On November 26:
1607 - John Harvard, English minister and philanthropist, namesake of Harvard College (d. 1638).
1827 - Ellen G. White, American religious leader and author, co-founded the Seventh-day Adventist Church (d. 1915).
1853 - Bat Masterson, American West police officer and journalist (d. 1921).
1861 - Albert B. Fall, American Senator and Secretary of the Interior, responsible for the Teapot Dome scandal (d. 1944).
1876 - Willis Carrier, American engineer, invented air conditioning (d. 1950).
1899 - Richard Hauptmann*, German-American murderer in the Lindbergh kidnapping (d. 1936).
1912 - Eric Sevareid*, American CBS news journalist (d. 1992).
1922 - Charles M. Schulz, American cartoonist, created Peanuts (d. 2000).
1933 - Robert Goulet, American-Canadian singer and actor (d. 2007).
1939 - Tina Turner, American-Swiss singer-songwriter, dancer, and actress.
1504 – Queen Isabella I of Castile, wife of Ferdinand II of Aragon, whose marriage unified Spain (b. 1451).
1883 - Sojourner Truth, African-American abolitionist and activist (b. 1797) (“Ain’t I a Woman?“).
1926 - John Browning*, American weapons designer, founded the Browning Arms Company (b. 1855).
1943 - Edward O’Hare*, American lieutenant and pilot, the first naval recipient of the Medal of Honor in World War II, namesake of Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport (b. 1914).
1956 - Tommy Dorsey, American trombonist, trumpet player, and composer (b. 1905).
1789 – A national Thanksgiving Day is observed in the United States as proclaimed by President George Washington at the request of Congress. FDR officially establishes the holiday in 1941.
1812 – The Battle of Berezina begins during Napoleon‘s retreat from Russia. The French suffer very heavy losses but manage to cross the river and avoid being trapped.
1863 – President Abraham Lincoln proclaims November 26 as a national Thanksgiving Day, to be celebrated annually on the final Thursday of November.
1922 - Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon become the first people to enter the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun (King Tut) in over 3000 years.
1949 - India adopts a constitution as a republic within the British Commonwealth.
1950 – Korean War: Troops from the People’s Republic of China enter the war with a massive counterattack in North Korea on United Nations troops at the Battle of Chosin Reservoir.
2000 - George W. Bush is certified the winner of Florida’s electoral votes by Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris*, winning the presidential election.
2003 – The Concorde makes its final flight, over Bristol, England.
2008 - Mumbai attacks by Pakistani Lashkar-e-Taiba kill 164 people.
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