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On this day: November 11

Published On: Oct 28 2013 06:19:11 PM EDT   Updated On: Nov 11 2013 02:00:00 AM EST

The Pilgrims sign the Mayflower Compact, an armistice ends the fighting in World War I, the Tomb of the Unknowns is dedicated, John and Yoko's album gets the brown-bag treatment, and Yasser Arafat dies, all on this day.

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1620: Plymouth Colony settlers sign the Mayflower Compact while the Mayflower was anchored in what is now Provincetown Harbor within the hook at the northern tip of Cape Cod. The compact, signed by most of the adult men on the boat, was the first governing document of Plymouth Colony. This bas relief in Provincetown, Mass., shows the signing taking place. However, the date would be Nov. 21 by our modern Gregorian calendar.


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