Historic World Events / November (page 30)

November

List historic world events in November

May, 2016

  • 27 May

    Kennedy assassinated

    Kennedy assassinated

    President John F. Kennedy is assassinated during a visit to Dallas, Texas. His death caused intense mourning in the United States and brought Vice President Lyndon Johnson to the presidency. Kennedy’s untimely death also left future generations with a great many “what if” questions concerning the subsequent history of the …

  • 27 May

    Army major kills 13 people in Fort Hood shooting spree

    Army major kills 13 people in Fort Hood shooting spree

    On this day in 2009, 13 people are killed and more than 30 others are wounded, nearly all of them unarmed soldiers, when a U.S. Army officer goes on a shooting rampage at Fort Hood in central Texas. The deadly assault, carried out by Major Nidal Malik Hasan, an Army …

  • 26 May

    Congress pleads for soldiers

    Congress pleads for soldiers

    On this day in 1776, Congress pleads for the states to send more soldiers to serve in the Continental Army, reminding them “how indispensable it is to the common safety, that they pursue the most immediate and vigorous measures to furnish their respective quotas of Troops for the new Army, …

  • 26 May

    Tom Horn is born in Missouri

    Tom Horn is born in Missouri

    The notorious hired killer Tom Horn is born on this day in 1860, in Memphis, Missouri. “Killing is my specialty,” Horn reportedly once said. “I look at it as a business proposition, and I think I have a corner on the market.” Horn was raised on a farm, and like …

  • 25 May

    East Pakistan devastated by cylcone

    East Pakistan devastated by cylcone

    Tidal waves and storm surges strike the shores of the Ganges Delta, wreaking lethal damage on the people of East Pakistan (now Bangladesh). A 100-mph tropical cyclone spurred the deadly flood of ocean water that washed over scores of coastal islands and devastated the densely populated delta region. An estimated …

  • 25 May

    George Foreman becomes oldest heavyweight champ in history

    George Foreman becomes oldest heavyweight champ in history

    On November 5, 1994, 45-year-old George Foreman knocks out 26-year-old Michael Moorer and becomes the oldest heavyweight champ in the history of boxing. Foreman had been the champ once before, until Muhammed Ali took the belt from him in 1974’s “Rumble in the Jungle,” but he’d taken 10 years off …

  • 25 May

    Franklin Pierce marries Jane Appleton

    Franklin Pierce marries Jane Appleton

    On this day in 1834, future President Franklin Pierce marries a petite and devout Calvinist named Jane Appleton. Her brother-in-law officiated at the wedding. Jane and Franklin had three sons, all of whom died before adulthood. These tragedies haunted the couple and contributed to Pierce’s subsequent battle with alcoholism, which …

  • 25 May

    Iranians storm U.S. embassy

    Iranians storm U.S. embassy

    Student followers of the Ayatollah Khomeini send shock waves across America when they storm the U.S. embassy in Tehran. The radical Islamic fundamentalists took 90 hostages. The students were enraged that the deposed Shah had been allowed to enter the United States for medical treatment and they threatened to murder …

  • 24 May

    Kennedy decides to increase military aid to Saigon

    Kennedy decides to increase military aid to Saigon

    President John F. Kennedy decides to increase military aid to South Vietnam without committing U.S. combat troops. Kennedy was concerned at the advances being made by the communist Viet Cong, but did not want to become involved in a land war in Vietnam. He hoped that the military aid would …

  • 24 May

    FDR re-elected president

    FDR re-elected president

    On this day in 1940, Franklin Delano Roosevelt is re-elected for an unprecedented third term as president of the United States. Roosevelt was elected to a third term with the promise of maintaining American neutrality as far as foreign wars were concerned: “Let no man or woman thoughtlessly or falsely …