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Notable Historic Events

for the Month of November




November 21st

 Thomas Edison

Thomas Edison

1877...Thomas Edison announces his invention of the photograph, an idea that comes to him while working on a way to record telephone communication.

1927...Time Magazine features the New York Holland Tunnel a week after it opens. It is almost two miles long and is one mile deep.  It is the world's longest tunnel.

1980...Approximately 350 million people around the world tune in to see television's prime time soap opera Dallas to find out who shot JR Ewing.


November 22nd

Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson

1900...The original car produced by Mercedes Benz is taken for its first test drive in Cannstatt, Germany. 

1963...President John F. Kennedy is assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald while traveling in an open vehicle during a visit to Dallas.

1986...Twenty-year-old Mike Tyson knocks out 33-year-old Trevor Berbick in just 5 minutes and 35 seconds to become the youngest heavyweight champion in history.

1988...The Northrop B-2 (stealth bomber) is shown publically for the first time.  The aircraft was developed in great secrecy over the last decade.


November 23rd

Larry Hagman and Barbara Eden

Larry Hagman

1936...American publisher Henry Luce buys the name of the defunct Life Magazine and reissues it as new pictorial magazine which he names  Life.

1940...Romania signs the Tripartite Pac, officially aligning itself with the Axis powers of Germany, Italy and Japan.

2012...Larry Hagman, who starred in the television show I Dream of Jeannie and the show Dallas, dies at 81.


November 24th

Ringo Starr

Ringo Starr

1849...John Froehlich, inventor of the first internal combustion engine farm tractor, is born in Iowa.  His Waterloo Tractor Works is still owned by the John Deere Corporation.

1963...Jack Ruby, a nightclub owner, shoots Lee Harvey Oswald in the basement of the Dallas Police Station.  Oswald is the assassin of President John F. Kennedy.

1974...Ringo Starr becomes the 3rd former Beetle to have a solo #1 hit with Photograph.  After their acrimonious breakup, Ringo was the only member of the "Fab Four" who maintained a friendship with the disbanded group members.


November 25th

Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie

1783...Three months after the Treaty of Paris ended the American Revolution, the last British soldiers withdrew from New York City.

1952...Mouse Trap, the murder mystery written by novelist and playwright Agatha Christie, opens in the west end theater district of London.  It would go on to become the longest, continuous running play in history.

1990...The Seattle to Bellevue Floating Bridge (the longest in the world when it was built) sinks to bottom of Lake Washington in a windstorm.


November 26th

Humprey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca.


1922...British archeologist Howard Carter becomes the first to enter King Tutankhamen's Tomb in more than 3,000 years. The tomb is located in Egypt's Valley of the Kings

1931...The first cloverleaf road intersection is opened in the United States at the junction of New Jersey's Route 25 and Route 4, in Woodbridge, New Jersey.

1942...Casablanca, the WWII drama staring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, premiers in New York City.  The La Marseillaise scene has often been called the greatest in Hollywood history.


November 27th

Jean de Laborde

Jean de Laborde

1095...Pope Urban II calls for a crusade to reclaim the Holy Land so Christians could again visit the birthplace of Christ. The Muslims banished the Christians from visiting the Holy Land, which they had been doing for centuries.

1911...White House housekeeper, Elizabeth Jaffray, notes in her published diary her concerns with William Howard Taft's expanding waistline.  Despite his size, William Taft was the only man to hold both the Presidency and later serve as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

1942...French Admiral Jean de Laborde sinks his own French Fleet off the southern coast of France to keep it out of the hands of the Nazis.


November 28th


William Shakespeare

1582...William Shakespeare (18) and Anne Hathaway (26) pay a 40 pound fee for their marriage license in Stratford-upon-Avon.  Anne would bear a daughter named Suzanna and a twin boy and girl.

1925...The Grand Ole Opry, the most popular venue for Country and Western music, begins broadcasting live from Nashville, TN.

1954...Italian born, Nobel prize winning Physicist Enrico Fermi dies in Chicago at age 53. He was the first man to create and control a nuclear chain reaction.


November 29th

Natalie Wood

Natalie Wood

1947...In the face of Muslim opposition, the United Nations votes for the partition of Palestine and the creation of an Independent Jewish State.

1981...Actress Natalie Wood, born Natalie Zakherenko, drowns in a boating accident near California's Catalina, Island.

1991...A massive car and truck pileup of more than 100 vehicles, kills 17 people in Coalinga, CA, due to dust storms on Interstate 5.


November 30th

Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill

1874...Winston Spencer Churchill, often called the greatest statesman of the 20th century, is born.  Winston Churchill guided Great Britain and its European allies through the crisis of WWII.

1939...The Russian Soviet Army crosses the Finnish border and the Russian Air Force bombs Helsinki.  Photos of mothers holding dead babies and maimed preteen girls make headlines around the world.  This leads to Finland's fierce resistance to the Russia and their resistance to ever surrender to Russia during WWII.

1954...The first documented report of a Meteorite striking a human occurs in Sylacauga, AL.  A meteorite crashes through the roof of a house and bounces off a radio impacting Elizabeth Hodges on her hip, causing only a bruise.


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