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On This Day: November 25

This is the 329th day of the year.

Fact of the Day: wedding ring

The custom of wearing the wedding ring on the third finger of the left hand began with the Greeks in the third century BC. Greek physicians thought that particular finger had a "vein of love" running to the heart.

Holidays

Feast day of St. Moses the Martyr and St. Mercurius of Caesarea.

Suriname: Independence Day (from Netherlands).

Canada: St. Catherine's Day (patron saint of maidens, mechanics, philosophers).

Events

1602 - Explorer Sebastián Vizcaíno gave Santa Catalina Island its present name.

1758 - The British captured Fort Duquesne in the French and Indian War.

1783 - The British evacuated New York City, their last military position of the Revolutionary War. George Washington entered the city in triumph. The British had captured the city in 1776 and held it for seven years.

1884 - Evaporated milk was patented by John Mayenberg of St. Louis.

1952 - Agatha Christie's play "The Mousetrap" opened at London's Ambassadors Theatre -- starting the longest continuous run of any theatrical show in the world.

1963 - Assassinated President John F. Kennedy was buried with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery.

1973 - Greek President George Papadopoulos was ousted in a bloodless military coup.

1974 - The British government outlawed the IRA in all of Great Britain, including Northern Ireland, after IRA bombs hurt and killed many in Birmingham, England.

1975 - Suriname, formerly called Dutch Guiana, became an independent republic.

1986 - President Ronald Reagan and Attorney General Edwin Meese divulged that profits from secret arms sales to Iran had been diverted to Nicaraguan rebels, revealing the Iran-Contra Affair.

1999 - Six-year-old Cuban refugee Eli�n Gonz�lez was rescued by two fishermen off the coast of Florida.

2003 - Officials in Yemen arrested Mohammed Hamdi al-Ahdal, a top al-Qaida member suspected of masterminding the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole and the 2002 bombing of a French oil tanker off Yemen's coast.

Births

1835 - Andrew Carnegie, American industrialist, philanthropist.

1844 - Carl Benz, German engineer and car manufacturer.

1846 - Carry Nation, American temperance advocate.

1914 - Joe DiMaggio, American baseball Hall-of-Famer.

1960 - John F. Kennedy, Jr., attorney, cofounder of "George" magazine, son of President John F.Kennedy.

Deaths

1949 - Bojangles (Bill Robinson), American stage and film tapdancer and entertainer.

1957 - Diego Rivera (Diego Mar�a de la Concepci�n Juan Nepomuceno Estanislao de la Rivera y Barrientos Acosta y Rodr�guez), a cubist Mexican painter and muralist.

1968 - Upton Sinclair, American novelist.

1970 - Yukio Mishima, prolific Japanese novelist.







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