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Pilgrims
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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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Federal Reserve Bank
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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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Booker T. Washington
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This Day in History for November 14 — Booker T. Washington Dies, and More

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

1882: Billy the Kid is killed in a shootout in Tombstone, Arizona (more info)

1889: Pioneering female journalist Nellie Bly—aka Elizabeth Cochrane—begins a successful attempt to travel around the world in fewer than 80 days, completing the trip in 72 days (more info)

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Ellis Island 1902
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This Day in History for November 12 — Ellis Island Closes, and More

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

1927: Leon Trotsky is expelled from the Soviet Communist Party, leaving Joseph Stalin in undisputed control of the Soviet Union (more info)

1954: Ellis Island, the gateway to America, shuts it doors after processing more than 12 million immigrants since opening in 1892 (more info)

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Sesame Street
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This Day in History for November 10 — ‘Sesame Street’ Premieres, and More

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

1775: The United States Marine Corps is founded (more info)

1871: Henry Morton Stanley locates missing explorer and missionary Dr. David Livingstone, famously greeting him with the words, "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?" (more info)

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JFK
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This Day in History for November 8 — JFK Elected, and More

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

1793: After more than two centuries as a royal palace, the Louvre is opened as a public museum in Paris by the French revolutionary government (more info)

1895: While experimenting with electricity, German scientist Wilhelm Röntgen discovers the X-ray (more info)

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Mount Rushmore
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This Day in History for October 31 — Mount Rushmore Completed, and More

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

1864: Nevada is admitted as the 36th state in the U.S. (more info)

1926: Magician Harry Houdini dies of gangrene and peritonitis that developed after his appendix ruptured (more info)

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