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November 20
1945
Nuremberg trials begin
Twenty-four high-ranking Nazis go on trial in Nuremberg, Germany, for atrocities committed during World War II. The Nuremberg Trials were conducted by an international tribunal made up of representatives from the United States, the Soviet Union, France and Great Britain. It was the first trial of it... read more
The Odessa File
After WWII, a handful of Nazis were tried for war crimes at Nuremberg—but many seemingly disappeared. Rumored to have links to the SS, the shadowy Odessa organization ferried high-ranking Nazis out of Germany to new lives and new identities.
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19th Century
1820
American vessel sunk by sperm whale
Art, Literature, and Film History
2003
Music producer Phil Spector indicted for murder of actress
Crime
1903
Tom Horn is hanged in Wyoming for the murder of Willie Nickell
Great Britain
1947
Princess Elizabeth marries Philip Mountbatten
Inventions & Science
1923
Garrett Morgan patents three-position traffic signal
Sports
1982
Cal beats Stanford as band blocks field
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November 21
1980
Millions tune in to find out who shot J.R.
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American Revolution
1776
George Washington orders General Lee to New Jersey
Art, Literature, and Film History
1934
Ella Fitzgerald wins Amateur Night at Harlem's Apollo Theater
1976
"Rocky" opens in theaters
U.S. GOVERNMENT
1986
Iran-Contra scandal begins with shredded documents
France
1783
Men fly over Paris in hot air balloon
Inventions & Science
1877
Thomas Edison announces his invention of the phonograph
EARLY 20th CENTURY
1916
Britannic, sister ship to the Titanic, sinks in Aegean Sea
U.S. Presidents
1864
President Lincoln allegedly writes to mother of Civil War casualties
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November 22
1963
President John F. Kennedy is assassinated
John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States, is assassinated while traveling through Dallas, Texas, in an open-top convertible. First lady Jacqueline Kennedy rarely accompanied her husband on political outings, but she was beside him, along with Texas Governor John Connally and... read more
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Former CIA agent Bob Baer makes a staggering discovery: A declassified CIA document reveals that Lee Harvey Oswald met with Soviet officials in Mexico City only six weeks before the assassination.  
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1980s
1988
Stealth bomber unveiled
American Revolution
1783
John Hanson, so-called first president, dies
Colonial America
1718
Blackbeard killed off North Carolina
Germany
2005
Angela Merkel becomes Chancellor of Germany
Great Britain
1990
Margaret Thatcher resigns
Inventions & Science
1900
First Mercedes goes for a test drive
Sports
1986
Mike Tyson becomes the youngest heavyweight champ in history
Vietnam War
1972
First B-52 shot down over North Vietnam
World War II
1942
Soviets encircle Germans at Stalingrad
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November 23
1936
First issue of “Life” is published
On November 23, 1936, the first issue of the pictorial magazine Life is published, featuring a cover photo of the Fort Peck Dam's spillway by Margaret Bourke-White. Life actually had its start earlier in the 20th century as a different kind of magazine: a weekly humor publication, not unlike to... read more
19th Century
1859
Legendary outlaw Billy the Kid is born
Crime
1876
"Boss" Tweed delivered to authorities
1959
The Birdman of Alcatraz is allowed a small taste of freedom
1979
IRA member sentenced for Mountbatten's assassination
Great Britain
1499
Flemish imposter executed in London
U.S. Government
1981
President Reagan gives CIA authority to establish the Contras
World War II
1940
Romania becomes an Axis "power"
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November 24
1859
"Origin of Species" is published
On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, a groundbreaking scientific work by British naturalist Charles Darwin, is published in England. Darwin's theory argued that organisms gradually evolve through a process he called "natural selection." In natural selection, organisms with genetic... read more
China
1999
Ferry sinks in Yellow Sea, killing hundreds
Civil War
1863
Battle of Lookout Mountain
Cold War
1947
"Hollywood Ten″ cited for contempt of Congress
Crime
1932
The FBI Crime Lab opens its doors for business
1963
Jack Ruby kills Lee Harvey Oswald
1971
Hijacker and criminal mastermind D.B. Cooper parachutes out of plane
2017
Terrorists attack mosque in Sinai, Egypt
Inventions & Science
1849
John Froelich, inventor of the gas-powered tractor, is born
Native Americans
1807
Mohawk Chief Thayendanegea dies
Sports
1960
Wilt Chamberlain sets NBA rebounds record
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November 25
1963
JFK buried at Arlington National Cemetery
Three days after his assassination in Dallas, Texas, John F. Kennedy is laid to rest with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States, was shot to death while riding in an open-car motorcade with his wife and Texas Governor John Connally through the streets of downtown Dallas... read more
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1990s
1999
First International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
American Revolution
1783
Last British soldiers leave New York
ART, LITERATURE, AND FILM HISTORY
1952
"The Mousetrap" opens in London
Inventions & Science
1990
Lacey V. Murrow Memorial Bridge sinks to the bottom of Lake Washington
Japan
1970
Japanese author Yukio Mishima dies by suicide
Natural Disasters & Environment
1950
"Storm of the century" hits eastern U.S.
U.S. Government
1986
Iran-Contra connection revealed
Westward Expansion
1876
U.S. Army retaliates for the Little Bighorn massacre
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November 26
1941
FDR establishes modern Thanksgiving holiday
President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs a bill officially establishing the fourth Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day. The tradition of celebrating the holiday on Thursday dates back to the early history of the Plymouth and Massachusetts Bay colonies, when post-harvest holidays were celebrated on... read more
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KOREAN WAR
1950
Chinese counterattacks in Korea change nature of war
Africa
1922
Archaeologists enter tomb of King Tut
Art, Literature, and Film History
1862
"Alice in Wonderland" manuscript is sent as a Christmas present
1942
"Casablanca" opens in theaters
Crime
1933
Vigilantes in California lynch two suspected murderers
Vietnam War
1968
Air Force helicopter pilot rescues Special Forces team
World War I
1916
T.E. Lawrence reports on Arab affairs
World War II
1941
Japanese task force leaves for Pearl Harbor
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November 27
1095
Pope Urban II orders first Crusade
On November 27, 1095, Pope Urban II makes perhaps the most influential speech of the Middle Ages, giving rise to the Crusades by calling all Christians in Europe to war against Muslims in order to reclaim the Holy Land, with a cry of "Deus vult!" or "God wills it!" Born Odo of Lagery in 1042, Urban... read more
American Revolution
1746
R.R. Livingston, future Founding Father known as "The Chancellor," is born
Art, Literature, and Film History
1940
Bruce Lee born
1942
Jimi Hendrix born
2005
Aerosmith and 50 Cent headline a $10 million bat mitzvah
Crime
1978
San Francisco leaders George Moscone and Harvey Milk are murdered
Natural Disasters & Environment
1703
Freak storm dissipates over England
Cold War
1954
Accused spy Alger Hiss released from prison
U.S. Presidents
1911
White House housekeeper frets over William Howard Taft's waistline
Native American History
1868
Colonel George Custer massacres Cheyenne on Washita River
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November 28
1520
Ferdinand Magellan reaches the Pacific
After sailing through the dangerous straits below South America that now bear his name, Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan enters the Pacific Ocean with three ships, becoming the first European explorer to reach the Pacific from the Atlantic. On September 20, 1519, Magellan set sail from Spain... read more
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1970s
1979
Plane crashes over Antarctica
Art, Literature, and Film History
1582
William Shakespeare marries Anne Hathaway
1925
The Grand Ole Opry begins broadcasting
Crime
1987
A media controversy ignites over the case of Tawana Brawley
1994
Jeffrey Dahmer murdered in prison
Great Britain
1919
Lady Astor becomes MP
Inventions & Science
1895
Duryea Motor Wagon wins first car race in U.S.
U.S. Presidents
1943
FDR attends Tehran Conference
World War I
1914
New York Stock Exchange resumes bond trading
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