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November 8th

1895

German scientist discovers X-rays
 
On this day in 1895, physicist Wilhelm Conrad Rontgen (1845-1923) becomes the first person to observe X-rays, a significant scientific advancement that would ultimately benefit a variety of fields, most of all medicine, by making the invisible visible. Rontgen's discovery occurred accidentally in ... read more »
Art, Literature, and Film History
1900
Margaret Mitchell, author of "Gone with the Wind," is born »
1994
Salvatore "Sonny" Bono is elected to the U.S. Congress »
U.S. Presidents
1864
Abraham Lincoln reelected »
1960
John F. Kennedy elected president »
Crime
1974
Ted Bundy botches an abduction attempt »
Germany
1923
Beer Hall Putsch begins »
Inventions & Science
1962
Sun sets on the Ford Rotunda »
Sports
1951
Yogi Berra is the AL MVP »
U.S. Politics
1973
Maurice Ferre becomes first Puerto Rican to lead a major U.S. mainland city »
1994
The Republican Revolution »
Vietnam War
1965
Lawrence Joel awarded Medal of Honor »
Westward Expansion
1887
Doc Holliday dies of tuberculosis »
World War II
1939
Hitler survives assassination attempt »

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November 9th

1938

Nazis launch Kristallnacht
 
On this day in 1938, in an event that would foreshadow the Holocaust, German Nazis launch a campaign of terror against Jewish people and their homes and businesses in Germany and Austria. The violence, which continued through November 10 and was later dubbed "Kristallnacht," or "Night of Broken ... read more »
Art, Literature, and Film History
1990
Willie Nelson's assets are seized by the IRS »
2004
Best-selling Millennium trilogy author Stieg Larsson dies at 50 »
Civil War
1862
Ambrose Burnside assumes command of the Union Army »
Cold War
1989
East Germany opens the Berlin Wall »
Crime
1971
A Sunday school teacher murders his family and goes undercover for 18 years »
France
1956
Jean-Paul Sartre denounces communism »
Natural Disasters & Environment
1965
The Great Northeast Blackout »
Vietnam War
1965
Antiwar protestor sets himself afire »
1970
Supreme Court refuses to rule on legality of Vietnam War »

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November 10th

1969

"Sesame Street" debuts
 
On this day in 1969, "Sesame Street," a pioneering TV show that would teach generations of young children the alphabet and how to count, makes its broadcast debut. "Sesame Street," with its memorable theme song ("Can you tell me how to get/How to get to Sesame Street"), went on to become the most... read more »
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Africa
1995
Playwright and activist hanged in Nigeria »
American Revolution
1775
Birth of the U.S. Marine Corps »
Art, Literature, and Film History
1973
Copies of "Slaughterhouse-Five" are burned in North Dakota »
Civil War
1865
Henry Wirz hanged for murder »
Inventions & Science
1903
Mary Anderson patents windshield wiper »
Natural Disasters & Environment
1975
Cargo ship suddenly sinks in Lake Superior »
Sports
1984
Maryland gets a miracle in Miami »
Native Americans
1808
Osage Indians cede Missouri and Arkansas lands »
U.S. Presidents
2001
George W. Bush addresses the United Nations regarding terrorism »
World War I
1928
WWI novel "All Quiet on the Western Front" is published »
World War II
1942
Germans take Vichy France »

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November 11th

1918

Armistice Day: World War I ends
 
At the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, the Great War ends. At 5 a.m. that morning, Germany, bereft of manpower and supplies and faced with imminent invasion, signed an armistice agreement with the Allies in a railroad car outside Compiégne, France. The First World War ... read more »
American Revolution
1778
Poor leadership leads to Cherry Valley Massacre »
Art, Literature, and Film History
1852
Louisa May Alcott publishes her first story »
Crime
1988
Police make a grisly discovery in Dorothea Puente's lawn »
Inventions & Science
1978
The General Lee jumps into history in "The Dukes of Hazzard" »
Slavery
1831
Nat Turner executed in Virginia »
Sports
1973
Soviet Union refuses to play Chile in World Cup Soccer »
U.S. Presidents
1921
Dedication of the Tomb of the Unknown Solider »
World War II
1942
Draft age is lowered to 18 »

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November 12th

1954

Ellis Island closes
 
On this day in 1954, Ellis Island, the gateway to America, shuts it doors after processing more than 12 million immigrants since opening in 1892. Today, an estimated 40 percent of all Americans can trace their roots through Ellis Island, located in New York Harbor off the New Jersey coast and named ... read more »
American Revolution
1775
Abigail Adams leads rhetorical charge against Britain »
Civil War
1864
The destruction of Atlanta begins »
Crime
1996
High school sweethearts murder their newborn child »
2004
Scott Peterson convicted of murder »
Inventions & Science
1799
First meteor shower on record »
Japan
1990
Akihito enthroned as emperor of Japan »
21st Century
2001
Plane crashes in Rockaway, New York »
Cold War
1982
Yuri Andropov assumes power in the Soviet Union »
U.S. Presidents
1979
Jimmy Carter shuts down oil imports from Iran »
Vietnam War
1969
Seymour Hersh breaks My Lai Massacre story »

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November 13th

1982

Vietnam Veterans Memorial dedicated
 
Near the end of a weeklong national salute to Americans who served in the Vietnam War, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is dedicated in Washington after a march to its site by thousands of veterans of the conflict. The long-awaited memorial was a simple V-shaped black-granite wall inscribed with the na... read more »
American Revolution
1775
Patriots take Montreal »
Civil War
1861
General George McClellan snubs President Lincoln »
France
2015
ISIL stages series of terrorist attacks in Paris, culminating in massacre at Bataclan theater »
Inventions & Science
1974
Karen Silkwood dies in mysterious one-car crash »
Natural Disasters & Environment
1985
The eruption of Nevado del Ruiz »
Sports
1979
Darryl Dawkins breaks his first backboard »
Red Scare
1953
Indiana Textbook Commission member charges that Robin Hood is communist »
Westward Expansion
1909
Ballinger-Pinchot scandal erupts »

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