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Infoplease - This Day in History 

Nov 22, 1497: Portuguese explorer Vasco de Gama became the first navigator to sail around the Cape of Good Hope in his search for a sea route to India.

Nov 22, 1718: Edward Teach, better known as Blackbeard the pirate, was killed off the east coast of North America.

Nov 22, 1842: Mount St. Helens in Washington state erupted. Ash fallout reached as far as 48 mi away.

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Nov 21, 1789: North Carolina became the 12th state.

Nov 21, 1922: Georgia's Rebecca Felton was sworn into the U.S. Senate, becoming the first woman U.S. Senator.

Nov 21, 1934: Cole Porter's musical Anything Goes opened in New York City.

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Nov 20, 1789: New Jersey became the first state to ratify the Bill of Rights.

Nov 20, 1945: The war crimes trials of 24 German World War II leaders began in Nuremberg, Germany.

Nov 20, 1962: President John F. Kennedy agreed to lift the American blockade of Cuba, ending the Cuban missile crisis.

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Nov 19, 1703: A masked man held prisoner in the Bastille in Paris died. His true identity was the cause of much intrigue, and his story became the basis of literary works by François Voltaire and Alexandre Dumas.

Nov 19, 1863: Lincoln delivered his Gettysburg Address at the dedication of the national cemetery on the Civil War battlefield of Gettysburg, Pa.

Nov 19, 1977: Egyptian president Anwar Sadat became the first Arab leader to visit Israel.

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Nov 18, 1820: Captain Nathaniel Palmer discovered Antarctica.

Nov 18, 1883: Standard time began in the United States.

Nov 18, 1928: Mickey Mouse made his debut in Steamboat Willie.

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Nov 17, 1558: Queen Elizabeth I of England ascended to the throne upon the death of her half-sister Queen Mary.

Nov 17, 1800: Congress met in Washington, DC, for the first time.

Nov 17, 1869: The Suez Canal opened in Egypt.

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Nov 16, 1864: General Sherman and his troops began their "March to the sea" during the Civil War.

Nov 16, 1907: Oklahoma became the 46th state.

Nov 16, 1933: The United States and the Soviet Union established diplomatic relations.

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Nov 15, 1763: Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon began surveying the Mason-Dixon line.

Nov 15, 1777: The Continental Congress approved the Articles of Confederation, the precursor to the U.S. Constitution.


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