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On this day: November 26

Published On: Nov 25 2012 11:03:40 PM CST   Updated On: Nov 26 2013 01:00:00 AM CST

Thanksgiving Day becomes an official holiday, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" is published, the NHL is formed, "Casablanca" premieres, and the Concorde lands for the last time, all on this day.

OTD November 26 - John Browning
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1926: Firearms designer and inventor John Browning, arguably the most important figure in the development of modern automatic and semi-automatic firearms, dies of heart failure at the age of 72 in Liège, Wallonia, Belgium. Browning invented or made significant improvements to single-shot, lever-action and slide-action rifles and shotguns and his telescoping bolt design is now found on nearly every modern semi-automatic pistol, as well as several modern fully automatic weapons.

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