1789 – A national Thanksgiving Day is observed in the United States as proclaimed by President George Washington at the request of Congress.
1805 – Official opening of Thomas Telford’s Pontcysyllte Aqueduct.
1825 – At Union College in Schenectady, New York, a group of college students form the Kappa Alpha Society, the first college social fraternity.
1863 – United States President Abraham Lincoln proclaims November 26 as a national Thanksgiving Day, to be celebrated annually on the final Thursday of November. Following the Franksgiving controversy from 1939 to 1941 – when FDR moved Thanksgiving a week early to bolster retail sales, it has been observed on the fourth Thursday of the month.
1922 – Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon become the first people to enter the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun in over 3000 years.
1942 – Casablanca, the movie starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, premieres in New York City. The premier was moved forward to take advantage of publicity raised from the Allied Invasion of North Africa a few weeks earlier.
1970 – In Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe, 1.5 inches, 38.1 mm, of rain fall in a minute, the heaviest rainfall ever recorded.
2003 – The Concorde makes its final flight, over Bristol, England.
2004 – The last Poʻouli, or Black-faced honeycreeper, dies of avian malaria in the Maui Bird Conservation Center in Olinda, Hawaii, before it could breed, making the species in all probability extinct.
2011 – The Mars Science Laboratory launches to Mars with the Curiosity Rover.
Self-portrait of the Mars Science Laboratory
1919 – Frederik Pohl, American journalist and author (d. 2013)
1956 – Tommy Dorsey, American trombonist, trumpet player, and composer (b. 1905)