Here’s What Happened On This Day in History: November 26

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Here's What Happened On This Day in History: November 26
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ON THIS DAY


1789 – A national Thanksgiving Day is observed in the United States as proclaimed by President George Washington at the request of Congress.

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“The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth” (1914) By Jennie A. Brownscombe.






1825 – At Union College in Schenectady, New York, a group of college students form the Kappa Alpha Society, the first college social fraternity.

Members of Phi Kappa Sigma at Washington & Jefferson College in 1872

Members of Phi Kappa Sigma at Washington & Jefferson College in 1872.






1863 – United States President Abraham Lincoln proclaims November 26 as a national Thanksgiving Day, to be celebrated annually on the final Thursday of November. Following the Franksgiving controversy from 1939 to 1941, it has been observed on the fourth Thursday in 1942 and subsequent years.

Sketch by Alfred Waud of Thanksgiving in camp (of General Louis Blenker) during the U.S. Civil War in 1861

Sketch by Alfred Waud of Thanksgiving in camp (of General Louis Blenker) during the U.S. Civil War in 1861.






1942 – Casablanca, the movie starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, premieres in New York City

Original theatrical release poster for the film Casablanca (1942).

Original theatrical release poster for the film Casablanca (1942).






1968 – Vietnam War: United States Air Force helicopter pilot James P. Fleming rescues an Army Special Forces unit pinned down by Viet Cong fire. He is later awarded the Medal of Honor.

Colonel James P. Fleming, USAF

Colonel James P. Fleming, USAF.






2000 – George W. Bush is certified the winner of Florida’s electoral votes by Katherine Harris, going on to win the United States presidential election, despite losing in the national popular vote.

Palm Beach County recount

Palm Beach County recount.






2011 – The Mars Science Laboratory launches to Mars with the Curiosity Rover.

Celebration erupts at NASA with the rover's successful landing on Mars (August 6, 2012).

Celebration erupts at NASA with the rover’s successful landing on Mars (August 6, 2012).