On this day: November 15

Published On: Nov 14 2012 12:14:13 PM EST   Updated On: Nov 15 2015 02:00:00 AM EST

Sherman begins his march to the sea, FDR lays the cornerstone of the Jefferson Memorial, Elvis Presley makes his movie debut, and Joey Buttafuoco heads to jail, all on this day.

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1864: The day after his army burned most of Atlanta, Georgia, to the ground, Union Maj. Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman starts Sherman's March to the Sea. The march ended with the capture of the port of Savannah on Dec. 21, inflicting significant damage, particularly to the Confederacy's industry and infrastructure, and also to civilian property, along the way and hastened the end of the American Civil War.


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