Historical Political Events for November 26

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Year Event
1789 First national day of Thanksgiving (for the Constitution) celebrated. See "The Great Thanksgiving Hoax" for background.
1950 China enters Korean conflict, sends troops across Yalu River (Chinese border) where General Douglas MacArthur had successfully placed South Korean and American forces by invasion. It was claimed prior to the Chinese entering the war that the war was over and Korea was re-united. By January 4, 1951, the Chinese had reached Seoul and the war was lost!
1969 The Selective Service Act of 1967 was amended to provide for selection by lottery.
1983 Ronald Reagan (R) issues National Security Decision Directive (NSDD) 114 concerned specifically with U.S. policy toward the Iran-Iraq war. The directive reflects the administration's priorities: it calls for heightened regional military cooperation to defend oil facilities, . . . and directs the secretaries of state and defense and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to take appropriate measures to respond to tensions in the area. Shortly thereafter (12/20/83), Donald Rumsfeld was assuring Saddam Hussein of our support.
1988 Secretary of State Shultz rejected Arafat's request for a visa to address the UN in New York because of the PLO's continued involvement in terrorism against Americans. [Didn't I see Clinton and Arafat kissing on the TV some time later?]
1991 The U.S. hands over control of Clark Air Force Base to the government of the Philippines. The base had been severely damaged by the eruption of Mount Pinatubo. Within a month the base had been stripped of all useable material by looters and guards.
1995 In an historic vote, the Irish people voted to add an amendment to their constitution allowing spouses living apart for four of the previous five years to obtain a divorce.
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Quote of
the Day
We’ll succeed, unless we quit.
    — President Bush, in Vietnam! telling that now peaceful country how we are going to win the war in Iraq
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