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Today In History

Here is what happened
on Tuesday - November 20th...

History,  n.  One darn thing after another.

      Famous People Born On This Day In History...

1602Otto von Guericke, invented the air pump.
      Today, this person is/would be 416 years old.
1841Sir Wilfrid Laurier, Canada’s 7th Prime Minister (1896-1911), in St. Lin, Canada East (Quebec). He was Canada’s first francophone prime minister and presided over the entrance of the provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan into the country.
      Today, this person is/would be 177 years old.
1873Daniel Gregory Mason, composer.
      Today, this person is/would be 145 years old.
1889Edwin Hubble, astronomer, in Marshfield, Missouri. He pioneered the concept of an expanding universe. The Hubble Space Telescope was named in his honour.
      Today, this person is/would be 129 years old.
1900Chester Gould, gave Dick Tracy a job.
      Today, this person is/would be 118 years old.
1908Alistair Cooke, raconteur.
      Today, this person is/would be 110 years old.
1925Robert Kennedy, American politician, brother of assassinated US President John Kennedy. Robert himself was assassinated in 1968 in California while running for US president.
      Today, this person is/would be 93 years old.
1939Dick Smothers, brother of Tommy.
      Today, this person is/would be 79 years old.
1946Duane Allman, rock singer, Allman Brothers.
      Today, this person is/would be 72 years old.
1956Bo Derek, actress, "10".
      Today, this person is/would be 62 years old.
1965Mike D. of The Beastie Boys.
      Today, this person is/would be 53 years old.

      Events On This Day In History...

1818Simon Bolivar formally declares Venezuela independent of Spain.
1873Budapest is formed as the rival cities of Buda and Pest are united to form the capital of Hungary.
1888William Bundy invents the first timecard clock.
1914The US State Department starts requiring photographs for passports. But remember, if you look like your passport photo you probably are not well enough to travel.
1945The Nuremberg War Crime Trials begin. Twenty four former leaders of Nazi Germany are charged with conspiracy to wage wars of aggression, crimes against peace, war crimes, and crimes against humanity.
1947Princess Elizabeth of England (the future Queen Elizabeth II) and Lt. Phillip Mountbatten are married in London’s Westminster Abbey.
1962The Cuban Missile Crisis concludes as US President John F. Kennedy announces he has lifted the U.S. Naval blockade of Cuba stating, "The evidence to date indicates that all known offensive missile sites in Cuba have been dismantled." What he did not announce was that in addition the Americans had agreed to pull their missles out of Turkey.
1975After nearly 40 years of absolute fascist rule, Spain’s dictator, General Francisco Franco, dies.
1977Egyptian President Anwar Sadat becomes the first Arab leader to address Israel’s parliament.
1980In China, Jiang Qing, the widow of Mao Zedong, goes on trial with nine others on charges of treason.
1986Dr. Halfdan Maher, the director of the World Health Organization, announces the first coordinated global effort to fight the disease AIDS.
1992Fire erupts inside Queen Elizabeth’s residence at Windsor Castle causing extensive damage. The poor dear had to live in another of her castles until the damage was repaired.
1998Afghanistan’s Taliban government offers Osama bin Laden safe haven. At the time Osama bin Laden was accused of orchestrating two US embassy bombings in Africa. From his Afghanistan base, he later masterminded the Sept. 11, 2001 suicide aircraft attacks which killed more than 3,000 in New York’s World Trade Center and the Pentagon in Washinton.

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