ON NOVEMBER 11 ...
In 1620 aboard the Mayflower anchored off the Massachusetts coast, 41 Pilgrims signed the Mayflower Compact, setting basic rules for their new settlement.
In 1831 former slave Nat Turner, who had led a violent insurrection, was executed in Jerusalem, Va.
Liliuokalani, Hawaii’s first and only queen and its last monarch, died in Honolulu; she was 79.
In 1918 fighting in World War I came to an end with the signing of an armistice between the Allies and Germany.
In 1921 the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, now known as the Tomb of the Unknowns, was dedicated in Arlington National Cemetery at an Armistice Day (now Veterans Day) ceremony attended by President Warren Harding.
In 1942 during World War II, Germany completed its occupation of France.
In 1972 the Army turned over its base at Long Binh to the South Vietnamese, symbolizing the end of direct U.S. military involvement in the Vietnam War.
In 1981 stuntman Dan Goodwin scaled the outside of Chicago’s John Hancock Center in nearly 6 hours.
In 2004 Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat died at a military hospital in Paris; he was 75.
In 2009 a DuPage County jury sentenced Brian Dugan to death for the 1983 kidnapping, rape and murder of 10-year-old Jeanine Nicarico.
In 2014 Lee Joon-seok avoided the death penalty when South Korean judges found him not guilty of murder in the April 2014 sinking of the Sewol ferry ship he commanded, in which more than 300 people died. He was sentenced to 36 years in prison for professional negligence resulting in death.