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Notable Historic Events

for the Month of November




 November 1st

The Sistine Chapel

The Sistine Chapel

1512...The Sistine Chapel in Rome is open to the public for the first time. The ceiling was painted by Michelangelo, the greatest of the Italian Renaissance artists.

1755...A devastating earthquake hits Lisbon, Portugal, killing 50,000 people.  The entire city needs to be rebuilt following the destruction.

 1930...A nearly mile long tunnel is opened between Detroit  and the Canadian city of Windsor.


 November 2nd

The Spruce Goose

The Spruce Goose

1917...British foreign secretary Arthur Balfour sends a letter to England's most famous Jewish citizen, Baron Rothschild, stating British support for a Jewish homeland in Palestine.

1947...The largest aircraft ever built, the Spruce Goose, is flown by owner Howard Hughes on its first and only flight.

1982...A Soviet army convoy crashes in the Salang Tunnel in Afghanistan.  The explosion and fire kills an estimated 3,000 soldiers.


 November 3rd



1903...With the support of the US government and the French-Panama Canal Company, Panama declares its independence from Columbia.

1957...A dog named Laika is launched into orbit by the Soviet Union aboard the Sputnik 2 Spacecraft.  This is the first mammal in space.

1964...Residents of the District of Columbia cast ballots for the first time after the passage of the 23rd Amendment gives them the right to vote.


 November 4th

Yitzhak Ragin

Yitzhak Rabin

1956...Hungary's attempt for a more democratic government is viciously crushed by Soviet tanks and troops.  Thousands are killed and 200,000 refuges flee to the West.

1979...Iranian students, who support Islam radicals, storm the US Embassy in Tehran and take more than 60 American hostages. 

1995...The Prime Minister of Israel, Yitzhak Rabin, is fatally shot after attending a peace rally in Te Aviv, Israel.


 November 5th

George Foreman

George Foreman

1895...Attorney George Selden, of Rochester, NY, is granted the first US Patent for an internal combustion engine. He got the idea from an engine he saw at the 1872 Exposition in Philadelphia. PA.

1930...Sinclair Lewis, born in Sauk Centre, Minnesota, becomes the first American to win the Nobel Prize in literature. 

1994...George Forman, age 45,  becomes the oldest boxer to win the heavyweight  championship when he beats the undefeated 26-year-old Michael Moorer.


 November 6th

John Philip Sousa

John Philip Sousa

1854...John Philip Sousa, one of the most popular, prolific and important American composers of all time, is born.  His music will become the standard for all American marching band music.

1960...Abraham Lincoln is elected the 16th President of the United States. He  becomes the first president from the newly organized Republican Party.

1995...Team owner Art Modell, who purchased NFL Cleveland Browns for four million dollars in 1960, announces he is moving the team to Baltimore.  The Browns will replace the Colts, who left in 1984.


 November 7

The Tacoma Narrows Bridge

The Tacoma Narrows Bridge

1885...In a remote location in the mountains of British Columbia, the last spike is driven completing Canada's first transcontinental railway.

1940...Only four months after the completion of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Washington State, the world's 3rd longest suspension bridge in the world, Galloping Gertie, suffers a spectacular collapse.

1980...Actor Steve McQueen, one of Hollywood's leading men of the 60's and 70's, dies of asbestos cancer at age 50 in Mexico.


 November 8th

Sonny Bono

Sunny Bono

1887...Doc Holliday, the famous friend of Wyatt Earp and participant in the shootout at the OK Corral, dies of tuberculosis at only 36 years of age.

1896...Physicist Wilhelm Rontgen becomes the first person to observe x-rays in his Würzburg, Germany laboratory.

1994...Salvatore "Sunny" Bono, of "Sunny and Cher" fame, is elected to the US House of Representatives representing California's 44th District as a Republican.


 November 9th

The coming down of the Berlin Wall

The Berlin Wall

1938...The Nazis begin their persecution of the Jewish people in Germany and Austria.   On the "Night of Broken Glass" or Kristallnacht,  1,500  businesses are destroyed, and damage is done to homes, synagogues, and schools.   One hundred people are killed, 30,000 arrested, and many are sent to concentration camps.

1965...The biggest power failure in the US occurs when the Northeast suffers a blackout during rush hour. People are stranded on trains and in subways and elevators.  The blackout is caused by the tripping of a transmission line in Canada.  Power is restored by morning.

1989...East Germany opens the Berlin Wall. Passage is now allowed between East and West Germany. The following day the Germans begin tearing down the wall.


 November 10th

Emporer Hirohito

Emperor Hirohito

1775...The Marine Corps is founded when the Continental Congress approves a resolution for two battalions of Marines to serve as landing forces for the Continental Navy.

1928...Hirohito is crowned Emperor in Japan. Hirohito is the reigning monarch in Japan during the two World Wars. His power is taken from him during the postwar reconstruction.

1969...Sesame Street airs on television and quickly becomes one of the most  popular children's shows in the world.  Puppets and learning segments teach children to read and count, preparing them for kindergarten.






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