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Events That Took Place in November

Historical moments that happened in the month of November

By Tone BreistrandPublished 3 years ago Updated 2 years ago 6 min read
Events That Took Place in November
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Do you know what historical events that happened in November? Here are a few of them!

November 1, 1814 - Re-drawing of France

The Congress of Vienna opened to re-draw the political map of Europe after the defeat of France in the Napoleonic Wars.

November 1, 1896 - First photo of bare breasts

National Geographic Magazine featured a picture showing a woman’s bare breasts for the first time.

November 1, 1997 - “Titanic” premiere

James Cameron’s “Titanic” was first released in Tokyo, Japan.

November 2, 1936 - World’s first HD TV broadcast service

The BBC started the world’s first high definition TV service in London.

November 3, 1906 - SOS

SOS was selected as the worldwide standard distress signal for help.

November 3, 1957 - Laika was sent to space

The space dog Laika was launched into space onboard Sputnik 2 by the Soviet Union, becoming the first animal in space.

November 3, 1992 - «I Will Always Love You»

Whitney Houston’s cover of Dolly Parton’s «I Will Always Love You» was released, and became the Billboard Song of 1993.

November 4, 1922 - Tutankhamun’s tomb

Howard Carter discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun in Egypt.

November 4, 2008 - Barack Obama was elected

Barack Obama became the first African-American to be elected as president of the United States of America.

November 5, 1605 - Guy Fawkes

Guy Fawkes attempted to blow up Parliament, but was discovered, tortured and executed.

November 5, 1956 - The Nat King Cole Show

The first variety program hosted by an African-American, The Nat King Cole Show debuted on NBC.

November 6, 1917 - Bolshevik Revolution

The bombardment of the Winter Palace in Petrograd marked the beginning of the Bolshevik Revolution.

November 7, 2020 - Joe Biden won the election

Former vice-president Joe Biden won the US president election, defeating sitting president Donald Trump.

November 8, 392 - Roman Empire became Christian

The Roman emperor Theodosius declared the Christian religion to be the state religion.

November 8, 1519 - Aztec emperor meeting

The Aztec emperor Moctezuma II and the Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés had their first meeting in Tenochtitlan, Mexico.

November 8, 1895 - X-ray production

The German physicist Wilhelm Röntgen produced what is today known as X-rays.

November 8, 2005 - Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf

Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf was elected the president of Liberia, and became the first woman to lead an African country.

November 8, 1999 - "Sacred Arias"

Andrea Bocelli released "Sacred Arias", which became the world's best-selling single artist classical album.

November 8, 2017 - Surfing the biggest-ever wave

Brazilian surfer Rodrigo Koxa broke the world record for biggest wave ever surfed, by surfing a 24.4m wave at Nazaré, Portugal.

November 9, 1799 - Napoleon Bonaparte coup

Napoleon Bonaparte pulled off a coup and became the dictator of France, taking the title of first consul.

November 10, 1885 - World's first motorcycle

The German engineer Gottlieb Daimler revealed the world's first motorcycle.

November 11, 1992 - Female priests

The Church of England opened up for the ordination of female priests.

November 12, 1970 - Cyclone Bhola

The deadliest cyclone ever recorded, Cyclone Bhola, killed up to 500 000 people in East Pakistan (Bangladesh).

November 13, 1956 - Race separation on buses

The US Supreme court ruled race separation of buses in Alabama unconstitutional, around year after the Alabama Bus Boycott started.

November 13, 2002 - "Lose Yourself"

Eminem released his single "Lose Yourself", which became the first ever rap song to win the Academy Award Best Original Song.

November 14, 1908 - Albert Einstein

German theoretical physicist Albert Einstein presented his quantum theory of light.

November 15, 1969 - Vietnam War Moratorium Demonstration

Around two million people took part in the Vietnam War Moratorium Demonstration across the US.

November 16, 1945 - UNESCO

UNESCO was founded: The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

November 17, 2003 - Britney Spears

At 21, Britney Spears became the youngest singer to receive a star on Hollywood Walk of Fame.

November 17, 1855 - David Livingstone

The Scottish explorer David Livingstone became the first European to see Victoria Falls, in what is now Zimbabwe and Zambia.

November 17, 1869 - Suez Canal

The Suez Canal was opened in Egypt, linking the Mediterranean and Red Seas.

November 17, 2013 - Sebastian Vettel

German driver Sebastian Vettel wins his eight consecutive Formula 1 race, a new record.

November 18, 1626 - St Peter's Basilica

The St Peter's Basilica was consecrated in the Vatican City, becoming the world's largest Christian basilica.

November 18, 1993 - South Africa constitution

Black and white leaders in South Africa approved their new democratic constitution, finally granting rights to all.

November 19, 1805 - Lewis and Clark Expedition

The Lewis and Clark Expedition reached the Pacific Ocean, as the first Americans to cross the west.

November 20, 1902 - Tour de France

The Tour the France bicycle race was created by Geo Lefevre and Henri Desgrange.

November 21, 2017 - Robert Mugabe's resignation

After 37 years in power, Robert Mugabe resigned as president of Zimbabwe.

November 22, 1963 - John F. Kennedy Assassination

US president John F. Kennedy was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas, Texas.

November 22, 2005 - Angela Merkel

Angela Merkel became the first female chancellor of Germany.

November 23, 1992 - First smartphone

The IBM Simon, the world's first smartphone, was introduced at COMDEX in Las Vegas, Nevada.

November 24, 1859 - "On the Origin of Species"

The English naturalist Charles Darwin published "On the Origin of Species", laying the foundation of evolutionary biology.

November 24, 1974 - Early human skeleton discovered

The most complete early human skeleton was discovered in the Middle Awash of Ethiopia's Afar Depression.

November 25, 1999 - International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

The UN established the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

26 November, 1789 - Thanksgiving

A national Thanksgiving Day was proclaimed by president George Washington at the request of Congress.

27 November 1895 - Nobel Prize

The Nobel Prize was established by the Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel's will.

27 November, 2013 - Disney's "Frozen"

Disney's "Frozen" was released, which would become the highest-grossing animated movie of all time.

28 November, 1814 - The Times printed

The Times of London was for the first time printed by automatic, steam powered presses, making newspapers available to a much larger audience.

28 November, 1893 - Women vote in New Zealand

For the first time ever, women voted in a national election in the New Zealand general election.

November 29, 1935 - "Schrödinger's cat"

The Austrian-Irish physicist Erwin Schrödinger published his famous thought experiment "Schrödinger's Cat".

November 30, 1979 - Pink Floyd's "The Wall"

Pink Floyd released their album "The Wall", selling six million copies in two weeks.

November 30, 1982 - "Thriller"

Michael Jackson released his sixth studio album "Thriller", becoming the best-selling album of all time.

Let's all continue to appreciate our rich history and the people who made the discoveries and inventions that have led us to where we are today.


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Tone Breistrand

Hi there! I am a Norwegian writer living in London. I like to write about love, Disney and finding happiness.

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