November 11, 1620 -- The Mayflower Compact was signed by the 41 men on the Mayflower when they landed in what is now Provincetown Harbor near Cape Cod. The Compact called for "just and equal laws".
November 11, 1775 -- The Continental Congress engaged missionary Samuel Kirkland to spread the Gospel amongst the Indians with the goal of confirming their affections to the United Colonies, thereby preserving their friendship.
November 11, 1778 -- Poor leadership leads to the Cherry Valley Massacre.
November 11, 1817 -- Francisco Xavier Mina and 25 companions were executed at Fort San Gregorio. Mina had left Galveston on April 7 with the intent of driving the forces of Spanish King Ferdinand VII from Mexico. After several minor victories he was defeated and captured on October 27.
November 11, 1831 -- Nat Turner, a slave and educated minister was hanged in Jerusalem VA after inciting a violent slave uprising.
November 11, 1851 -- the telescope was patented by Alvan Clark.
November 11, 1889 -- Washington became the 42nd state of the United States of America.
November 11, 1918 -- At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month - the Great War ends. The Allies and Germany signed an Armistice.
November 11, 1921 -- The Tomb of the Unknowns was dedicated at Arlington Cemetery in Virginia by President Harding.
November 11, 1938 -- Kate Smith first sang Irving Berlin's "God Bless America" on network radio.
November 11, 1940 -- the Jeep made its debut.
November 11, 1942 -- During World War II, Germany completed its occupation of France.
November 11, 1946 -- the New York Knickerbockers (now the Knicks) played their first game at Madison Square Garden.
November 11, 1952 -- The first video recorder was demonstrated by John Mullin and Wayne Johnson in Beverly Hills CA.
November 11, 1958 -- Hank Ballard and the Midnighters record "The Twist".
November 11, 1965 -- The government of Rhodesia declared its independence from Britian. The country later became known as Zimbabwe.
November 11, 1966 -- The US launched Gemini 12 from Cape Kennedy FL. The craft circled the earth 59 times before returning.
November 11, 1972 -- The US Army turned over its base at Long Bihn to the South Vietnamese army. The event symbolized the end of direct involvement in the Vietnam War by the US military.
November 11, 1972 -- Berry Oakley, of the Allman Brothers, was killed in a motorcycle accident. He was 24 years old.
November 11, 1984 -- The Reverend Martin Luther King Sr. died in Atlanta at age 84.
November 11, 1984 -- President Ronald Reagan accepted the Vietnam Veterans Memorial as a gift to the nation from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund.
November 11, 1993 -- In Washington, DC, the Vietnam Women's Memorial was dedicated to honor the more than 11,000 women who had served in the Vietnam War.