Thursday, November 15, 2007

Today in History....November 15

* 1777, after 16 months of debate the Continental Congress approves the Articles of Confederation.

* 1854, in Egypt, the Suez Canal, linking the Mediterranean Sea with the Red Sea, is given the necessary royal concession

* 1864, Union General William Tecumseh Sherman burns Atlanta, Georgia and starts Sherman's March to the Sea

* 1889, Brazil was proclaimed a republic as its emperor, Dom Pedro II, was overthrown

* 1920 first assembly of the League of Nations is held in Geneva

* 1935, Canada and the United States signed the reciprocal trade agreement in Washington

* 1939, US President Franklin D. Roosevelt lays the cornerstone of the Jefferson Memorial

* 1966, the flight of Gemini 12 ended successfully as astronauts James A. Lovell and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin Junior splashed down safely in the Atlantic

* 1969, in Washington, D.C., 250,000-500,000 protesters staged a peaceful demonstration against the war, including a symbolic "March Against Death

* 1971, Intel releases world's first commercial single-chip microprocessor, the 4004

* 1979, a package from the Unabomber Ted Kaczynski begins smoking in the cargo hold of a flight from Chicago to Washington, forcing the plane to make an emergency landing

* 1985, a research assistant is injured as a package from the Unabomber addressed to a University of Michigan professor explodes


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