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Infoplease - This Day in History 

Nov 25, 1986: Iran-Contra scandal broke.

Nov 25, 1758: The British captured Fort Duquesne (Pittsburgh) in the French and Indian Wars.

Nov 25, 1783: The British evacuated New York City, their last military position, after the Revolutionary War.

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Nov 25, 1642: Abel Tasman discovered Van Diemen's land, later renamed Tasmania.

Nov 25, 1859: Darwin's Origin of Species was published.

Nov 25, 1963: Jack Ruby shot Lee Harvey Oswald, JFK's accused assassin, in the garage of Dallas police headquarters.

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Nov 23, 1889: The first jukebox was installed at the Palais Royal Saloon in San Francisco.

Nov 23, 1936: First issue of Life magazine hit the newsstands. The cover photograph, by Margaret Bourke-White, featured the Fort Peck Dam.

Nov 23, 1971: People's Republic of China was seated at the UN Security Council.

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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.

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