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On November 19th, 1863, President
Lincoln delivered the
Gettysburg Address as he dedicated a national
cemetery at the site of the Civil War battlefield
On this date:
In 1794, the United States and
Britain signed the Jay Treaty, which resolved
some issues left over from the Revolutionary War.
In 1831, the 20th
president of the United States, James Garfield,
was born in Orange, Ohio.
In 1919, the
Senate rejected the Treaty of Versailles by a
vote of 55 in favor to 39 against, short of the
two-thirds majority needed for ratification.
In 1942, during
World War Two, Russian forces launched their
winter offensive against the Germans along the
In 1949, Monaco
held a coronation for its new ruler, Prince
Rainier the Third, six months after he succeeded
his grandfather, Prince Louis the Second.
In 1959, Ford
Motor Company announced it was halting production
of the unpopular "Edsel."
"Apollo 12" astronauts Charles Conrad
and Alan Bean made man's second landing on the
In 1977, Egyptian
President Anwar Sadat became the first Arab
leader to visit Israel.
In 1985, President
Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev met
for the first time as they began their summit in
In 1988, shipping
heiress Christina Onassis died in Buenos Aires,
Argentina, at age 37.
Ten years ago:
Leaders of 16 NATO members and the remaining six
Warsaw Pact nations signed treaties in Paris
making sweeping cuts in conventional arms
throughout Europe and pledging non-aggression
toward one another. The pop duo Milli Vanilli
were stripped of their Grammy Award because other
singers had lent their voices to the "Girl
You Know It's True" album.
Five years ago:
The Clinton administration and Republican
congressional leaders reached a deal to end a
six-day budget standoff and resulting partial
government shutdown. Polish President Lech Walesa
was defeated in his bid for re-election.
One year ago:
Hundreds of anti-American protesters battled riot
police and set stores and banks ablaze as
President Clinton rode through Athens in a tight
security cocoon and proclaimed a "profound
and enduring friendship" with Greece. World
leaders at the Organization for Security and
Cooperation in Europe in Turkey signed a treaty
cutting the number of tanks and non-nuclear
weapons systems across Europe.
"The facts are
always less than what really happened."
Nadine Gordimer, South African Nobel