President Abraham Lincoln declares the last Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day.
French painter Pierre Bonnard born in Fontenay-aux-Roses, France.
The Orient Express made its initial trip from Paris to Constantinople.
Stephen Crane's The Red Badge of Courage published.
Thomas Wolfe (Look Homeward, Angel) born in Asheville, North Carolina.
Manufacturer of phonographs and records, the Victor Talking Machine Company was incorporated.
The Victrola phonograph logo with the words "His Master's Voice", appeared on all RCA-Victor phonographs and record labels.
Novelist Gore Vidal (Burr) born in West Point, New York.
A German V-2 rocket reaches a record 85 km (46 nm) in altitude.
Rock guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughn born in Dallas, Texas.
The Mickey Mouse Club premiered on TV.
The Captain Kangaroo Show with Bob Keeshan premiered on TV.
The California State Superior Court rules that Allan Ginsberg's book Howl and Other Poems is not obscene.
The Andy Griffith Show premiered on TV.
The five re-established German states of East Germany formally joined West Germany.
Today from Chamber's Book of Days
French Republican Calendar
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