In 1226: St. Francis of Assisi, founder of the Franciscan order, died; he was canonized in 1228.
In 1863: President Lincoln declared the last Thursday in November, Thanksgiving Day.
In 1941: Adolf Hitler declared in a speech in Berlin that Russia had been “broken” and would “never rise again.”
In 1990: West Germany and East Germany merged into a unified country.
In 1995: O.J. Simpson was acquitted of the 1994 slayings of his former wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and Ronald Goldman.