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Friday, November 26, 2010

This Day in History: November 26

1789: A day of thanksgiving was set aside by President George Washington to observe the adoption of the U.S. Constitution.

1825: The first college social fraternity, Kappa Alpha, was formed at Union College in Schenectady, N.Y.

1832: Public streetcar service began in New York City.

1940: The half million Jews of Warsaw, Poland, were forced by the Nazis to live within a walled ghetto.

1942: "Casablanca," starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, had its world premiere at the Hollywood Theater in New York.

1942: President Roosevelt ordered nationwide gasoline rationing, beginning December 1.

1949: India adopted a constitution as a republic within the British Commonwealth.

1950: China entered the Korean War, launching a counter-offensive against soldiers from the United Nations, the United States and South Korea.

1973: President Richard Nixon's personal secretary, Rose Mary Woods, told a federal court that she'd accidentally caused part of the 18 1/2-minute gap in a key Watergate tape.

1975: A federal jury found Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, a follower of Charles Manson, guilty of trying to assassinate President Gerald R. Ford.

1992: Britain announced that Queen Elizabeth II had volunteered to start paying taxes on her personal income, and would take her children off the public payroll.

2000: Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris certified Republican George W. Bush the winner over Democrat Al Gore in the state's presidential balloting by 537 votes.
2008: Terrorists launched commando-style attacks on two luxury hotels, a Jewish center and a crowded train station in Mumbai, India, killing 166 people.

2009: An investigation ordered by Ireland's government found that Roman Catholic Church leaders in Dublin had spent decades sheltering child-abusing priests from the law and that most fellow clerics turned a blind eye.


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