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1226 St. Francis of Assisi, founder of the Franciscan order, died.

1863 President Lincoln declared the last Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day.

1899 A motor-driven vacuum cleaner was patented by J.S. Thurman of the US.

1906 SOS became the international distress signal.

1911 * Sir Michael Horden, English Shakespearean actor.

1916 * James Herriott, English author and veterinary surgeon.

1929 The Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes formally changed its name to the Kingdom of Yugoslavia.

1938 * Eddie Cochran, US singer who sang the song 'Summertime Blues' (1958).

1941 The aerosol was patented by L.D. Goodhue and W.N. Sullivan.

1941 * Chubby Checker (Ernest Evans), US singer who introduced the dance 'The Twist' (1962).

1944 The Polish Prime Minister announced that the uprising in the Polish capital Warsaw had ended after 63 days of intense fighting the German army.

1952 During a speech in Newcastle the Minister of Food, Major Gwilym Lloyd-George, said tea rationing was to end.

1975 Three gunmen gave themselves up to police after releasing six hostages from an Italian restaurant in London.

1979 Seven people were arrested in a South African Barbarian match pitch invasion by Anti-racists in Devon.

1990 East and West Germany were officially reunified with Berlin as the capital.

1990 East Germany and West Germany united to become Germany, 45 years after the end of World War II.

1995 In Los Angeles, O J Simpson was found not guilty of the murders of his ex-wife Nicole and her friend Ronald Goldman.

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