1731 -- English poet William Cowper was born. He is best known for "The Poplar Trees" and "The Task".
1776 -- Peyton Randolph was laid to rest at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA. He had died on October 22, 1775, while representing Virginia in the second Continental Congress.
1789 -- President George Washington set aside this day to observe the adoption of the Constitution of the United States.
1825 -- The first college social fraternity, Kappa Alpha, was formed at Union College in Schenectady, NY.
1832 -- Public streetcar service began in New York city.
1835 -- At San Antonio, TX - Texas forces defeated Mexican forces under Martin Perfecto de Cos in the Grass Fight.
1867 -- J. B. Sutherland patented the refrigerated railroad car.
1871 -- Patt Neff was born in Coryell County, TX. He went on to become governor of Texas during the Progressive Era of the 1920's and established a state park system.
1898 -- Winter storm paralyzes southern New England, killing at least 450 people.
1917 -- The National Hockey League was officially formed in Montreal, Canada.
1922 -- In Egypt, Howard Carter peered into the tomb of King Tutankhamen.
1940 -- The Nazis forced 500,000 Jews of Warsaw, Poland to live within a walled ghetto.
1941 -- President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a bill establishing the fourth Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day.
1942 -- President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered nationwide gasoline rationing to begin December 1.
1942 -- The motion picture, "Casablanca", had its world premier at the Hollywood Theater in New York City.
1943 -- The HMS Rohna became the first ship to be sunk by a guided missile. The German missile attack led to the death of 1,015 US troops.
1956 -- Big band leader and trombone soloist, Tommy Dorsey, died.
1965 -- France became the third country to enter space when it launched its first satellite, the Diamant-A.
1983 -- A Brinks Mat Ltd vault at London's Heathrow Airport was robbed by gunmen. The men made off with 6,800 gold bars worth nearly $40 million. Only a fraction of the gold has ever been recovered, and only 2 men were convicted in the heist.
1985 -- The rights to Richard Nixon's autobiography were acquired by Random House for $3,000,000.
1988 -- The US denied an entry visa to PLO chairman Yasser Arafat, who was seeking permission to travel to New York to address the UN General Assembly.