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November 11th

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Fernando Valenzuela

Fernando Valenzuela

1918...At the 11th hour of the 11th day in the 11th month of 1918, Germany signs an armistice to stop fighting. World War I is over. WWI leaves 9 million dead and 21 million wounded.

1940...The US Congress passes the Burke-Wadsworth Act. This creates the first peace time draft in the United States. It also lowers the draft age to 18 and extends it to age 37.

1981...Los Angeles baseball pitcher Fernando Valenzuela wins the National League Cy Young Award and the Rookie of the Year. He is the first player to win both in the same year.

November 12th

Ellis Island

Ellis Island

1889...Dewitt Wallace, the founder of Reader's Digest magazine, is born in St. Paul, Minnesota. After high school he works at a bank and keeps a card file of his favorite magazine articles. His card file is his inspiration for Reader's Digest.

1954...Ellis Island closes its doors. Ellis Island opened in 1892. From 1892 to 1954 more than 12 million immigrants enter the United States through Ellis Island.

1980...Voyager 1 flies by Saturn. Multiple rings are seen, as well as three new moons. Atmosphere is found around Titan, Saturn's largest moon.

November 13th

Robert Lewis Stevenson

Robert Lewis Stevenson

1850...Robert Louis Stevenson, the author of Treasure Island and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, is born in Scotland. Although he became a great writer, in school he studied engineering and law.

1945...After Allied Troops liberated one Nazi death camp after another, President Harry Truman announces a panel of inquiry to look into the settlement of the Jews in Palestine.

1982...The long awaited Vietnam Veterans Memorial is dedicated in Washington D.C. The 50,000 plus Americans who died are arranged in order of death, as opposed to military rank.

November 14th

Herman Melville

Herman Melville

1851... Moby Dick, written by Herman Melville, is published. Moby Dick tells the tale of Captain Ahab and his quest for a giant white whale. It is not popular at first, but later becomes a great American Classic.

1970...A jet plane carrying the Marshall University Thundering Herd Football Team from West Virginia crashes into a hillside near the school. There are no survivors.

1985...A volcano erupts in Columbia killing over 20,000 people. Nearby towns are buried in mud, ice and lava.

November 15th

Craig Breedlove

Craig Breedlove

1867...The first stock ticker is unveiled at the New York Stock Exchange. It allows up to the minute prices for investors around the country.

1956...Elvis Presley makes his big screen debut in Love Me Tender. The movie premiers in New York City at the Paramount Theater.

1965...Twenty-eight year old Craig Breedlove breaks the 600 mph barrier driving his vehicle The Spirit of America. The vehicle cost $250,000.

November 16th

The Sound of Music

1957...Notre Dame beats Oklahoma 7-0, ending the Sooners 47 game winning streak. The record still stands as most consecutive wins by a college football team.

1959...The Sound of Music is a success from the very night of its Broadway Opening. The show gets average reviews, but the quality of the music by Rogers and Hammerstein was immediately recognized.

1973...President Richard Nixon urges Congress to pass Senate Bill 1081. The bill allows construction of an oil pipeline to gain access to the oil on Alaska's north slope.

November 17th

The "Heidi" Game

The "Heidi" Game

1777...After 16 months of debate, Congress submits The Articles of Confederation to the states for ratification.

1968...The Oakland Raiders score two touchdowns in 9 seconds to beat the New York Jets. However, the fans watching on television do not get to see the end of the game. When the game goes longer than expected. NBC switches to the children's movie Heidi. There is a lot of fallout from that blunder, and it goes down as one of the most notable mistakes of broadcasting on television.

2003...John Mohamed, The Beltway Sniper, is found guilty of the shootings that terrorized the Washington D.C. area.

November 18th

Sandy Koufax

Sandy Koufax

1883... American and Canadian railroads begin using four continental time zones to end the confusion of dealing with thousands of local times.

1966...Los Angeles Dodger pitching ace Sandy Koufax retires due to arthritis. He is just 30 years old. Sandy Koufax also gained fame for refusing to pitch the first game of the 1965 World Series because it fell on the Jewish holiday Yon Kippur.

1978...Jim Jones leads hundreds of his followers in a mass murder-suicide in Ghana, South Africa. Many willingly drink the poison punch, but others are forced do do it at gunpoint.

November 19th

Gettysburg Address by President Lincoln

Gettysburg Address

1863... President Abraham Lincoln delivers a memorable speech when he dedicates the Military Cemetery at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. President Lincoln's famous speech reminded Americans why the Union needed to fight and win the Civil War.

1969...Brazilian soccer great Pele scores his 1,000th professional goal. In his career Pele led Brazil to three World Cup championships.

1975...One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, a film about a group of patients in a mental institution, opens in theaters across the United States. Nurse Ratched becomes a symbol for a cold and heartless person.

November 20th

Garrett Morgan

Garrett Morgan

1820...The American whale boat Essex, from Nantucket, Massachusetts, is attacked and sunk by an 80-ton sperm whale off the coast of South America. This incident becomes the inspiration for the novel Moby Dick, by Herman Melville.

1923...The U.S. Patent Office grants newspaper man and inventor Garrett Morgan a patent for his three position traffic signal.

1945...Twenty-four high-ranking Nazis are tried in Nuremburg, Germany for atrocities committed during WWII.

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