1283 - Dafydd ap Gruffydd, prince of Gwynedd in Wales, becomes the first person executed by being hanged, drawn and quartered.
1574 - The Siege of Leiden is lifted by the Watergeuzen.
1712 - The Duke of Montrose issues a warrant for the arrest of Rob Roy MacGregor.
1739 - The Treaty of Nissa is signed by the Ottoman Empire and Russia at the end of the Russian-Turkish War, 1736-1739.
1778 - British Captain James Cook anchors in Alaska.
1795 - General Napoleon Bonaparte first rises to national prominence being named to defend the French National Convention against armed counter-revolutionary rioters threatening the three year old revolutionary government.
1835 - The Staedtler Company is founded in Nuremburg, Germany.
1849 - American author Edgar Allan Poe is found delirious in a gutter in Baltimore, Maryland under mysterious circumstances; it is the last time he is seen in public before his death.
1863 - The last Thursday in November is declared as Thanksgiving Day by President Abraham Lincoln. As were Thursday's, November 30, 1865 and November 29, 1866.
1873 - Captain Jack and companions are hanged for their part in the Modoc War.
1908 - The Pravda newspaper is founded by Leon Trotsky, Adolph Joffe, Matvey Skobelev and other Russian exiles in Vienna.
1929 - The Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes is renamed to Kingdom of Yugoslavia, "Land of the South Slavs".
1932 - Iraq gains independence from the United Kingdom.
1935 - Italy invades Ethiopia under General de Bono.
1942 - Spaceflight: The first successful launch of a V-2 /A4-rocket from Test Stand VII at Peenemünde, Germany. It is the first man-made object to reach space.
1951 - The "Shot Heard 'Round the World", one of the greatest moments in Major League Baseball history, occurs when the New York Giants' Bobby Thomson hits a game winning home run in the bottom of the ninth inning off of the Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Ralph Branca, to win the National League pennant after being down 14 games.
1952 - The United Kingdom successfully tests a nuclear weapon.
1955 - Captain Kangaroo debuts on the CBS television network.
1957 - Allen Ginsberg's Howl and Other Poems is ruled not obscene.
1962 - Project Mercury: Sigma 7 is launched from Cape Canaveral, with Astronaut Wally Schirra aboard, for a six-orbit, nine-hour flight.
1964 - First Buffalo Wings are made at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York.
1981 - The Hunger Strike by Provisional Irish Republican Army and Irish National Liberation Army prisoners at the Maze Prison in Northern Ireland ends after seven months and ten deaths.
1981 - The Communist Party of Namibia is founded at a conference in Angola.
1985 - The Space Shuttle Atlantis makes its maiden flight. (Mission STS-51-J)
1986 - TASCC, a superconducting cyclotron at the Chalk River Laboratories, is officially opened.
1990 - Re-unification of Germany. The German Democratic Republic ceases to exist and its territory becomes part of the Federal Republic of Germany. East German citizens became part of the European Community, which later became the European Union. Now celebrated as German Unity Day.
1993 - Battle of Mogadishu: In an attempt to capture officials of warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid's organisation in Mogadishu, Somalia, 18 US Soldiers and about 1,000 Somalis are killed in heavy fighting.
2003 - Roy Horn of Siegfried & Roy is attacked by one of the show's tigers, canceling the show for good.
2008 - The $700 billion bailout bill for the US financial system is signed by President Bush.
2009 - The Czech Republic becomes the final member-state of the European Union to sign the Treaty of Lisbon, officially declaring that document's initiation into European law.