TODAY IN HISTORY
Nov. 20, 1789
New Jersey became the first state to ratify the Bill of Rights.
ALSO ON THIS DATE 1620
Peregrine White was born aboard the Mayflower in Massachusetts Bay; he was the first child born of English parents in present-day New England.
The Nixon administration announced a halt to residential use of the pesticide DDT as part of a total phaseout. A group of American Indian activists began a 19-month occupation of Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay.
The boxing drama “Rocky,” starring Sylvester Stallone as a journeyman fighter who’s given the chance to face the heavyweight champion, premiered in New York.