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This Day In History: Nov. 20

This Day in History

1789: New Jersey becomes the first state to ratify the Bill of Rights.
1815: In the aftermath of Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo, the 1815 Treaty of Paris, a treaty of alliance, is signed by France's opponents: Great Britain, Austria, Russia, and Prussia.
1945: The Nuremberg Trials of Nazi war criminals begin in Germany.
1947: Britain's Princess Elizabeth, heir to the throne, marries Philip Mountbatten.
1950: In the Korean War, U.S. forces reach the China border.
1975: Francisco Franco, authoritarian leader of Spain from 1939 to 1975, dies in Madrid.

Today's Birthdays

1841: Wilfrid Laurier, Canadian statesman (Saint Lin--now Laurentides, Québec; died 1919)
1866: Kenesaw Mountain Landis, first commissioner of baseball (Milville, OH; died 1944)
1884: Norman Thomas, American Socialist party leader and six-time presidential candidate (Marion, OH; died 1968)
1886: Karl von Frisch, Austrian zoologist and Nobel laureate (Vienna, Austria; died 1982)
1889: Edwin Hubble, astronomer (Marshfield, MO; died 1953)
1900: Chester Gould, cartoonist and creator of Dick Tracy (Pawnee, OK; died 1985)
1908: Alistair Cooke, broadcaster (Manchester, England; died 2004)
1920: Gene Tierney, actress (Brooklyn, NY; died 1991)
1923: Nadine Gordimer, writer (Springs, South Africa)
1925: Robert F. Kennedy, senator and presidential aspirant (Brookline, MA; died 1968)
1926: Kaye Ballard, actress (Cleveland, OH)
1927: Estelle Parsons, actress (Lynn, MA)
1932: Richard Dawson, actor and TV personality (Hampshire, England)
1946: Judy Woodruff, TV journalist (Tulsa, OK)
1956: Bo Derek, actress (Long Beach, CA)


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