1861 - West Virginia was created (out of Virginia) over a dispute of slavery. West Virginia was against slavery.
1867 - J.B. Sutherland patented the refrigerated railroad car.
1922 - In Egypt, the entrance to King Tutankhamen's tomb was discovered by archeologist Howard Carter. The Egyptian child-king became pharaoh at age nine and died when he was 19.
1941 - U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a bill establishing the fourth Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day.
1942 - The motion picture "Casablanca" had its world premiere at the Hollywood Theater in New York City.
1958 - Maurice Richard (Montreal Canadiens) scored his 600th NHL career goal.
1979 - The International Olympic Committee voted to re-admit China after a 21-year absence.