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1998A court in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan declares accused terrorist Osama bin Laden "a man without a sin" in regard to the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania.

1911The funeral of Paul and Laura (daughter of Karl Marx) Lafargue in Paris is attended by Lenin; the two socialists died in a suicide pact in the belief that their political usefulness was at an end

1755English minister William Pitt Sr resigns

284Diocletian is proclaimed Roman Emperor by his soldiers in the army of the east

1975Ronald Reagan announces candidacy for Republican nomination for US President

18152nd Peace of Paris: France & allies after 2nd defeat and abdication of Napoleon Bonaparte.

1997Flyers Eric Lindros tries to bite San Jose defenseman Marty McSorley

1906George Bernard Shaw's "Doctor's Dilemma" premieres in London

1977Walter Payton (Bears) rushes for NFL-record 275 yards

1976George Harrison appears on Saturday Night Live

November 20th Historical Events
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Notable Birthdays on November 20th

1858Selma Lagerlöf, Mårbacka, Värmland, author and Nobel laureate (The Wonderful Adventures of Nils), (d. 1940)

1841Wilfrid Laurier, (L) 7th Canadian PM (1896-1911)

1889Edwin Hubble, astronomer (discoverer of galaxies, red shift)

1942Joseph biden Jr, Scranton Pennsylvania, 47th US Vice President

1925Robert Francis Kennedy, Brookline, Mass (D-Sen-NY, US Attorney General), (d. 1968)

1929Dick Clark, Mt Vernon NY, TV host (American Bandstand), (d. 2012)

November 20th Birthdays
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Notable Weddings on November 20th

1895Businessman Harvey Firestone (26) weds composer Idabelle Smith (21)

1937Actor Jackie Coogan (23) weds actress Betty Grable (20) at St. Brendan Catholic Church in Los Angeles

1947Future British Queen Princess Elizabeth II (21) weds Lt Philip Mountbatten (26) in Westminster Abbey, London

1954NFL quarterback Johnny Unitas (21) weds his high school sweetheart Dorothy Hoelle

1944Model agency executive Eileen Ford (22) weds businessman Gerard W. Ford (20) in San Francisco, California

1993Actor Luke Perry (27) weds Minnie Sharp (24) at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills

November 20th Weddings
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Notable Deaths on November 20th

1935John Rushworth Jellicoe, 1st Earl Jellicoe, British Admiral of the Fleet, Kensington, London, of pneumonia

1975Francisco Franco, Spanish dictator (1936-75), dies at 82

November 20th Deaths
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