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1766 — Rut­gers, the State Univer­sity of New Jersey, had its be­gin­nings as Wil­liam Franklin, the Royal Gov­er­nor of New Jersey, signed a char­ter es­tab­lish­ing Queen’s Col­lege in New Brunswick.

1775 — The U.S. Marines were or­ga­nized un­der au­thor­ity of the Con­ti­nen­tal Congress. 1864 — The city of Rome, Ge­or­gia, was burned by Union forces com­manded by Gen. Wil­liam Te­cum­seh Sher­man dur­ing his “March to the Sea.”

1871 — Jour­nal­ist-ex­plorer Henry M. Stan­ley found Scot­tish mis­sion­ary David Liv­ing­stone, who had not been heard from for years, near Lake Tan­ganyika in cen­tral Africa.

1917 — Forty-one suf­frag­ists were ar­rested for pick­et­ing in front of the White House. 1938 — Kate Smith first sang Irv­ing Ber­lin’s “God Bless Amer­ica” on her CBS ra­dio pro­gram.

1942 — Win­ston Churchill de­liv­ered a speech in Lon­don in which he said, “I have not be­come the King’s First Min­is­ter to pre­side over the liq­ui­da­tion of the Bri­tish Em­pire.”

1951 — Cus­tomer-di­aled long-dis­tance tele­phone ser­vice be­gan as Mayor M. Les­lie Den­ning of En­gle­wood, New Jersey, called Alameda, Cal­i­for­nia, Mayor Frank Osborne with­out op­er­a­tor as­sis­tance.

1954 — The U.S. Marine Corps Me­mo­rial, de­pict­ing the rais­ing of the Amer­i­can flag on Iwo Jima in 1945, was ded­i­cated by Pres­i­dent Dwight D. Eisen­hower in Ar­ling­ton, Vir­ginia.

1969 — The chil­dren’s ed­u­ca­tional pro­gram “Se­same Street” made its de­but on Na­tional Ed­u­ca­tional Tele­vi­sion (later PBS).

1975 — The ore-haul­ing ship SS Ed­mund Fitzger­ald mys­te­ri­ously sank dur­ing a storm in Lake Su­pe­rior with the loss of all 29 crew mem­bers.

1997 — A judge in Cam­bridge, Mas­sachusetts, re­duced Louise Wood­ward’s mur­der con­vic­tion to in­vol­un­tary man­slaugh­ter and sen­tenced the English au pair to the 279 days she’d al­ready served in the death of 8-mon­thold Matthew Eap­pen.

2007 — A stage­hands strike shut down most Broad­way shows, with cur­tains ris­ing again 19 days later.

2012 — Af­ter a 32-year ca­reer in ed­u­ca­tion, Floyd County Schools Su­per­in­ten­dent Lynn Plun­kett an­nounced her re­tire­ment ef­fec­tive Nov. 28.

‘Men get opin­ions as boys learn to spell, By re­it­er­a­tion chiefly.’ El­iz­a­beth Bar­rett Brown­ing English poet (1806-1861)

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