• On Nov. 27, 1703, an unusual storm system finally dissipates over England after wreaking havoc on the country for nearly two weeks. Featuring hurricane strength winds, the storm killed somewhere between 10,000 and 30,000 people and sank hundreds of Royal Navy ships.
• On Nov. 22, 1783, John Hanson, the first president of the Continental Congress under the Articles of Confederation, dies in his home state of Maryland. Hanson is sometimes called the first president of the United States, but this is a misnomer, since the presidency did not exist until 1789.
• On Nov. 28, 1925, the Grand Ole Opry, one of the longest-lived and most popular showcases for Country Western music, begins broadcasting live from Nashville, Tennessee. The showcase was originally named the Barn Dance, after a Chicago radio program called the National Barn Dance.
• On Nov. 25, 1980, Sugar Ray Leonard regains boxing’s welterweight title when his opponent, reigning champ Roberto Duran, waves his arms and walks away from the fight in the eighth round, telling the referee “No mas, no mas” (“No more”). Duran maintained that he had stomach cramps and could barely stand up.
• On Nov. 24, 1944, 111 U.S. B-29 Superfortress bombers raid Tokyo for the first time since 1942. Their target: the Nakajima aircraft engine works. Despite the barrage of bombs that were dropped, fewer than 50 hit the main target, doing little damage.
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