Today in history
In 1620 as the Mayflower anchored off the Massachusetts coast, 41 Pilgrims aboard signed the Mayflower Compact, setting basic rules for their new settlement.
In 1889 Washington became the 42nd state.
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.
In 1966 Gemini 12 blasted off from Cape Kennedy, Fla., with astronauts James Lovell and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin Jr. aboard.
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 1987, President Ronald Reagan announced his choice of Judge Anthony Kennedy.