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This Day in History: Nov. 25

This Day in History: Nov. 25

In 1940, the cartoon character Woody Woodpecker made his debut in the animated short "Knock Knock," produced by Walter Lantz.

1783: The British evacuated New York, their last military position in the United States during the Revolutionary War.

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1957: President Dwight D. Eisenhower suffered a slight stroke.

1963: The body of President John F. Kennedy was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery; his widow, Jacqueline, lighted an "eternal flame" at the gravesite.

1986: The Iran-Contra affair erupted as President Ronald Reagan and Attorney General Edwin Meese revealed that profits from secret arms sales to Iran had been diverted to Nicaraguan rebels.

1999: Five-year-old Elian Gonzalez was rescued by a pair of sport fishermen off the coast of Florida, setting off an international custody battle.

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