Today in history: Nov. 20 In 1789, New Jersey became...

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November 20, 2001

Today in history: Nov. 20

In 1789, New Jersey became the first state to ratify the Bill of Rights.

In 1925, Robert F. Kennedy was born in Brookline, Mass.

In 1945, 24 Nazi leaders went on trial before an international war crimes tribunal in Nuremberg, Germany.

In 1947, Britain's future queen, Princess Elizabeth, married Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh, in a ceremony broadcast worldwide from Westminster Abbey.

In 1969, the Nixon administration announced a halt to residential use of the pesticide DDT as part of a total phaseout.

In 1975, after nearly four decades of absolute rule, Spain's Gen. Francisco Franco died, at age 82.

Five years ago: House Republicans chose Newt Gingrich to be speaker for a second term. Thirty-nine people were killed when fire broke out in a building in Hong Kong.

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