1918: Fighting in World War I came to an end with the signing of an armistice between the Allies and Germany.
1620: 41 Pilgrims aboard the Mayflower, anchored off Massachusetts, signed a compact calling for a “body politick.”
1831: Former slave Nat Turner, who had led a violent insurrection, was executed in Jerusalem, Va.
1889: Washington became the 42nd state.
1939: Kate Smith first sang Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America” on network radio.