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This Day in History for November 11

1647 – Massachusetts passes first compulsory school attendance law in the American colonies.

1851 – Alvan Clark patents telescope.

1890 – D McCree patents portable fire escape.

1909 – Construction of US navy base begins at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

1918 – WWI Armistice signed by the Allies and Germany comes into effect and World War I hostilities end at 11 a.m., “the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month”

1921 – US President Warren G. Harding dedicates Tomb of Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetery.

1925 – Robert A. Millikan announces discovery of cosmic rays.

1926 – U.S. Route 66 is established.

1930 – Patent number US1781541 is awarded to Albert Einstein and Leo Szilard for their invention of the Einstein refrigerator.

1940 – Blizzard strikes Midwestern US killing over 100.

1940 – Willys unveiled its General Purpose vehicle (“Jeep”)

1959 – 1st episode of “Rocky & His Friends” airs.

1966 – Methodist Church & Evangelical United Brethren Church unite as United Methodist Church (USA)

1972 – Dow Jones Index moves above 1,000 for 1st time.

1982 – 5th space shuttle mission: Columbia makes the first officially “operational” shuttle mission.

1983 – President Reagan became 1st US President to address Japanese legislature.

1994 – Bill Gates buys Leonardo da Vinci’s “Codex” for $30,800,000.

2017 – Largest Singles Day sales ever – Alibaba says its sales alone were $25.3 billion.

2018 – Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba sets new record for their Singles Day sale, $1 billion in 85 seconds, $30.8 billion in 24 hours.

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