On this day: November 28

Published On: Nov 28 2012 12:52:20 AM CST   Updated On: Nov 28 2014 01:00:00 AM CST

Magellan reaches the Pacific, William Shakespeare gets hitched, the Grand Ole Opry debuts, Olympic gymnast Nadia Comaneci defects, and Jeffrey Dahmer is killed in prison, all on this day.

OTD November 28 - Missouri secession
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1861: Despite Missouri being a Union state, the Confederate Congress officially admits it as the 12th confederate state at the urging of Gov. Claiborne Fox Jackson, a Southern sympathizer who favored secession. Missouri's Confederate government would be driven into exile from Missouri after losing control of the state and Jackson died a short while later in Arkansas. The secessionist government continued in exile, eventually setting up a legislature in Marshall, Texas, until the end of the war.

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