This day in history

Monday, Nov. 11, is the 315th day of 2013. There are 50 days left in the year. This is Veterans Day in the United States and Remembrance Day in Canada.

Today’s birthdays: Jazz singer-musician Mose Allison is 86. Senator Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., is 73. Singer-songwriter Chris Smither is 69. The president of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, is 68. Singer Marshall Crenshaw is 60. Singer-guitarist Dave Alvin is 58. Actor Stanley Tucci is 53. Actress Demi Moore is 51. Actress Calista Flockhart is 49. Actor Leonardo DiCaprio is 39.

In 1620, 41 Pilgrims aboard the Mayflower, anchored off Massachusetts, signed a compact calling for a ‘‘body politick.’’


In 1831, former slave Nat Turner, who’d led a violent insurrection, was executed in Virginia.

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In 1889, Washington became the 42d 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 remains of an unidentified American service member were interred in a Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington.

In 1942, during World War II, Germany completed its occupation of France.


In 1966, Gemini 12 blasted off from Cape Kennedy with astronauts James A. Lovell and Edwin ‘‘Buzz’’ Aldrin Jr. aboard.

In 1972, the US Army turned over its base at Long Binh to the South Vietnamese, symbolizing the end of direct US military involvement in the Vietnam War.

In 1992, the Church of England voted to ordain women as priests.