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Moments in time




 

 

• On Nov. 25, 1783, nearly three months after the Treaty of Paris was signed ending the American Revolution, the fi- nal British soldiers withdraw from New York City, the last British military position in the United States. The city had been in British hands since 1776.

• On Nov. 26, 1898, a powerful winter storm batters New England, killing at least 450 people in New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts. Blizzard conditions caused 20-foot snowdrifts, some 100 ships were blown ashore in Boston and another 40 were sunk. About 100 people died when a steamer sank near Cape Cod, filling the harbors and nearby beaches with bodies and debris.

• On Nov. 23, 1936, the first issue of the pictorial magazine Life is published, and it quickly became an overwhelming success. At its peak, the magazine had a circulation of more than 8 million. Life ceased running as a weekly publication in 1972.

• On Nov. 27, 1942, guitar legend Jimi Hendrix is born in Seattle. Hendrix made his first U.S. appearance at California’s Monterey Pop Festival in 1967. He made a splash by burning his guitar and was quickly established as a rock superstar.

• On Nov. 22, 1963, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States, is assassinated while traveling in a motorcade through Dallas. First lady Jacqueline Kennedy was beside him, along with Texas Gov. John Connally and his wife. Lee Harvey Oswald allegedly fired three shots from the sixth floor of the Texas Book Depository.

• On Nov. 21, 1980, 350 million people around the world tune in to television’s popular primetime drama “Dallas” to find out who shot J.R. Ewing, the character fans loved to hate. J.R. had been shot on the season-ending episode the previous March.


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