Today in History

November 26
1688 Louis XIV declares war on the Netherlands.
1774 A congress of colonial leaders criticizes British influence in the colonies and affirms their right to “Life, liberty and property.”
1789 George Washington proclaims this a National Thanksgiving Day in honor of the new Constitution. This date was later used to set the date for Thanksgiving.
1812 Napoleon Bonaparte‘s army begins crossing the Berezina River over two hastily constructed bridges.
1825 The Kappa Alpha Society, the second American college Greek-letter fraternity, is founded.
1863 The first National Thanksgiving is celebrated.
1901 The Hope diamond is brought to New York.
1907 The Duma lends its support to the Czar in St. Petersburg, who claims he has renounced autocracy.
1917 The Bolsheviks offer an armistice between Russian and the Central Powers.
1922 Lord Carnarvon and Howard Carter, archeologists, open King Tut’s tomb, undisturbed for 3,000 years.
1938 Poland renews its nonaggression pact with the Soviet Union to protect against a German invasion.
1939 The Soviet Union charges Finland with an artillery attack on its border.
1941 The Japanese fleet departs from the Kuril Islands en route to its attack on Pearl Harbor.
1947 France expels 19 Soviet citizens, charging them with intervention in internal affairs.
1949 India becomes a sovereign democratic republic.
1950 North Korean and Chinese troops halt a UN offensive.
1957 President Dwight Eisenhower suffers a minor stroke.
1975 Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme is found guilty of an attempt on President Gerald Ford’s life.
1979 Oil deposits equaling OPEC reserves are found in Venezuela.
1982 Yasuhiro Nakasone is elected the 71st Japanese prime minister.
1983 At London’s Heathrow Airport, almost 6,800 gold bars worth nearly £26 million are stolen from a Brinks-MAT vault.
1998 Tony Blair becomes the first Prime Minister of the United Kingdom to address the Republic of Ireland’s parliament.
2000 Republican candidate George W. Bush is certified the winner of Florida’s electoral votes, giving him enough electoral votes to defeat Democrat Al Gore Jr. for the US presidency, despite losing the popular vote.
2011 NATO forces in Afghanistan attack a Pakistani checkpost in a friendly fire incident, killing 24 soldiers and wounding 13 others.
Born on November 26
1827 Ellen Gould White, founder of the Seventh Day Adventists.
1876 Willis Haviland Carrier, inventor of the first air conditioning system to control both temperature and humidity.
1894 Norbert Wiener, American mathematician, considered the father of automation.
1912 Eric Sevareid, American broadcast journalist for CBS News.
1920 Cyril Cusack, Irish actor.
1922 Charles M. Schulz, American cartoonist who created “Peanuts” starring Charlie Brown.
1924 George Segal, sculptor.
1933 Robert Goulet, singer, actor.
1938 Rich Little, comedian, actor; noted for his ability to impersonate famous personalities.
1939 Tina Turner, singer, dancer , actress (“What’s Love Got to Do with It”).
1954 Velupillai Prabhakaran, founder and leader of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, a militant organization that sought to create an independent Tamil state in Sri Lanka.
1956 Dale Jarrett, NASCAR driver; won the 1999 Winston Cup Series championship.

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