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On November, 1, 1924, the man who brought law and order to the Wild West, William "Uncle Billy" Tilghman, was murdered.

On November 2, 1989, Gwendolyn Graham was sentenced to a term of life in prison for the brutal murder of five women.

On November 3, 1941, Hideki Tojo, the minister of war in Japan, issued Top-Secret Operations Order No. 1, which required the Combine Japanese Fleet to bomb Pearl Harbor on December 7th of that year.

On November 4, 1862, the election was over, and President Abraham Lincoln and the Republican Party were very disappointed by the results.

On November 5, 2006, Saddam Hussein, former president of Iraq, was convicted for crimes against humanity and sentenced to death by hanging.

On November 6, 1844, the Dominican Republic adopted its first constitution modeled after the United States.

On November 7, 1961, the citizens of Cleveland, Ohio elected Carl B. Stokes as the first black mayor of a major U.S. city.

On November 8, 1960, John F. Kennedy was elected as the 35th President of the United States.

On November 9, 1918, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany abdicated during the German Revolution and Germany created its first republic called the Weimar Republic.

On November 10, 1775, the Marine Corps was founded in Tun Tavern, Philadelphia, PA through a resolution by the Continental Congress.

On November 11, 1942, the draft age was lowered by Congress to 18, and the age limit was raised to age 37.

On November 12, 1439, Plymouth, England, became the first town incorporated in England by the English Parliament.

On November 13, 2000, Philippine President Joseph Estrada was impeached by the Philippine House of Representatives for corrupt government activities

On November 14, 1918, Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk was elected as the first President of Czechoslovakia by the National Assembly in Prague.

On November 15, 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt laid the cornerstone for the Thomas Jefferson Memorial in Washington D.C.

On November 16, 1973, President Richard Nixon signed the Trans-Alaska Pipeline Authorization Act, which authorized the construction of the Alaska Pipeline.

On November 17, 1777, the United States Congress submitted the Articles of Confederation to the various states for purposes of ratification.

On November 18, 2002, a team of United Nations’ inspectors led by Hans Blix arrived in Baghdad, Iraq to look for weapons of mass destruction.

On November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address at a military ceremony in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

On November 20, 1910, Francisco Madero issued the Plan de San Luis Potosi which directly led to the the beginning of the Mexican Revolution.

On November 21, 1995, the Dayton Accords came to a close at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, near Dayton, Ohio, to end the Bosnian War.

On November 22, 1963, President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. He was just 46-years-old.

On November 23, 1981, President Ronald Reagan put his signature on a document known as the National Security Decision Directive 17 (NSDD-17), a top-secret document that gave the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) power to support the Contras.

On November 24, 1973, Germany imposed a national speed limit of 100 kilometers per hour on its Autobahn in response to the 1973 oil crisis.

On November 25, 1947, New Zealand adopted the Statute of Westminster and became a sovereign country.

On November 26, 1789, President George Washington issued a historical presidential proclamation where he declared Thursday, November 26th as a national day of public “thanksgiving and prayer.”

On November 27, 1954, Alger Hiss was released from prison after serving 44 months for perjury stemming from a case where he was accused of being a Soviet spy.

On November 28, 1919, Lady Astor was elected to British Parliament and became the first woman to sit in England’s House of Commons.

On November 29, 1775, the Committee of Secret Correspondence was created by the Second Continental Congress.

On November 30, 1993, the Brady Bill was signed into law by the 42nd President of the United States, Bill Clinton.