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This Day in History for November 13

1789 – Benjamin Franklin writes “Nothing…..certain but death & taxes”

1843 – Mt. Rainier in Washington State erupts.

1865 – P.T. Barnum’s New American museum opens in Bridgeport.

1909 – Collier’s magazine accuses U.S. Secretary of the Interior Richard Ballinger of questionable dealings in Alaskan coal fields.

1920 – Hudson River frozen at Albany.

1927 – New York – New Jersey Holland Tunnel, 1st twin-tube underwater auto tunnel, opens.

1933 – 1st modern sit-down strike by Hormel meat packers in Austin, Minnesota.

1942 – Minimum draft age lowered from 21 to 18 in the US.

1946 – First artificial snow produced from a natural cloud, Mt. Greylock, Massachusetts.

1952 – False fingernails 1st sold.

1967 – Carl Stokes sworn-in as 1st major city black mayor (Cleveland, Ohio)

1967 – NL owners OK AL expansion to Seattle & Kansas City.

1970 – US Vice President Spiro Agnew calls TV executives “impudent snobs”

1977 – Final Al Capp comic strip of “Li’l Abner” (1934-77)

1979 – Ronald Reagan in New York announces his candidacy for US President.

1982 – Vietnam Veterans Monument opens in Washington, D.C., featuring the names of over 58,000 US soldiers killed or missing in the Vietnam War.

1986 – US President Reagan confesses weapon sales to Iran.

1997 – Ken Griffey Jr unanimously wins AL MVP.

2001 – War on Terrorism: In the first such act since World War II, US President George W. Bush signs an executive order allowing military tribunals against foreigners suspected of connections to terrorist acts or planned acts on the United States.

2018 – Four members of a family arrested for the Rhoden family massacre where eight people were shot, south of Columbus, Ohio in 2016.

2018 – Amazon announces two new corporate outposts at Queens, New York and Arlington, Virginia.

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