November 11

1620

The Mayflower Compact was signed by Pilgrims aboard the Mayflower. It would provide the basis for all governments of the American colonies.

1831

Former slave Nat Turner was executed.

1889

Washington became the 42nd state.

1918

The Allies and Germany signed an armistice ending World War I.

1921

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was dedicated in Arlington National Cemetery.

1965

Rhodesia proclaimed its independence from Britain.

1992

The Church of England voted to ordain women as priests.

2004

Yasir Arafat, chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization, died in Paris. Mahmoud Abbas was elected to take his place.

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