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On November 25th, 1963, the body of President
Kennedy was laid to rest at Arlington National
Cemetery. (Pictured right: Caroline, Jacqueline
and John Kennedy, Jr.)
On this date:
In 1758, in the French and Indian War, the
British captured Fort Duquesne in present-day
In 1783, the
British evacuated New York, their last military
position in the United States during the
In 1835, American
industrialist Andrew Carnegie was born in
In 1920, radio
station WTAW of College Station, Texas, broadcast
the first play-by-play description of a football
game, between the University of Texas and Texas
In 1957, President
Eisenhower suffered a slight stroke.
In 1973, Greek
President George Papadopoulos was ousted in a
bloodless military coup.
In 1974, former UN
Secretary-General U Thant died in New York at age
In 1980, Sugar Ray
Leonard regained the World Boxing Council
welterweight championship when Roberto Duran
abruptly quit in the eighth round at the
In 1986, the
Iran-Contra affair erupted as President Reagan
and Attorney General Edwin Meese revealed that
profits from secret arms sales to Iran had been
diverted to Nicaraguan rebels.
In 1987, Harold
Washington, the first black mayor of Chicago,
died in office at age 65.
Ten years ago:
Poland held its first popular presidential
election. (Solidarity founder Lech Walesa, who
received a plurality of votes, won a runoff the
Five years ago: In
his weekly radio address, President Clinton
appealed to America's values and interests as he
pleaded for support for the Bosnia peace
agreement. Serbs in the Bosnian capital Sarajevo
took to the streets by the thousands to protest
the peace plan, vowing to fight to the death.
One year ago:
Five-year-old Elian Gonzalez was rescued by a
pair of sport fishermen off the coast of Florida.
Elian was one of three survivors from a boat
carrying 14 Cubans that had sunk two days earlier
in the Atlantic Ocean; his rescue set off an
international custody battle between relatives in
Miami and Elian's father in Cuba.
Amy Lowell, American poet, critic (1874-1925).