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Today In History

Sun., Nov. 9, 1997

In 1918: Germany’s Kaiser Wilhelm II announced that he would abdicate.

In 1935: United Mine Workers president John L. Lewis and other labor leaders formed the Committee for Industrial Organization.

In 1938: Nazis looted and burned synagogues as well as Jewish-owned stores and houses in Germany and Austria in what became known as Kristallnacht.

In 1965: The great Northeast blackout occurred as several states and parts of Canada were hit by a series of power failures lasting up to 13 hours.

In 1989: Communist East Germany threw open its borders, allowing citizens to travel freely to the West. Joyous Germans danced atop the Berlin Wall.

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