1620 - The Mayflower Compact was signed by the 41 men on the Mayflower when they landed in what is now Provincetown Harbor near Cape Cod. The compact called for "just and equal laws.
1851 - The telescope was patented by Alvan Clark.
1880 - Australian outlaw and bank robber Ned Kelly was hanged at the Melbourne jail at age 25.
1918 - World War I came to an end when the Allies and Germany signed an armistice. This day became recognized as Veteran's Day in the United States.
1918 - Poland was reestablished shortly after the surrender of Germany.
1920 - The body of an unknown British soldier was buried in Westminster Abbey.
1942 - During World War II, Germany completed its occupation of France.
1965 - The government of Rhodesia declared its independence from Britain. The country later became known as Zimbabwe.
1987 - Vincent Van Gogh's "Irises" was sold for a then record 53.9 million dollars in New York.
1992 - The Church of England voted to ordain women as priests.
1998 - Israel's Cabinet ratified a land-for-peace agreement with the Palestinians.
2002 - Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates pledged $100 million to fight AIDS in India.