Today in History: November 20

Today in History: November 20

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0269

Diocletian is proclaimed emperor of Numerian in Asia Minor by his soldiers. He had been the commander of the emperor's bodyguard.

1695

Zumbi dos Palmares, the Brazilian leader of a 100-year-old rebel slave group, is killed in an ambush.

1700

Sweden's 17-year-old King Charles XII defeats the Russians at Narva.

1903

In Cheyenne, Wyoming, 42-year-old hired gunman Tom Horn is hanged for the murder of 14-year-old Willie Nickell.

1914

Bulgaria proclaims its neutrality in the First World War.

1928

Mrs. Glen Hyde becomes the first woman to dare the Grand Canyon rapids in a scow (a flat-bottomed boat that is pushed along with a pole).

1931

Japan and China reject the League of Council terms for Manchuria at Geneva.

1943

U.S. Army and Marine soldiers attack the Japanese-held islands of Makin and Tarawa, respectively, in the Central Pacific.

1945

The Nazi war crime trials begin at Nuremberg.

1947

Princess Elizabeth (future Queen Elizabeth II) marries Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, in Westminster Abbey.

1950

U.S. troops push to the Yalu River, within five miles of Manchuria.

1955

The Maryland National Guard is ordered desegregated.

1962

President John F. Kennedy bars religious or racial discrimination in federally funded housing.

1967

U.S. census reports the population at 200 million.

1971

The United States announces it will give Turkey $35 million for farmers who agree to stop growing opium poppies.

1974

The United States files an antitrust suit to break up ATT.

1978

South Africa backs down on a plan to install black rule in neighboring Namibia.

1981

Microsoft Windows 1.0 released.

1992

Fire in England's Windsor Castle causes over £50 million in damages.

1998

First module of the International Space Station, Zarya, is launched.

2008

Dow Jones Industrial Average sinks to lowest level in 11 years in response to failures in the US financial system.