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November 1

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The Sistine Chapel

Sistine Chapel

1512...The Sistine Chapel in Rome is now open to the public. 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 is destroyed and needs to be rebuilt.

1930...A nearly mile long tunnel is opened between Detroit, Michigan 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. He conveys 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 military convoy crashes in the Salang Tunnel in Afghanistan. The resulting explosion and fire kills an estimated 3,000 soldiers.

November 3rd


1903...With the support of the United States 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. Laika becomes the first mammal in space.

1964...The 23rd Amendment gives the residents of the District of Columbia the right to vote. They cast ballots for the first time.

Yitzhak Ragin

Yitzhak Rabin

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

1979...Iranian students, supported by Islam radicals, storm the United States Embassy in Tehran. They take more than 60 American hostages.

1995...The prime minister of Israel, Yitzhak Rabin, is fatally shot after attending a peace rally in Tel Aviv, Israel.

November 5th

George Foreman

George Foreman

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

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 American composers of all time, is born. He will become famous for marching band music. His pieces will become classics and be played over and over at community events.

1860...Abraham Lincoln is elected the 16th President of the United States. He becomes the first president from the newly organized Republican Party.

November 7th

The Tacoma Narrows Bridge

Tacoma Narrows Bridge

1885...In the mountains of British Columbia, the last spike is driven and Canada's first transcontinental railway is completed.

1940...Only four months after the completion of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Washington State, Galloping Gertie collapses during a wind storm. The Tacoma Narrows Bridge, when built, is the 3rd longest suspension bridge in the world.

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

November 8th

Sonny Bono

Sunny Bono

1887...Doc Holliday, friend of Wyatt Earp and one of the men involved in the shooting at OK Corral, dies of tuberculosis at 36 years of age.

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

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, and 30,000 people are arrested. Many of the people are sent to concentration camps.

1965...The biggest power failure in the United States 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 people in Germany 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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