What Happened on November 20


Historical Events

1789 – New Jersey is 1st state to ratify Bill of Rights
1815 – Russia, Prussia, Austria and England sign an Alliance “for the maintenance of peace in Europe” on the same day as the Treaty of Paris
1983 – NY Giants Butch Woolfolk ties NFL record of 43 attempts rushing
1988 – Boston College beats Army 38-24 in the ‘Emerald isle Classic’ at Dublin’s Lansdowne Road Stadium, the first NCAA American Football game to be played in Europe
1997 – Yohannes Haile-Selassie discovers the partial skull of a 2.5 million year old human ancestor, confirming and establishing the new species Australopithecus garhi, in Bouri, Middle Awash, Ethiopia
1997 – NY Islanders lose, beginning a 10 game losing streak

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Famous Birthdays

1752 – Thomas Chatterton, English poet (Christabel), born in Bristol, England (d. 1770)
1913 – Judy Canova, American comedian and actress (Cannonball), born in Starke, Florida (d. 1983)
1916 – Evelyn Keyes, American actress (Adventure of Martin Eden), born in Port Arthur, Texas (d. 2008)
1941 – Haseena Moin, Pakistani television drama writer and Urdu playwright, born in Kanpur, India
1970 – Geoffrey Keezer, American jazz pianist, born in Eau Claire, Wisconsin
1972 – Sheema Kalbasi, Iranian born poet, born in Tehran, Iran

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Famous Deaths

1591 – Christopher Hatton, English politician (b. 1540)
1894 – Anton Rubinstein, Russian pianist and composer (Dmitri Donskoi), dies at 64
1917 – Alfredo Napoleão dos Santos, Portuguese pianist, and composer, dies at 65
1952 – Benedetto Croce, Italian philosopher and politician (La Critica), dies at 86
1995 – Sergei Grinkov, Russian figure skater (with Ekaterina Gordeeva – Pairs World Championship, 1986-87, 1989-90; Olympic gold, 1988 and 94), dies at 28 of a heart attack on the practice rink in Lake Placid, New York,
2009 – Max Robertson, British sports commentator, dies at 94

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