Today in History: November 11

Today in History: November 11

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1499

Pretender to the throne Perkin Warbeck is executed.

1778

Indians, led by William Butler, massacre the inhabitants of Cherry Valley, N.Y.

1831

Nat Turner, a slave who led a revolt against slave owners, is hanged in Jerusalem, Virginia.

1889

Washington becomes the 42nd state of the Union.

1909

Construction begins on the naval base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.

1918

The German leaders sign the armistice ending World War I.

1919

The first two-minutes' silence is observed in Britain to commemorate those who died in the Great War.

1921

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetery is dedicated.

1922

Canada's Vernon McKenzie urges to fight U.S. propaganda with taxes on U.S. magazines.

1933

The first of the great dust storms of the 1930s hits North Dakota.

1935

Albert Anderson and Orvil Anderson set a new altitude record in South Dakota, when they float to 74,000 feet in a balloon.

1938

Irving Berlin's "God Bless America" is performed for the first time by singer Kate Smith.

1940

Britain's Royal Navy attacks the Italian fleet at Taranto.

1944

Private Eddie Slovik is convicted of desertion and sentenced to death for refusing to join his unit in the European Theater of Operations.

1953

The polio virus is identified and photographed for the first time in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

1966

The United States launches Gemini 12, a two-man orbiter, into orbit.

1970

U.S. Army Special Forces raid the Son Tay prison camp in North Vietnam but find no prisoners.

1973

Israel and Egypt sign a cease-fire.

1973

The Soviet Union is kicked out of World Cup soccer for refusing to play Chile.

1987

An unidentified buyer buys Vincent Van Gogh's painting "Irises" from the estate of Joan Whitney Payson for $53.9 million at Sotheby's in New York.

1993

Sculpture honoring women who served in the Vietnam War dedicated at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC.

1999

House of Lords Act reforming Britain's House of Lords, given Royal Assent; the act removed the right to hereditary seats (sitting members were permitted to remain).

2001

Journalists Pierre Billaud (France), Johanne Sutton (France) and Voker Handloik (Germany) killed in Afghanistan during an attack on the convoy in which they were traveling.

2004

Palestine Liberation organization confirms the death of its longtime chairman Yasser Arafat; cause of death has never been conclusively determined.

2004

New Zealand Tomb of the Unknown Warrior dedicated at the National War Museum, Wellington.

2006

Queen Elizabeth II unveils New Zealand War Memorial in London.

2008

RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2)sets sail on her final voyage, bound for Dubai.