Monday, November 19, 2012

Today in History - 19 November 2012

Nov. 19, 1863
Lincoln Delivers Gettysburg Address

In the midst of the American Civil War, Lincoln movingly reminds the audience at a military cemetery dedication that the Union had to fight and win, as the War had become not just a fight for the Union, but a struggle for everyone's freedom and equality.

"We here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."

Nov. 19, 1985
Reagan and Gorbachev Hold First Summit Meeting

US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev hold their first summit conference in Geneva, which, despite not producing any substantial agreements, marked the beginning of better relationships between the two superpowers, with Reagan pulling back his anti-Soviet stance and Gorbachev affirming his willingness to cooperate internationally in order to make domestic reforms.


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