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By Tim ONeill
Funny Guy 

Congress meets for first time in D.C., Sherman begins march

This week in history


Nov. 13: 1927—The Holland Tunnel opens to connect New York to New Jersey. It is the first U.S. underground automobile route. 1946—Vincent J. Schaefer produces the first artificial snow over Mt. Greylock, Mass. 1967 –The American Tribal Love Rock Musical, Hair, opens off-Broadway at the Public Theater in New York. Born: Augustine of Hippo a/k/a St. Augustine (354). Died: Karen Silkwood (1974). National Indian Pudding Day. Today’s Word: Mumpsimus—Noun: A stubbornly held view even when shown to be wrong; one holding such a view.

Nov. 14: 1812—Napoleon retreats from Moscow as temperatures drop to 20 below zero. 1851—Herman Melville’s Moby Dick is published, with one of the best three-word opening lines in literary history (“Call me Ishmael”). 1908—Einstein presents his quantum theory of light. 1921—The Cherokee Indians ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review their claim to 1 million acres of land in Texas. 1940—German bombers devastate Coventry in Great Britain, killing 1,000 in the worst air raid of the war. 1960—President Dwight Eisenhower orders U.S. naval units into the Caribbean after Guatemala and Nicaragua charge Castro with starting uprisings. 1961—President Kennedy increases the number of American advisors in Vietnam from 1,000 to 16,000.

Nov. 15: 1777—The Continental Congress approves the Articles of Confederation, precursor to the U.S. Constitution. 1806—Explorer Zebulon Pike spots the mountaintop that became known as Pikes Peak. 1926—The National Broadcasting Co. (NBC) debutes with a radio network of 24 stations. The first network radio broadcast is a four-hour special. 1939—U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt lays the cornerstone of the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C. 1940—The first 75,000 men are called to Armed Forces duty under peacetime conscription. 1965—The Soviet probe, Venera 3, is launched from Baikonur, Kazakhstan. On March 1, 1966, it becomes the first unmanned spacecraft to reach the surface of another planet when it crashes on Venus. 1985—Britain and Ireland signed an accord giving Dublin an official consultative role in governing Northern Ireland.

Nov. 16: 1776—British troops capture Fort Washington during the American Revolution. 1864—Union Gen. William T. Sherman and his troops begin their “March to the Sea” during the Civil War. 1907—Oklahoma becomes the 46th state. 1915—Coca-Cola has its prototype for a countoured bottle patented. The bottle makes its commercial debut the next year. 1933—The United States and the Soviet Union establish diplomatic relations for the first time. 1952—In the Peanuts comic strip, Lucy first holds a football for Charlie Brown. 1985—Colonel Oliver North is put in charge of the shipment of HAWK anti-aircraft missiles to Iran. 1998—It is announced that Monica Lewinsky had signed a deal for the North American rights to a book about her affair with President Clinton. 1999—Johnny Depp getsw a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 2000—Bill Clinton becomes the first serving U.S. president to visit Communist Vietnam.

Nov. 17: 1800—The U.S. Congress holds its first session in Washington, D.C., in the partially completed Capitol building. 1869—The Suez Canal opens in Egypt, linking the Mediterranean and the Red seas. 1904—The first underwater submarine journey is taken, from Southampton, England, to the Isle of Wight. 1922—Siberia votes for union with the U.S.S.R. 1968—NBC cuts away from the final minutes of a New York Jets-Oakland Raiders game to begin a TV special, Heidi, on schedule. The Raiders come from behind to beat the Jets 43-32. 1990—A mass grave is discovered by the bridge over the River Kwai in Thailand. The bodies were believed to be those of World War II prisoners of war. 2010—Reasearchers trap 38 antihydrogen atoms. It is the first time humans had trapped antimatter. The antimatter is very upset.


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