November

List historic world events in November

September, 2016

  • 29 September

    Frank Duryea wins first U.S. horseless-carriage race

    Frank Duryea wins first U.S. horseless-carriage race

    On November 28, 1895, Frank Duryea wins the first motor-car race in the United States, a 54-mile loop along the lakeshore from Chicago to Waukegan and back again. The race was a harrowing one–It was held during one of Chicago’s great snowstorms, and the contestants’ cars got stuck in snowdrifts, …

  • 29 September

    South Vietnamese fight first major battle after U.S. troops are withdrawn

    South Vietnamese fight first major battle after U.S. troops are withdrawn

    Sixty South Vietnamese men are killed or wounded when their troops clash with communist forces in the Mekong Delta. The North Vietnamese lost only 14 men. A South Vietnamese spokesman said that the high South Vietnamese casualties were “due to bad fighting on our part.” The battle was the first …

  • 28 September

    President receives optimistic reports

    President receives optimistic reports

    President Lyndon Johnson is briefed on the situation in Vietnam by Gen. William Westmoreland, Ambassador Ellsworth Bunker, and Robert W. Komer, the head of the Civil Operations and Revolutionary Development Support program. They painted an optimistic picture that led Johnson to state on television on November 17 that, while much …

  • 28 September

    Pentagon calls for troop increase

    Pentagon calls for troop increase

    The Pentagon informs President Johnson that if General Westmoreland is to conduct the major sweep operations necessary to destroy enemy forces during the coming year, U.S. troop strength should be increased from 120,000 to 400,000 men. Also on this day: The Viet Cong release two U.S. special forces soldiers captured …

  • 28 September

    Henry James’ first novel is published

    Henry James’ first novel is published

    On this day in 1875, American writer Henry James publishes his first novel, Roderick Hudson. Earlier in the year, he had published Transatlantic Sketches, a book of travel essays, and a short-story collection titled A Passionate Pilgrim. James, born in New York in 1843, was the second son of a …

  • 27 September

    Voyager I flies near Saturn

    Voyager I flies near Saturn

    More than three years after its launch, the U.S. planetary probe Voyager 1 edges within 77,000 miles of Saturn, the second-largest planet in the solar system. The photos, beamed 950 million miles back to California, stunned scientists. The high-resolution images showed a world that seemed to confound all known laws …

  • 27 September

    Benazir Bhutto elected leader of Pakistan

    Benazir Bhutto elected leader of Pakistan

    In Pakistan, citizens vote in their first open election in more than a decade, choosing as prime minister the populist candidate Benazir Bhutto, daughter of former Pakistani leader Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. She was the first woman leader of a Muslim country in modern history. After General Mohammed Zia-ul-Haq seized power …

  • 26 September

    Battle of Campbell Station, Tennessee

    Battle of Campbell Station, Tennessee

    On this day in 1863, Confederates under General James Longstreet fail to defeat a Union force under General Ambrose Burnside at the Battle of Campbell Station near Knoxville, Tennessee. After the Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania,in early July 1863, General Robert E. Lee, commander of the Army of Northern Virginia,allowed Longstreet …

  • 25 September

    Black Bart makes his last stagecoach robbery

    Black Bart makes his last stagecoach robbery

    On this day, authorities almost catch the California bandit and infamous stagecoach robber called Black Bart; he manages to make a quick getaway, but drops an incriminating clue that eventually sends him to prison. Black Bart was born Charles E. Boles, probably in the state of New York around 1830. …

  • 25 September

    President Carter hosts shah of Iran

    President Carter hosts shah of Iran

    On this day in 1977, President Jimmy Carter welcomes Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the shah of Iran, and his wife, Empress (or “Shahbanou”) Farrah, to Washington. Over the next two days, Carter and Pahlavi discussed improving relations between the two countries. Two years later, the two leaders’ political fates would be …