Today in History: November 15

Today in History: November 15

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1315

Swiss soldiers ambush and slaughter invading Austrians in the battle of Morgarten.

1533

The explorer Francisco Pizarro enters Cuzco, Peru.

1626

The Pilgrim Fathers, who have settled in New Plymouth, buy out their London investors.

1777

The Articles of Confederation, instituting perpetual union of the United States of America, are adopted by Congress.

1805

Meriwether Lewis, William Clark and their party reach the mouth of the Columbia River, completing their trek to the Pacific.

1806

Explorer Zebulon Pike discovers the Colorado Peak that bears his name, despite the fact that he didn't climb it.

1864

Union Major General William T. Sherman's troops set fires that destroy much of Atlanta's industrial district prior to beginning Sherman's March to the Sea.

1881

The American Federation of Labor is founded.

1909

M. Metrot takes off in a Voisin biplane from Algiers, making the first manned flight in Africa.

1917

Kerensky flees and Bolsheviks take command in Moscow.

1920

Forty-one nations open the first League of Nations session in Geneva..

1922

It is announced that Dr. Alexis Carrel has discovered white corpuscles.

1930

General strikes and riots paralyze Madrid, Spain.

1937

Eighteen lawsuits are brought against the Tennessee Valley Authority, calling for its dissolution.

1942

An American fleet defeats a Japanese naval force in a clash off Guadalcanal.

1946

The 17th Paris Air Show opens at the Grand Palais des Champs-Elysees. It is the first show of this kind since World War II.

1952

Newark Airport in New Jersey reopens after closing earlier in the year because of an increase in accidents.

1957

Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev asserts Soviet superiority in missiles, challenging the United States to a rocket-range shooting match.

1960

The first submarine with nuclear missiles, USS George Washington, takes to sea from Charleston, South Carolina.

1962

Cuba threatens to down U.S. planes on reconnaissance flights over its territory.

1963

Argentina voids all foreign oil contracts.

1965

In the second day of combat, regiments of the 1st Cavalry Division battle on Landing Zones X-Ray against North Vietnamese forces in the Ia Drang Valley.

1969

A quarter of a million anti-Vietnam War demonstrators march in Washington, D.C.

1976

A Syrian peace force takes control of Beirut, Lebanon.

1984

Baby Fae dies 20 days after receiving a baboon heart transplant in Loma Linda, California.

1985

Anglo-Irish Agreement signed by British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Irish Taoiseach Garret Fitzgerald.

1988

Palestinian National Council proclaims an independent State of Palestine.

1990

People's Republic of Bulgaria replaced by a new republican government.

2007

Cyclone Sidr strikes Bangladesh, killing an estimated 5,000 people.