Historic World Events / November (page 2)

November

List historic world events in November

September, 2016

  • 25 September

    Johnson defeats Goldwater for presidency

    Johnson defeats Goldwater for presidency

    In one of the most crushing victories in the history of U.S. presidential elections, incumbent Lyndon Baines Johnson defeats Republican challenger Barry Goldwater, Sr. With over 60 percent of the popular vote, Johnson turned back the conservative senator from Arizona to secure his first full term in office after succeeding …

  • 25 September

    Long Binh base turned over to South Vietnam

    Long Binh base turned over to South Vietnam

    The massive Long Binh military base, once the largest U.S. installation outside the continental United States, is handed over to the South Vietnamese. This logistical complex, which had been constructed on the outskirts of Bien Hoa near the outskirts of Saigon, included numerous ammunition depots, supply depots, and other logistics …

  • 25 September

    An assassination attempt threatens President Harry S. Truman

    An assassination attempt threatens President Harry S. Truman

    On this day, Griselio Torresola and Oscar Collazo attempt to assassinate President Harry S. Truman at the Blair House in Washington, D.C. Truman escaped unscathed. In the autumn of 1950, the White House was being renovated and President Truman and his family were living in the nearby Blair House on …

  • 24 September

    Dam gives way in Georgia

    Dam gives way in Georgia

    On this day in 1977, the Toccoa Falls Dam in Georgia gives way and 39 people die in the resulting flood. Ninety miles north of Atlanta, the Toccoa (Cherokee for “beautiful”) Falls Dam was constructed of earth across a canyon in 1887, creating a 55-acre lake 180 feet above the …

  • 24 September

    Washington, D.C., sniper John Muhammad convicted

    Washington, D.C., sniper John Muhammad convicted

    On this day in 2003, ex-soldier John Muhammad is found guilty of one of a series of sniper shootings that terrorized the metropolitan Washington, D.C., area and dominated national headlines in October 2002. Police charged that Muhammad and his 17-year-old accomplice, Lee Boyd Malvo, killed 10 people and wounded three …

  • 23 September

    Gaither Report calls for more U.S. missiles and fallout shelters

    Gaither Report calls for more U.S. missiles and fallout shelters

    The final report from a special committee called by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to review the nation’s defense readiness indicates that the United States is falling far behind the Soviets in missile capabilities, and urges a vigorous campaign to build fallout shelters to protect American citizens. The special committee had …

  • 22 September

    A wealthy heiress is murdered by her son

    A wealthy heiress is murdered by her son

    Wealthy socialite Barbara Baekeland is stabbed to death with a kitchen knife by her 25-year-old son, Antony, in her London, England, penthouse. When police arrived at the scene, Antony was calmly placing a telephone order for Chinese food. Antony’s great-grandfather, Leo Baekeland, acquired his family’s fortune with the creation of …

  • 22 September

    Margaret Mitchell is born

    Margaret Mitchell is born

    On this day in 1900, Margaret Mitchell, author of Gone with the Wind (1936), is born in Atlanta, Georgia. Mitchell worked as a journalist for the Atlanta Journal for six years. She quit after an ankle injury limited her mobility, and she devoted herself to her novel about the South …

  • 21 September

    Britain supports creation of Jewish homeland

    Britain supports creation of Jewish homeland

    British Foreign Secretary Arthur James Balfour submits a declaration of intent to establish a Jewish homeland in Palestine. The British government hoped that the formal declaration would help garner Jewish support for the Allied effort in World War I. The Balfour Declaration was included in the British mandate over Palestine, …

  • 21 September

    Ringo Starr earns a solo #1 hit with “Photograph”

    Ringo Starr earns a solo #1 hit with “Photograph”

    Ringo Starr becomes the third former Beatle to earn a solo #1 hit when “Photograph” tops the Billboard Hot 100 on November 24, 1973.  Ringo Starr—the man who replaced Pete Best on drums in the Beatles in 1962—once famously proclaimed of his role in the group that he was “joost …