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This Day in History for December 8 — John Lennon Killed, and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1863: President Abraham Lincoln offers his conciliatory plan for reunification of the United States with his Proclamation of Amnesty and Reconstruction (more info)

1980: Music icon John Lennon is murdered by a mentally unstable fan in front of the Dakota apartment building in New York City (more info)

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This Day in History for December 7 — Attack on Pearl Harbor, and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1787: Delaware becomes the first state to ratify the United States Constitution (more info)

1941: In an early-morning sneak attack, Japanese warplanes bomb the U.S. naval base at Oahu Island's Pearl Harbor, causing the United States to enter World War II (more info)

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This Day in History for December 5 — End of Prohibition, and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1848: In a message before Congress, President James K. Polk sparks the Gold Rush when he confirms that large amounts of the precious metal had been discovered in California (more info)

1933: The 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is ratified, bringing an end to the prohibition of alcohol in America (more info)

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This Day in History for December 4 — U.S. Joins the U.N., and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1875: Notorious New York City politician Boss Tweed escapes from prison and flees the country (more info)

1918: President Woodrow Wilson sails for the World War I peace talks in Versailles, becoming the first U.S. president to travel to Europe while in office (more info)

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This Day in History for November 27 — First Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1095: Pope Urban II declares the First Crusade at the Council of Clermont (more info)

1895: At the Swedish-Norwegian Club in Paris, Alfred Nobel signs his last will and testament, setting aside his estate to establish the Nobel Prize after he dies (more info)

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10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About the American Pilgrims

This week, families will come together from all across the nation for Thanksgiving. They will stuff themselves full of turkey, side dishes and desserts. Some will laugh and joke with relatives, while others renew old feuds and bicker with their cousins and siblings. No matter how your particular Thanksgiving winds up, you can thank the American Pilgrims for starting this long-standing custom.

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Suez Canal
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This Day in History for November 17 — Suez Canal Opens, and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1869: The Suez Canal, linking the Mediterranean Sea with the Red Sea, opens in Egypt (more info)

1968: Viewers of the Raiders-Jets football game are prevented from watching its exciting finish when NBC switches its broadcast to the movie 'Heidi,' prompting changes to sports broadcasting in the U.S. (more info)

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This Day in History for November 16 — Federal Reserve Bank Opens, and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1907: Indian Territory and Oklahoma Territory collectively enter the United States as Oklahoma, the 46th state (more info)

1914: The Federal Reserve Bank of the United States officially opens (more info)

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