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Elizabeth Cady Stanton — Suffragist

Sun, 2018-11-11 23:04

Petition for Universal Suffrage, Signed by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony and others. (detail)
Pioneer suffragist and one of the leaders of the early American women’s rights movement, Elizabeth Cady Stanton was born on November 12, 1815. Her signature is at the top of this Petition for Universal Suffrage, presented to Congress on January 29, 1866. Signers of this petition included Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, and members of the former Women’s Loyal National League, Ernestine Rose, Lucy Stone, and Antoinette Brown Blackwell. This exceptional combination of signatures represents some of the period’s foremost advocates for suffrage and abolition.
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Armistice, 1918

Sat, 2018-11-10 23:40

"One of the guns of Battery D, 105th Field Artillery, showing American flag which was hoisted after the last shot had been fired when the armistice took effect. Etraye, France., 11/11/1918" (detail)
World War I came to end with the Armistice declared on November 11, 1918. Following the end of the war, November 11th was observed as "Armistice Day" until it was officially renamed "Veterans Day" in 1954.

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Laying a Wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Fri, 2018-11-09 23:31

"President Truman lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery.  11/11/1947" (detail)
Dated November 11, 1947, this photo shows President Harry Truman laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier during Armistice Day observances. Established following the end of World War I, Armistice Day would be officially renamed Veterans Day in 1954.
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Agreement of Secrecy

Thu, 2018-11-08 23:07

The Agreement of Secrecy, November 9, 1775 (detail)
Three months after the King declared every rebel a traitor, and with a reward posted for the capture of certain prominent rebel leaders, the delegates to Congress adopted these strict rules of secrecy to protect the cause of American liberty and their own lives.

This document bears the signatures of eighty-seven delegates; thirty-nine signed on November 9, and the other delegates signed as they reported to Congress.

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Ballot from the 1960 Presidential Election

Thu, 2018-11-08 00:57

Massachusetts Election Ballot November 8, 1960 (detail)
On November 8, 1960, John F. Kennedy was elected President, defeating Vice-President Richard M. Nixon in one of the closest elections in United States history. Kennedy was the youngest elected president, the only Catholic and the first born in the twentieth century.
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Representative Jeannette Rankin

Tue, 2018-11-06 23:21

Representative Jeannette Rankin (detail)
On November 7, 1916, Jeannette Rankin was the first woman elected to Congress, 4 years before woman suffrage was added to the Constitution in 1920 with the 19th Amendment. Since Rankin, there have been nearly 200 women elected to Congress.
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Regarding the Release of the Iranian Hostages

Mon, 2018-11-05 23:15

Letter from Jimmy Carter to Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini regarding the Release of the Iranian Hostages, 11/06/1979  (detail)
On November 4, 1979, Iranian militants took over 60 Americans hostage in the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. Dated November 6, 1979, this letter was written by President Jimmy Carter in the early days of the hostage crisis. President Carter’s efforts, which included a failed military rescue mission, were ultimately fruitless, and the hostages were not released until January 20, 1981–moments after Carter officially turned the Presidency over to Ronald Reagan.

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