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• On Nov. 12, 1864, Union Gen. William T. Sherman orders the business district of Atlanta destroyed before he embarks on his famous March to the Sea through Georgia to prevent the Confederates from recovering anything once the Yankees had abandoned it.


• On Nov. 16, 1901, a low-slung car called the Torpedo Racer - basically a square platform on bicycle wheels - breaks the world speed record for electric cars in Coney Island, N.Y., by going 1 mile down the straight dirt track in just 63 seconds. That's about 57 mph. Today the world speed record for an electric vehicle is about 245 mph.


• On Nov. 15, 1943, Heinrich Himmler makes public an order that Gypsies are to be put on the same level as Jews and placed in concentration camps. Himmler was determined to prosecute Nazism racial policies, which dictated the elimination of all races deemed inferior and asocial.


• On Nov. 13, 1953, a member of the Indiana Textbook Commission calls for the removal of references to the book Robin Hood from textbooks used by the state's schools. She claimed that Robin Hood was a communist because he robbed the rich and gave it to the poor.


• On Nov. 17, 1968, the Oakland Raiders score two touchdowns in nine seconds to beat the New York Jets - and no one sees it. In a debacle which would become known as Heidi Bowl, with just 65 seconds left to play, NBC broke away from the game to air its previously scheduled programming, the movie Heidi.

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