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What Happened On This Day In History?


Tuesday, November 20th 2018

Today is the 324th day of 2018.  There are 41 days left in this year.

Notable Events

1789
New Jersey became the first state to ratify the Bill of Rights, approving 10 of the 12 amendments.
1818
Simón Bolívar, declared Venezuela independent of Spain.
1820
The whaler Essex, from Nantucket, Massachusetts, was attacked and sunk by a sperm whale near the western coast of South America. It was the first American vessel sunk by a whale.
1866
Howard University, the first university for African-American students, is founded in Washington, D.C., as the Howard Theological Seminary.
1910
Revolution broke out in Mexico, led by Francisco I. Madero.
1914
Bulgaria proclaimed its neutrality in World War I.
1917
British military tanks penetrate German lines in the Battle of Cambrai in northeastern France. It is the first large-scale use of tanks.
1945
Twenty-four Nazi leaders went on trial before an international war crimes tribunal in Nuremberg, Germany.
1947
Britain's future queen, Princess Elizabeth II, married Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh, in a ceremony broadcast worldwide from Westminster Abbey.
1967
U.S. President Lyndon Johnson announces the formation of the National Commission on Product Safety.
1967
The U.S. census reported the population at 200 million.
1969
The Nixon administration announced a halt to residential use of the pesticide DDT as part of a total phase-out.
1974
The United States filed an antitrust suit to break up AT&T.
1977
Egyptian President Anwar Sadat became the first Arab leader to address Israel's parliament.
1980
In China, Jiang Qing, Mao Zedong's widow, went on trial on charges of treason and government subversion.
1995
Princess Diana admitted during an interview broadcast on BBC television that she had been unfaithful to Prince Charles.
2000
Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori resigned, ending a 10-year reign.

Notable Births

1620
Peregrine White is born aboard the Mayflower, anchored near the tip of Cape Cod in Massachusetts. She is the first child ever born of English parents in New England.
1752
Thomas Chatterton, English poet
1858
Selma Lagerlof, Swedish author, first woman to win the Nobel Prize for literature.
1866
Kenesaw Mountain Landis, baseball's first commissioner
1889
Edwin Powell Hubble, American astronomer.
1908
Sir Alistair Cooke, English journalist and TV host.
1914
Emilio Pucci, Italian fashion designer and statesman
1923
Nadine Gordimer, Nobel Prize-winning South African novelist.
1925
Robert F. Kennedy, American senator, attorney general, and presidential candidate was born in Brookline, Mass.
1954
Bo Derek, American film actress and model.

Notable Deaths

1910
Leo Tolstoy, Russian novelist.
1973
Allan Sherman, American musician, parodist, satirist, and television producer.
1975
After nearly four decades of absolute rule, Spain's Gen. Francisco Franco died, two weeks before his 83rd birthday.
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