This day in history

This day in history

Tuesday, Nov. 20, is the 325th day of 2012. There are 41 days left in the year.

Today’s birthdays: Actress-comedian Kaye Ballard is 87. Actress Estelle Parsons is 85. Comedian Dick Smothers is 74. Vice President Joe Biden is 70. Journalist Judy Woodruff is 66. Singer-musician Joe Walsh is 65. Actress Bo Derek is 56. Actress Sean Young is 53. Rapper Mike D (The Beastie Boys) is 47. Actor Joel McHale is 41. Country singer Dierks Bentley is 37. Gold medal gymnast Dominique Dawes is 36.

In 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.


In 1789, New Jersey became the first state to ratify the Bill of Rights.

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In 1947, Britain’s future queen, Princess Elizabeth, married Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh, at Westminster Abbey.

In 1959, the United Nations issued its Declaration of the Rights of the Child.

In 1962, President Kennedy announced the end of the naval quarantine of Cuba imposed during the missile crisis.

In 1975, after nearly four decades of absolute rule, Spain’s General Francisco Franco died, two weeks before his 83d birthday.


In 1982, in one of college football’s oddest finales, the University of California used five laterals to score a disputed winning touchdown on the last play of its game against Stanford.