Nov. 22, 1718 - Edward Teach, better known as the pirate Blackbeard, was killed off North Carolina’s Outer Banks during a battle with a British Navy force sent from Virginia. Believed to be a native of England, Blackbeard likely began his pirating career in 1713, when he became a crewman aboard a Caribbean sloop commanded by pirate Benjamin Hornigold. In 1717, after Hornigold accepted an offer of general amnesty by the British and retired as a pirate, Blackbeard took over a captured 26-gun French merchantman, increased its armament to 40 guns, and renamed it to Queen Anne’s Revenge.
1858 - Denver, Colo. was founded.
1963 - President John F. Kennedy was assassinated during a visit to Dallas, Texas. Two amateur films recorded the assassination of Pres. Kennedy. A 24 ½ sec. video by Orville Nix Sr. and Abraham Zapruder, a dress manufacturer, captured the assassination on video tape. Dallas police officer J.D. Tippit was slain by Lee Harvey Oswald 45 minutes after Kennedy was shot when he called Oswald over for questioning.
1967 - General William Westmoreland declared victory at the battle for Dak To which began on Nov. 3 as 4,500 U.S. troops from the U.S. 4th Division and the 173rd Airborne Brigade engaged four communist regiments of about 6,000 troops in the Central Highlands. The climax of the operation came in a savage battle that began Nov. 19 on Hill 875, 12 miles southwest of Dak To. Total U.S. casualties included 285 killed, 985 wounded, and 18 missing. During the battle, American field artillery fired over 170,000 rounds.