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Today In History - November 20
Robert F. Kennedy Justice Building
Robert F. Kennedy Justice Building

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Today in History in 2001 in Washington, D.C., U.S. President George W. Bush dedicated the United States Department of Justice headquarters building as the Robert F. Kennedy Justice Building, honoring the late Robert F. Kennedy on what would have been his 76th birthday.

Our on this day in history archives contain over 200,000 events, birthdays and deaths from 6,000 years of history. Here is a roundup of a few of them:

Historical Events

  • 284 - Diocletian is proclaimed Roman Emperor by his soldiers in the army of the east
  • 762 - Bögü, Khan of the Uyghurs, conquers Lo-Yang, capital of the Chinese Empire.
  • 1695 - Zumbi, the last of the leaders of Quilombo dos Palmares in early Brazil and ex-slave, is executed.
  • 1789 - New Jersey is 1st state to ratify Bill of Rights
  • 1815 - 2nd Peace of Paris: France & allies after 2nd defeat and abdication of Napoleon Bonaparte.
  • 1911 - The funeral of Paul and Laura (daughter of Karl Marx) Lafargue in Paris is attended by Lenin; the two socialists died in a suicide pact in the belief that their political usefulness was at an end
  • 1942 - Soviet army offensive during WWII, 1 million Russians breach German lines
  • 1969 - Pele scores his 1,000th soccer goal
  • 1975 - Ronald Reagan announces candidacy for Republican nomination for US President
  • 1982 - Drew Barrymore at age 7 hosts Saturday Night Live
  • 2001 - In Washington, D.C., U.S. President George W. Bush dedicates the United States Department of Justice headquarters building as the Robert F. Kennedy Justice Building, honoring the late Robert F. Kennedy on what would have been his 76th birthday.


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Famous Birthdays

  • 1858 - Selma Lagerlöf, Mårbacka, Värmland, author and Nobel laureate (The Wonderful Adventures of Nils), (d. 1940)
  • 1889 - Edwin Hubble, astronomer (discoverer of galaxies, red shift)
  • 1925 - Robert Francis Kennedy, Brookline, Mass (D-Sen-NY, US Attorney General), (d. 1968)
  • 1926 - Kaye Ballard, Cleveland, Ohio, actress/comedienne (Kaye-Mothers-in-Law)
  • 1927 - Estelle Parsons, Lynn Mass, actress (Rachel Rachel, Bonnie & Clyde)
  • 1928 - Franklin Cover, Cleveland, actor (Tom-The Jeffersons)
  • 1929 - Dick Clark, Mt Vernon NY, TV host (American Bandstand), (d. 2012)
  • 1939 - Dick Smothers, NYC, comedian (Smother Brothers' Show)
  • 1956 - Bo Derek, [Mary Collins], Long Beach Caliaforia, actress (10, Tarzan the Ape Man)

Famous Weddings

  • 1895 - Businessman Harvey Firestone (26) weds composer Idabelle Smith (21)
  • 1932 - Blues musician Muddy Waters (19) weds Mabel Berry
  • 1937 - Actor Jackie Coogan (23) weds actress Betty Grable (20) at St. Brendan Catholic Church in Los Angeles
  • 1944 - Model agency executive Eileen Ford (22) weds businessman Gerard W. Ford (20) in San Francisco, California
  • 1947 - Future British Queen Princess Elizabeth II (21) weds Lt Philip Mountbatten (26) in Westminster Abbey, London

Famous Divorces

  • 2007 - Linda Bollea (46) divorces professional wrestler Hulk Hogan (53) after 23 years of marriage

Famous Deaths

  • 1903 - Tom Horn, American gunfighter and outlaw, hanged to death at 42
  • 1910 - Leo Tolstoy, Russian author (Anna Karenina), dies at 82 [NS]
  • 1973 - Allan Sherman, parodist (Camp Granada, Harvey & Sheila), dies at 48
  • 1975 - Francisco Franco, Spanish dictator (1936-75), dies at 82
  • 1985 - Bill Scott, cartoon voice (Mr Peabody, Bullwinkle), dies at 65
  • 1993 - Emile Ardolino, director (Dirty Dancing), dies at 50 of AIDs


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