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On November 22nd, 1963, President
Kennedy was shot to death while riding in a
motorcade in Dallas. Texas Governor John B.
Connally, in the same limousine as Kennedy, was
seriously wounded. Lee Harvey Oswald, suspected
of assassinating the president, was arrested.
On this date:
In 1718, English pirate Edward
Teach -- better known as "Blackbeard"
-- was killed during a battle off the Virginia
In 1890, French
president Charles de Gaulle was born in Lille,
In 1906, the
"SOS" distress signal was adopted at
the International Radio Telegraphic Convention in
"Bolero" by Maurice Ravel made its
debut in Paris.
In 1943, President
Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston
Churchill and Chinese leader Chiang Kai-shek met
in Cairo to discuss measures for defeating Japan.
In 1943, lyricist
Lorenz Hart died in New York at age 48.
In 1965, the
musical "Man of La Mancha" opened in
In 1975, Juan
Carlos was proclaimed King of Spain.
In 1977, regular
passenger service between New York and Europe on
the supersonic Concorde began on a trial basis.
In 1980, death
claimed actress Mae West at her Hollywood
residence at age 87 and former House Speaker John
W. McCormack in Dedham, Massachusetts, at age 88.
Ten years ago:
President Bush, his wife, Barbara, and top
congressional leaders shared Thanksgiving dinner
with US troops in Saudi Arabia. British Prime
Minister Margaret Thatcher, having failed to win
re-election of the Conservative Party leadership
on the first ballot, announced her resignation.
Five years ago:
Acting swiftly to boost the Balkan peace accord,
the UN Security Council suspended economic
sanctions against Serbia and eased the arms
embargo against the states of the former
Yugoslavia. The Commerce Department reported the
US trade deficit had narrowed to its lowest level
in nine months.
One year ago:
During a visit to the former communist country of
Bulgaria, President Clinton promised tens of
thousands of cheering Bulgarians in Sofia that
"you too shall overcome" in their
difficult struggle for democracy and prosperity.
"In youth we feel
richer for every new illusion; in maturer years,
for every one we lose."
Anne Sophie Swetchine, Russian-French author