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This Day in History for December 3 — Illinois Becomes a State, and More

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

1818: Illinois becomes the 21st U.S. state (more info)

1964: Police arrest over 800 students at the University of California-Berkeley following their takeover and sit-in at the administration building to demonstrate against the regents' decision to forbid protests on U.C. property (more info)

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This Day in History for December 1 — Rosa Parks Arrested, and More

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

1824: Congress acts to decide a presidential election for the first time in history, giving the presidency to John Quincy Adams (more info)

1913: The Ford Motor Company introduces the first moving assembly line, reducing the time needed to build a car from 12 hours to just under three (more info)

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This Day in History for November 29 — State of Israel Formed, and More

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

1929: American explorer Richard Byrd and three companions become the first to fly over the South Pole (more info)

1947: Despite strong Arab opposition, the United Nations votes for the partition of Palestine and the creation of the independent Jewish state of Israel (more info)

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This Day in History for November 28 — Magellan Reaches Pacific Ocean, and More

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

1520: Ferdinand Magellan reaches the Pacific Ocean with three ships, becoming the first European to sail from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific (more info)

1895: Frank Duryea wins the first motor-car race in the United States (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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This Day in History for November 20 — Nuremberg Trials Begin, and More

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

1945: Trials against 24 Nazi war criminals start at the Palace of Justice in Nuremberg, Germany (more info)

1947: Princess—now Queen—Elizabeth marries Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten at Westminster Abbey in London (more info)

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This Day in History for November 19 — Reagan Meets Gorbachev, and More

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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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This Day in History for November 13 — Vietnam Memorial Dedicated, and More

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

1841: James Braid first sees a demonstration of animal magnetism, which leads to his study of the subject he eventually calls hypnotism (more info)

1927: The Holland Tunnel opens to traffic as the first Hudson River car tunnel linking New Jersey to New York City (more info)

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

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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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This Day in History for November 6 — Abraham Lincoln Elected, and More

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

1860: Abraham Lincoln is elected the 16th president of the United States (more info)

1913: Mohandas Gandhi is arrested while leading a march of Indian miners in South Africa (more info)

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This Day in History for November 5 — Susan B. Anthony Becomes First Female Voter, and More

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

1872: In defiance of the law, suffragist Susan B. Anthony votes for the first time and is later fined $100 (more info)

1895: George B. Selden is granted the first U.S. patent for a gas-powered automobile (more info)

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