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Editor: Myanna Dellinger
University of South Dakota School of Law

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Today in History -- November 15

1515 – Thomas Wolsey, Archbishop of York, is invested as a Cardinal. As Chancellor to Henry VIII, he will later set maximum retail prices for meat and use the Star Chamber to prosecute persons who sold meat at "unjust" prices.

1777 – After more than a year of work and debate, the Continental Congress approves the Articles of Confederation.

1859 – Land developer Evangelos Zappas—who left home at 13 and received no formal education—sponsors the first modern revival of the Olympic Games in Athens.

1908RandallCountyCourthouseCanyonTexas907TJnsn 1923 – To combat inflation, Germany introduces a new temporary currency, the Rentenmark, to replace the deutsche mark. The conversion price is 1 trillion deutsche marks (left) to one Rentenmark, and four Rentenmarks to the dollar.

1926 – A consortium of Radio Corporation of America, General Electric, and Westinghouse launches the National Broadcasting Company, with an initial 24 radio stations.

1949 – From the "isn’t it ironic" file, Nathuram Godse and Narayan Apte are hanged at Ambala Jail for assassinating apostle of nonviolence.Mahatma Gandhi.

1959 – Four members of the Herbert Clutter Family are murdered at their farm outside Holcomb, Kansas. But it's an ill wind that blows no one good.  Their deaths is will make Truman Capote rich.

1969 – Dave Thomas opens the first Wendy's fast-food restaurant in Columbus, Ohio. He makes the burgers square so that the corners sticking out make the patties look bigger than those of his competitors.


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