1271 – Kublai Khan renames his empire “Yuan”, officially marking the start of the Yuan dynasty of Mongolia and China.
1499 – Rebellion triggers in Alpujarras in response to the forced conversions of Muslims in Spain.
1655 – The Whitehall Conference ends with the determination that there was no law preventing Jews from re-entering England after the Edict of Expulsion of 1290.
1777 – The United States celebrates its first Thanksgiving, marking the recent victory by the American rebels over British General John Burgoyne at Saratoga in October.
1793 – Surrender of the frigate La Lutine by French Royalists to Lord Samuel Hood. Renamed HMS Lutine, she later becomes a famous treasure wreck.
1865 – US Secretary of State William Seward proclaims the adoption of the Thirteenth Amendment, prohibiting slavery throughout the USA.
1892 – Premiere performance of The Nutcracker by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
1917 – The resolution containing the language of the Eighteenth Amendment to enact Prohibition is passed by the United States Congress.
1966 – Saturn’s moon Epimetheus is discovered by astronomer Richard Walker.
2015 – Kellingley Colliery, the last deep coal mine in Great Britain, closes.
1856 – J. J. Thomson, English physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate remembered for his plum pudding model of the atom (d. 1940)
1890 – Edwin Howard Armstrong, American engineer, invented FM radio born in Chelsea, Manhattan (d. 1954)
1737 – Antonio Stradivari, Italian instrument maker (b. 1644)
1977 – Louis Untermeyer, New York born poet, anthologist, critic and fourteenth Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress (b. 1885)
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