Historic World Events / November (page 5)

November

List historic world events in November

September, 2016

  • 13 September

    Yogi Berra is the AL MVP

    Yogi Berra is the AL MVP

    On November 8, 1951, Yankees catcher Yogi Berra is voted the American League’s most valuable player for the first time in his career. St. Louis Browns’ ace pitcher and slugger Ned Garver almost won the award–in fact, a representative from the Baseball Writers Association of America phoned him and told …

  • 13 September

    First Harry Potter film opens

    First Harry Potter film opens

    On this day in 2001, the British author J.K. Rowling’s star creation–bespectacled boy wizard Harry Potter–makes his big-screen debut in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, which opens in movie theaters across the United States. Based on the mega-best-selling fantasy novel of the same name, the film, which starred Daniel …

  • 13 September

    British launch Operation Supercharge

    British launch Operation Supercharge

    On this day in 1942, General Montgomery breaks through Rommel’s defensive line at El Alamein, Egypt, forcing a retreat. It was the beginning of the end of the Axis occupation of North Africa. In July 1942, having already taken Tobruk, Gen. Erwin Rommel and his mixed German-Italian forces attempted to …

  • 13 September

    Moby-Dick published

    Moby-Dick published

    On this day in 1851, Moby-Dick, a novel by Herman Melville about the voyage of the whaling ship Pequod, is published by Harper & Brothers in New York. Moby-Dick is now considered a great classic of American literature and contains one of the most famous opening lines in fiction: “Call …

  • 12 September

    James Garfield marries Lucretia Rudolph

    James Garfield marries Lucretia Rudolph

    On this day in 1858, future President James Garfield marries fellow Disciple of Christ Church member Lucretia Rudolph. The couple met while Lucretia was a student at Hiram Eclectic Institute in Ohio, where Garfield was teaching classics and where she started a literary society and became an early proponent of …

  • 11 September

    Goldenrod sets the land-speed record

    Goldenrod sets the land-speed record

    On this day in 1965, brothers Bill and Bob Summers set a world land-speed record—409.277 miles per hour—on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. They did it in an amazing, hemi-powered hot rod they called the Goldenrod. (The car got its name from the ’57 Chevy gold paint the brothers …

  • 11 September

    Jeopardy! contestant’s record winning streak ends

    Jeopardy! contestant’s record winning streak ends

    On this day in 2004, after winning 74 straight games and more than $2.5 million–a record for U.S. game shows–Jeopardy! contestant Ken Jennings loses. Jennings’ extended winning streak gave the game show a huge ratings boost and turned the software engineer from Salt Lake City, Utah into a TV hero …

  • 10 September

    The Philippines agrees to send troops to South Vietnam

    The Philippines agrees to send troops to South Vietnam

    President Elect Ferdinand Marcos of the Philippines states that he will send troops to South Vietnam, in response to President Lyndon Johnson’s call for “more flags” in Vietnam. Johnson hoped to enlist other nations to send military aid and troops to support the American cause in South Vietnam. The level …

  • 10 September

    Darryl Dawkins breaks his first backboard

    Darryl Dawkins breaks his first backboard

    On November 13, 1979, in the middle of a game at the Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Philadelphia 76ers center Darryl Dawkins leaps over Kansas City Kings forward Bill Robinzine and slam-dunks the basketball, shattering the fiberglass backboard. The result, according to people who were at the game, was a …

  • 10 September

    Philippines struggles with severe flooding

    Philippines struggles with severe flooding

    On this day in 1991, Tropical Storm Thelma causes severe and massive floods in the Philippines, killing nearly 3,000 people. It is the second major disaster of the year for the island nation, as it comes on the heels of the violent June 12 eruption of Mount Pinatubo. The storm …