History's November 20
    2006 Moises Alou signs a one year-contract with the New York Mets worth $7.5 million
    2005 57th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Tony Stewart wins
    2004 69th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 21-13 in Tuscaloosa
    2003 After the November 15 bombings, a second day of the 2003 Istanbul Bombings occurs in Istanbul, Turkey, destroying the Turkish head office of HSBC Bank AS and the British consulate.
    2002 "Die Another Day", 20th James Bond film released, directed by Lee Tamahori, starring Pierce Brosnan and Halle Berry
    2001 Josh Groban releases his debut album "Josh Groban"
    2001 US President George W. Bush dedicates the US Department of Justice headquarters as the Robert F. Kennedy Justice Building, honoring the late Robert F. Kennedy on what would have been his 76th birthday
    2000 52nd NASCAR Sprint Cup: Bobby Labonte wins
    1999 11th College Football Holy War: Boston College beats Notre Dame 31-29 in South Bend
    1999 64th Iron Bowl: Alabama beats Auburn 28-17 in Auburn
    1998 The first module of the International Space Station, Zarya, is launched.
    1998 A court in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan declares accused terrorist Osama bin Laden "a man without a sin" in regard to the U.S. embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania.
    1997 Yohannes Haile-Selassie discovers the partial skull of a 2.5 million year old human ancestor, confirming and establishing the new species Australopithecus garhi, in Bouri, Middle Awash, Ethiopia
    1997 NY Islanders lose, beginning a 10 game losing streak
    1997 Mavericks' A C Green sets NBA record of 907 consecutive games played
    1997 Flyers Eric Lindros tries to bite San Jose defenseman Marty McSorley
    1997 Last original Florida Marlin, Jeff Conine, traded to KC Royals
    1997 "Ivanov" opens at Vivian Beaumont Theater NYC for 51 performances
    1997 Iraq's Revolution Command Council formally endorses an agreement, arranged by Russia, that enables UN weapons inspection teams to resume operations in Iraq
    1995 STS 74 (Atlantis 15), lands
    1995 FDA approves new therapy for use as an initial AIDS treatment, 3TC
    1995 "Racing Demon" opens at Vivian Beaumont Theater NYC for 48 performances
    1995 "Beatles' Anthology, Vol 1" released
    1995 Diana, Pricess of Wales, admits she cheated on Prince Charles in a TV interview
    1994 Kosmos 2294/2295/2296 launches
    1994 The Angolan government and UNITA rebels sign the Lusaka Protocol in Zambia, ending 19 years of civil war (localized fighting resumed the next year).
    1994 "Flying Karamzov Brothers..." opens at Helen Hayes NYC for 50 performances
    1994 "Shadow Box" opens at Circle in Sq Theater NYC for 49 performances
    1993 Savings and Loan scandal: The United States Senate Ethics Committee issues a stern censure of California senator Alan Cranston for his "dealings" with savings-and-loan executive Charles Keating.
    1993 58th Iron Bowl: Auburn beats Alabama 22-14 in Auburn
    1993 Sam's Town Bowling Invitational won by Robin Romeo
    1993 Jakovlev-42 crashes into mountain at Ohrid Macedonia, 116 killed
    1993 5th College Football Holy War: Boston College beats Notre Dame 41-39 in South Bend (Boston College's first win in the series)
    1993 Winnie Mandela's driver/bodyguard murdered in Johannesburg
    1992 Queen Elizabeth's home Windsor Castle catches fire
    1991 Atlanta Braves Terry Pendleton wins NL MVP
    1990 Sacramento Kings last NBA win on the road for over a year
    1990 Soviet Union shows reluctance to endorse the use of force against Iraq
    1990 US 68th manned space mission STS 38 (Atlantis 7) returns from space
    1990 Saddam Hussein announces plans to release German hostages
    1990 British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher fails to defeat Michael Heseltine's bid for leadership of the Conservative Party
    1990 Oakland's Rickey Henderson wins AL MVP
    1989 Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Robin Yount wins AL MVP
    1988 "Les Miserables" opens a Bus & Truck tour in Tampa
    1988 38th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Bill Elliott wins
    1986 Afghanistan President Babrak Karmal flees
    1986 World Health Organization announces first global effort to combat AIDS
    1985 NY Yankee Don Mattingly easily wins AL MVP
    1985 Microsoft Windows 1.0 is released.
    1984 McDonald's makes its 50 billionth hamburger
    1984 Mets pitcher Dwight Gooden wins NL Rookie of Year
    1984 SETI Institute (Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intelligence) is founded.
    1983 "Marilyn: An American Fable" opens at Minskoff NYC for 16 performances
    1983 100 million watch ABC-TV movie "Day After" about nuclear war
    1983 Cleveland Browns shutout Patriots 30-0
    1983 NY Giants Butch Woolfolk ties NFL record of 43 attempts rushing
    1983 33rd NASCAR Sprint Cup: Bobby Allison wins
    1983 "Terms of Endearment" from the book by Larry McMurtry, directed by James L. Brooks and starring Shirley MacLaine and Debra Winger premieres in New York (Best Picture 1984)
    1982 Drew Barrymore at age 7 hosts "Saturday Night Live"
    1981 El Salvador guerrilla group FMLN opens "limited offensive"
    1981 Burundi adopts its constitution
    1981 Ringo releases "Stop & Smell Roses" album
    1981 Anatoly Karpov, USSR retains world chess championship
    1980 Steve Ptacek in Solar Challenger makes 1st solar-powered flight
    1980 United Nations Gulf War mediator Olof Palme makes first unsuccessful peace shuttle between Tehran and Baghdad
    1980 UA withdraws $44 million movie "Heaven's Gate" for re-editing
    1979 US's 1st artificial blood transfusion occurs at University of Minnesota Hospital
    1979 Sji'ieten occupies great mosque of Mecca, 100s killed
    1977 27th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Cale Yarborough wins
    1977 Steve Largent begins NFL streak of 177 consecutive game receptions
    1977 Egyptian Pres Sadat became 1st Arab leader to address Israeli Knesset
    1977 Walter Payton (Bears) rushes for NFL-record 275 yards
    1976 George Harrison appears on "Saturday Night Live"
    1976 Judy Rankin wins LPGA Colgate-Hong Kong Golf Open
    1975 Ronald Reagan announces candidacy for Republican nomination for US President
    1974 The US files antitrust suit to break-up AT&T
    1974 Rangers' Jeff Burroughs wins AL MVP
    1972 2 British soldiers are killed in a booby trap bomb in Cullyhanna, County Armagh
    1971 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
    1971 21st NASCAR Sprint Cup: Richard Petty wins
    1970 UN General Assembly accepts membership of China PR
    1969 Gundappa Viswanath scores 137 on Test Cricket debut v Australia Kanpur
    1969 Alcatraz Island off SF, is seized by militant Native Americans
    1969 SF Giant Willie McCovey edges Tom Seaver as NL MVP
    1969 Brazilian soccer icon Pele scores his 1,000th goal
    1968 2nd Country Music Association Award: Glen Campbell & Tammy Wynette wins
    1968 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
    1967 Mets pitcher Tom Seaver (16-12) is named NL Rookie of Year
    1967 At 11 AM, Census Clock at Dept of Commerce ticks past 200 million
    1966 "Cabaret" opens at Broadhurst Theater NYC for 1166 performances
    1966 Men in Zurich vote against female suffrage
    1966 Dallas sacks Pittsburgh QBs an NFL record 12 times
    1966 Clifford Ann Creed wins LPGA Success Golf Open
    1965 "Pickwick" closes at 46th St Theater NYC after 56 performances
    1965 UN Security council calls for boycott of Rhodesia
    1965 WCNY TV channel 24 in Syracuse, NY (PBS) begins broadcasting
    1964 Dmitri Shostakovitch's 9th/10th String Quartet premieres in Moscow
    1962 Mickey Mantle wins AL MVP for the 3rd time
    1962 USSR agrees to remove bombers from Cuba, & US lifts blockade
    1961 WPLG TV channel 10 in Miami, FL (ABC) begins broadcasting
    1960 11th Formula One WDC: Jack Brabham wins by nine points
    1959 WABC fires Alan Freed over payola scandal
    1959 UN adopts Universal Declaration of Children's Rights
    1957 Morton Wishengrad's "Rope Dancers" premieres in NYC
    1955 Polly Umrigar scores India's 1st Test Cricket double century, 223 v NZ
    1955 Kripal Singh scores 100 on Test Cricket debut, India v NZ
    1954 KTRK TV channel 13 in Houston, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting
    1953 Scott Crossfield in Douglas Skyrocket, 1st to break Mach 2 (1,300 MPH)
    1952 George Axelrod's "Seven Year Itch" premieres in NYC
    1952 Cubs slugger Hank Sauer wins NL MVP
    1952 Slánský trials begin - a series of Stalinist and anti-Semitic show trials in Czechoslovakia.
    1951 Snowdonia becomes a British National Park
    1949 Jewish population of Israel reaches 1,000,000
    1948 US balloon reaches height of 42.7 km (record)
    1947 "Meet the Press" makes network TV debut on NBC
    1947 1st permanent TV installed on seagoing vessel (New Jersey)
    1947 UN General assembly begins debate on printing their own stamps
    1947 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Mediator Dei
    1946 Lillian Hellman's "Another Part of the Forest" premieres in NYC
    1945 Queen Wilhelmina opens Dutch parliament in Hague
    1945 Dmitri Shostakovitch's 9th Symphony under J Mravinski premieres
    1945 24 Nazi leaders put on trial at Nuremberg, Germany
    1944 Amsterdam: Vondelpark closed because of kappen of trees
    1944 Prince Bernhard establishes staff in Breda
    1944 1st Japanse suicide submarine attack (Ulithi Atol, Carolines)
    1943 US forces land on Tarawa & Makin Atoll in Gilbert Island
    1943 U-538 sinks in Atlantic Ocean
    1942 NHL abolishes regular season OT until WW II is over
    1942 British 8th Army recaptures Benghazi, Libya
    1942 26th Russian Armoured Corps recaptures Perelazovski
    1942 Soviet army offensive during WWII, 1 million Russians breach German lines
    1941 Adm Nomura & Kurusu hands over Japanese last diplomatic note
    1941 German "auxiliary cruiser" (armed merchant raider) Kormoran sinks near Australia
    1940 World War II: Hungary, Romania and Slovakia join the Axis Powers.
    1940 Hungary joins 3 Power pact
    1938 1st documented anti-semitic remarks over US radio (by Father Coughlin)
    1936 Jose Antonio Primo de Rivera, founder of the Falange is killed by a republican execution squad.
    1934 Eiji Sawamura, 17, gives up 1 hit, Lou Gehrig's HR, US beats Japan 1-0
    1934 Tornoto Maple Leaf Harvey Jackson is 1st to score 4 goals in 1 period
    1934 New Belgian government of Theunis, Francqui & Gutt (3 bankers)
    1934 Lillian Hellman's "Children's Hour" premieres in NYC
    1932 Earthquake at Uden Netherlands
    1931 Commercial teletype service begins (AT&T)
    1929 First broadcast of "Goldbergs" on US radio
    1929 Salvador Dali's first one-man show
    1928 WGH-AM in Newport News VA begins radio transmissions
    1928 Boston Gardens opens, Mont Canadiens beat Boston Bruins, 1-0
    1923 Garrett Morgan invents & patents traffic signal
    1923 Rentenmark replaces the Papiermark as the official currency of Germany at the exchange rate of one Rentenmark to One Trillion (One Billion on the long scale) Papiermark
    1922 Zoe Akins' "Texas Nightingale" premieres in NYC
    1920 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to US president W Wilson
    1919 1st municipally owned airport in US opens (Tucson Az)
    1917 Ukrainian Republic declared
    1917 First successful tank use in battle (Britain breaks through German lines) at Battle of Cambrai WWI
    1915 7th CFL Grey Cup: Hamilton Tigers defeats Toronto Rowing, 13-7
    1914 US State Department starts requiring photographs for passports
    1911 Gustav Mahler's "Das Lied von der Erde" (Song of the Earth) premieres in Munich
    1911 The funeral of Paul and Laura (daughter of Karl Marx) Lafargue in Paris is attended by Lenin; the two socialists died in a suicide pact in the belief that their political usefulness was at an end
    1910 Revolution broke out in Mexico, led by Francisco I Madero
    1909 Jack Williams of Ottawa Rough Riders kicks 9 singles in a game
    1906 George Bernard Shaw's "Doctor's Dilemma" premieres in London
    1902 Geo Lefevre & Henri Desgrange create Tour de France bicycle race
    1901 Opera "Grisélidis" is produced (Paris)
    1894 US intervenes in Bluefields, Nicaragua
    1890 Pope Leo XIII encyclical "On Slavery in the Missions"
    1889 Gustav Mahler's 1st Symphony
    1888 Willard Bundy patents timecard clock
    1873 Rival cities of Buda & Pest unite to form the capital of Hungary
    1866 Howard University founded (Washington, D.C.)
    1866 Pierre Lalemont patents rotary crank bicycle
    1866 First national convention of Grand Army of Republic (veterans' org)
    1862 Confederate armies of Mississippi and Kentucky merge as Army of Tennessee, under General Braxton Bragg
    1861 Secession ordinance is filed by Kentucky's Confederate government.
    1852 Charles Reade/Tom Taylor's "Masks & Faces" premieres in London
    1833 Charles Darwin reaches Punta Gorda, sees Rio Uruguay
    1829 Jews expelled from Nikolayev & Sevastopol Russia
    1817 First Seminole War begins in Florida
    1815 2nd Peace of Paris: France & allies after 2nd defeat and abdication of Napoleon Bonaparte.
    1815 Russia, Prussia, Austria & England signs Alliance "for the maintenance of peace in Europe" same day as Treaty of Paris
    1805 Beethoven's "Fidelio" premieres in Vienna
    1795 Curacao government forbids slave work on Sunday
    1789 New Jersey is 1st state to ratify Bill of Rights
    1759 -22] Battle in Bay of Quiberon, British beat French
    1755 English minister William Pitt Sr resigns
    1719 Sweden & Hannover sign peace Treaty of Stockholm
    1695 Zumbi, the last of the leaders of Quilombo dos Palmares in early Brazil and ex-slave, is executed.
    1637 Peter Minuit & 1st Swedish immigrants to Delaware sail from Sweden
    1616 Bishop Richelieu becomes French minister of Foreign affairs/War
    1583 Duke of Parma conquerors Aalst
    1521 Arabs attribute shortage of water in Jerusalem to Jews making wine
    1520 Friesland hit by heavy hail storm
    1431 First meeting of Order of the Golden Fleece
    1407 A truce between John the Fearless, Duke of Burgundy and Louis of Valois, Duke of Orléans is agreed under the auspices of John, Duke of Berry. Orléans would be assassinated three days later by Burgundy.
    1347 Coke di Rienzo, later Roman Tribunal, addressess a meeting of on the Capitol during people's revolt in Rome
    1342 Pope Clemens VI names John IV of Arkel as bishop of Utrecht
    1272 Edward I proclaimed King of England
    1194 Palermo is conquered by Emperor Henry VI.
    1168 Giovanni di Struma elected anti-Pope
    762 Bögü, Khan of the Uyghurs, conquers Lo-Yang, capital of the Chinese Empire.
    284 Diocletian is proclaimed Roman Emperor by his soldiers in the army of the east
    284Diocletian is chosen as Roman emperor.
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