Today in History: November 26

Today in History: November 26

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1688

Louis XIV declares war on the Netherlands.

1774

A congress of colonial leaders criticizes British influence in the colonies and affirms their right to "Life, liberty and property."

1789

George Washington proclaims this a National Thanksgiving Day in honor of the new Constitution. This date was later used to set the date for Thanksgiving.

1812

Napoleon Bonaparte's army begins crossing the Beresina River over two hastily constructed bridges.

1825

The Kappa Alpha Society, the second American college Greek-letter fraternity, is founded.

1863

The first National Thanksgiving is celebrated.

1901

The Hope diamond is brought to New York.

1907

The Duma lends support to Czar in St. Petersburg, who claims he has renounced autocracy.

1917

The Bolsheviks offer an armistice between Russian and the Central Powers.

1922

Lord Carnarvon and Howard Carter, archeologists, open King Tut's tomb, undisturbed for 3,000 years.

1938

Poland renews nonaggression pact with the Soviet Union to protect against a German invasion.

1939

The Soviet Union charges Finland with artillery attack on border.

1941

The Japanese fleet departs from the Kuril Islands en route to its attack on Pearl Harbor.

1947

France expels 19 Soviet citizens, charging them with intervention in internal affairs.

1949

India becomes a sovereign Democratic republic.

1950

North Korean and Chinese troops halt a UN offensive.

1957

President Eisenhower suffers a minor stroke.

1975

Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme is found guilty of an attempt on President Gerald Ford's life.

1979

Oil deposits equaling OPEC reserves are found in Venezuela.

1982

Yasuhiro Nakasone is elected the 71st Japanese prime minister.

1983

At London's Heathrow Airport, almost 6,800 gold bars worth nearly £26 million stolen from Brinks-MAT vault.

1998

Tony Blair becomes the first Prime Minister of the United Kingdom to address the Republic of Ireland's parliament.

2000

Republican candidate George W. Bush is certified the winner of Florida's electoral votes, giving him enough electoral votes to defeat Democrat Al Gore Jr. for the US presidency, despite losing the popular vote.

2011

NATO forces in Afghanistan attack a Pakistani checkpost in a friendly fire incident, killing 24 soldiers and wounding 13 others.