paul II on "Saturday Night Live."
1994 Actress Harriet Nelson died.
1995 O.J. Simpson was found "not guilty" of murdering Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman.
1998 Actor Roddy McDowall died.
2003 A white tiger attacked Roy Horn of the illusionist duo Siegfried & Roy during a performance in Las Vegas.
2009 Fatima, former Queen of Libya, died.
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