Historic World Events / November (page 10)

November

List historic world events in November

August, 2016

  • 23 August

    U.N. votes for partition of Palestine

    U.N. votes for partition of Palestine

    Despite strong Arab opposition, the United Nations votes for the partition of Palestine and the creation of an independent Jewish state. The modern conflict between Jews and Arabs in Palestine dates back to the 1910s, when both groups laid claim to the British-controlled territory. The Jews were Zionists, recent emigrants …

  • 22 August

    Origin of Species is published

    Origin of Species is published

    On this day, Charles Darwin published On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or The Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life, which immediately sold out its initial print run. By 1872, the book had run through six editions, and it became one of the …

  • 22 August

    A woman ices her husband with anti-freeze

    A woman ices her husband with anti-freeze

    Shirley Allen is arrested for poisoning her husband, Lloyd Allen, with ethylene glycol, commonly known as anti-freeze. After witnessing her mother spike Lloyd’s drinks with the deadly substance, Shirley’s own daughter turned her in to the authorities. Lloyd Allen was Shirley’s sixth husband and the second to die from mysterious …

  • 20 August

    Chinese overwhelm Allies in North Korea

    Chinese overwhelm Allies in North Korea

    Three weeks after U.S. General Douglas MacArthur first reported Chinese communist troops in action in North Korea, U.S.-led U.N. troops begin a desperate retreat out of North Korea under heavy fire from the Chinese. Near the end of World War II, the “Big Three” Allied powers–the United States, the Soviet …

  • 20 August

    Alger Hiss released from prison

    Alger Hiss released from prison

    After 44 months in prison, former government official Alger Hiss is released and proclaims once again that he is innocent of the charges that led to his incarceration. One of the most famous figures of the Cold War period, Hiss was convicted in 1950 of perjury for lying to a …

  • 20 August

    The Body is elected governor of Minnesota

    The Body is elected governor of Minnesota

    On November 3, 1998, former professional wrestler Jesse “The Body” Ventura is elected governor of Minnesota with 37 percent of the vote. His opponents, seasoned politicians Hubert Humphrey III (son of Lyndon Johnson’s vice-president and the attorney general of Minnesota) and St. Paul mayor Norm Coleman, spent a total of …

  • 18 August

    Archaeologists enter tomb of King Tut

    Archaeologists enter tomb of King Tut

    In Egypt’s Valley of the Kings, British archaeologists Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon become the first souls to enter King Tutankhamen’s tomb in more than 3,000 years. Tutankhamen’s sealed burial chambers were miraculously intact, and inside was a collection of several thousand priceless objects, including a gold coffin containing the …

  • 17 August

    Last British soldiers leave New York

    Last British soldiers leave New York

    On this day in 1783, nearly three months after the Treaty of Paris was signed ending the American Revolution, the last British soldiers withdraw from New York City, the last British military position in the United States. After the last Redcoat departed New York, U.S. General George Washington entered the …

  • 17 August

    XIT Ranch sells its last head of cattle

    XIT Ranch sells its last head of cattle

    On this day, the XIT Ranch of Texas, once among the largest ranches in the world, sells its last head of cattle. Despite the popular image of the cattle rancher as an independent and self-reliant pioneer, big-city capitalists and stockholders owned many of the most important 19th century ranches. The …

  • 17 August

    Abraham Lincoln marries Mary Todd

    Abraham Lincoln marries Mary Todd

    On this day in 1842, struggling lawyer Abraham Lincoln marries Mary Anne Todd, a Kentucky native, at her sister’s home in Springfield, Illinois. Mary Todd, whose nickname was Molly, was the child of wealthy parents and received her education in prestigious all-girls schools where she excelled in cultural studies and …