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Monday, November 21, 2016

Today in History

1620 
Leaders of the Mayflower expedition frame the “Mayflower Compact,” designed to bolster unity among the settlers.
1783
Jean de Rozier and the Marquis d’Arlandes make the first free-flight ascent in a balloon to over 500 feet in Paris.
1789
North Carolina ratifies the Constitution, becoming the 12th state to do it.
1855
Franklin Colman, a pro-slavery Missourian, guns down Charles Dow, a Free Stater from Ohio, near Lawrence, Kansas.
1864
From Georgia, Confederate General John B. Hood launches the Franklin-Nashville Campaign into Tennessee.
1904
Motorized omnibuses replace horse-drawn cars in Paris.
1906
In San Juan, President Theodore Roosevelt pledges citizenship for Puerto Rican people.
1907
Cunard liner Mauritania sets a new speed record for steamship travel, 624 nautical miles in a one day run.
1911
Suffragettes storm Parliament in London. All are arrested and all choose prison terms.
1917
German ace Rudolf von Eschwege is killed over Macedonia when he attacks a booby-trapped observation balloon packed with explosives.
1918
The last German troops leave Alsace-Lorraine, France.
1927
Police turn machine guns on striking Colorado mine workers, killing five and wounding 20.
1934
A New York court rules Gloria Vanderbilt unfit for custody of her daughter.
1934
Cole Porter’s musical Anything Goes premieres at New York’s Alvin Theatre.
1949
The United Nations grants Libya its independence by 1952.
1967
President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the air quality act, allotting $428 million for the fight against pollution.
1970
U.S. planes conduct widespread bombing raids in North Vietnam.
1985
US Navy intelligence analyst Jonathan Pollard arrested for spying and passing classified information to Israel; he received a life sentence on Nov. 1, 1987.
1986
The Justice Department begins an inquiry into the National Security Council into what will become known as the Iran-Contra scandal.
1995
The Dayton Peace Agreement is initialed at Wright Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio; the agreement, formally ratified in Paris on Dec. 14, ends the three-and-a-half year war between Bosnia and Herzegovina.
2006
Anti-Syrian Lebanese Minister and MP Pierre Gemayel assassinated in Beirut.

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