To­day in his­tory

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Nation & World -

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.

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