November, on this day
begins his reign as Catholic Pope
1570 A tidal wave in the North Sea devastates the coast from Holland
to Jutland, killing more than 1,000 people.
1648 12,000 Jews massacred by Chmielnicki hordes in Narol, Podlia
1675 A combined attack by the Plymouth, Rhode Island, Massachusetts
Bay and Connecticut colonies attacks the Great Swamp Fort, owned by
King Philip's War.
Revolutionary War : Samuel
Adams and Joseph
Warren form the first Committee
1783 General Washington
bids farewell to his army
1795 The French
Directory succeeds the French National
Convention as the government of Revolutionary France.
1824 Popular presidential vote 1st recorded; Jackson beats J.Q. Adams
1835 2nd Seminole War begins in Osceola
Akbar Khan successfully revolts against Shah Shuja in Afghanistan.
second Afghan war
Civil War : Western Department Union General John
C. Fremont is relieved of command and replaced by David
1871 British police begin their 'Rogue's
Gallery' - taking photographs of all convicted prisoners.
A Garfield elected US President
1889 North Dakota becomes 39th and South Dakota becomes the 40th state
1895 The first gasoline-powered race in the United States. First prize:
Herzl arrives in Jerusalem
Boer War : Start of the siege
of Ladysmith in Natal when Boers encircle British troops and civilians
inside the town.
1903 In Britain, the publication of the 'Daily
Mirror' newspaper - designed especially to be read by women
1914 Russia declares war on the Ottoman
1915 1st US election by proportional representation, Ashtabula, Ohio
1917 1st US soldiers killed in combat in WW I
1917 Britain issues the 'Balfour
Declaration" promoting support for a Jewish state in Palestine
Agreement; US recognizes Japan's privileges in China
1920 KDKA (Pittsburgh) goes on the air as 1st commercial radio station
G Harding elected President
1924 Almost 11 years after its appearance in America, the first 'crossword
puzzle' is published in a British newspaper, sold to the Sunday Express
by C.W. Shepherd.
Tafari, King of Ethiopia, crowned Haile
Selassie I, 225th emperor of Solmonic Dynasty
1936 1st high-definition (then defined as at least 200 lines) TV broadcast
service, by BBC in London
1936 The Canadian
Broadcasting Corporation is established.
1936 Italian dictator Benito
Mussolini proclaims the Rome-Berlin Axis, establishing the alliance
of the Axis
1942 4th phase of Battle of Alamein, Operation
1947 Howard Hughes' "Spruce
Goose" flies for 1st and last time
1948 Truman beats Dewey, confounding pollsters and newspapers
1953 Founding of the Samaritans.
1953 The Constituent Assembly of Pakistan names the country The Islamic
Republic of Pakistan.
1954 In Britain, the comedy series 'Hancock's
Half Hour' is first broadcast on BBC Radio.
1956 Hungary appeals for UN assistance against Soviet invasion
1956 Israel captures Gaza and Sheham
1957 The Levelland
UFO Case in Levelland, Texas, generates national publicity, and
remains one of the most impressive UFO cases in American history.
1957 1st titanium mill opened, Toronto Ohio
1957 American rock 'n roll star Elvis
Presley sets an all-time record with 8 hit singles in the UK Top
30 chart at the same time.
show scandals : Twenty
One game show contestant Charles
Van Doren admits to a Congressional committee that he had been
given questions and answers in advance
1959 The first section of the M1
motorway, the first inter-urban motorway in the United Kingdom,
is opened between the present junctions 5 and 18, along with the M10
motorway and M45 motorway
1959 Ice Hockey: After being struck in the face with a puck, goalkeeper
Plante returns to play wearing a protective mask for the first
time in professional play.
1960 In Britain, Penguin publishers are cleared of obscenity for printing
the D.H.Lawrence novel 'Lady
1962 US President John Kennedy announces that the 'Cuban Missile Crisis'
is over - after ships carrying nuclear missiles to Cuba are ordered
to return to Russia
1963 During a military coup in South Vietnam, President Ngo
Dinh Diem is assassinated
1964 In Britain, the first episode of the television soap opera 'Crossroads'
is broadcast on ITV
1964 King Saud
of Saudi Arabia is deposed by a family coup, and replaced by his
Morrison, a 31-year-old Quaker, sets himself on fire in front
of the river entrance to the Pentagon to protest the use of napalm
in the Vietnam war.
1966 The Cuban
Adjustment Act enters force, allowing 123,000 Cubans the opportunity
to apply for permanent residence in the United States.
1967 US President Lyndon
B. Johnson and "The Wise Men" conclude that the American
people should be given more optimistic reports on the progress of
1974 78 die when the Time Go-Go Club in Seoul, South Korea burns down.
Six of the victims jumped to their deaths from the seventh floor after
a club official barred the doors after the fire started.
1976 Former Georgia Gov
Jimmy Carter (D) defeats incumbent Gerald R Ford (R) in race for
1978 Crew of Soyuz 29 returns to Earth aboard Soyuz 31
1978 The launch of a new daily newspaper in Britain, 'The
1983 President Reagan signs a bill establishing Martin
L King day
Barfield becomes the first woman executed in the United States
1988 The Morris
worm : computer virus strikes Pentagon, SDI research lab and 6
Likud wins election in Israel
1988 Mexican radio station erroneously reports Mike Tyson dies in
1995 Former South
African defence minister General Magnus
Malan and 10 other former senior military officers are arrested
and charged with murdering 13 black people in 1987, (all the accused
are later acquitted).
1997 American Craig
McCaw, who pioneered the mobile phone, agrees a record $277 million
divorce settlement with his wife Wendy
2000 The first
crew arrives at the International
Ranulph Fiennes and companion Mike Stroud complete their 7th marathon
in 7 days, each in a different country. Fiennes had suffered a heart
attack five months previously.
occurred on November 2nd:
1470 King Edward
V of England (1483); deposed, murdered? by Richard III
1734 Daniel Boone frontiersman/explorer (US Hall of Fame-1915)
1755 Marie-Antoinette Queen of France, let them eat cake
1795 James Knox Polk NC, 11th President (D) (1845-1849)
1815 George Boole mathematician (Boolean algebra)
1847 George Sorel French Socialist thinker, writer (violent revolutions)
1865 Warren Gamaliel Harding (R), 29th President (1921-23)
1885 Harlow Shapley US, astronomer (studied the galaxies)
1901 James Dunn NYC, actor (Uncle Earl-It's a Great Life)
1901 Paul Ford Baltimore MD, actor (Phil Silvers Show)
1906 Luchino Visconti Milan Italy, director (Damned, Death in Venice)
1911 Odysseus Elytis Greece, poet (Nobel 1979)
1913 Burt Lancaster NYC, actor (From Here to Eternity, Elmer Gantry)
1914 Ray Walston New Orleans LA, actor (My Favorite Martian, Damn
1917 Durward Knowles England, yachtsman (Olympic-gold-1968-Bahamas)
1919 Warren Stevens Clark's Summit PA, actor (Richard Boone Show)
1920 Ann Rutherford Toronto Canada, actress (Return to Vienna, Leave
it to the Girls)
1920 Lewis Charles NYC, actor (Feather & Father Gang)
1921 Willaim D Schaefer Maryland, (Gov-D-MD)
1929 Harold Farberman NYC, conductor/composer (Medea)
1929 Rachel Ames Portland Oregon, actress (Line Up, Audrey-Gen Hospital)
1932 Henri Namphy Cap Haitien Haiti, President of Haiti (1986- )
1934 Ken Rosewall Sydney Australia, tennis star (US 1956)
1936 Rose Bird California Supreme Court Judge
1938 Patrick Buchanan conservative political columnist
1942 Shere Hite St Joseph Missouri, sex therapist (Hite Report)
1942 Stefanie Powers Hollywood Ca, actress (Girl From UNCLE, Hart
1944 Jeffrey A Hoffman Brooklyn NY, PhD/astronaut (STS 51-D, 35, sk:46)
1946 Giuseppe Sinopoli Venice Italy, conductor (Sunnyata)
1951 Kathy Hammond US, 400m runner (Olympics-bronze-1972)
1952 Kate Linder actress (Esther-Young & Restless)
1953 Alfre Woodard Tulsa OK, actress (St Elsewhere)
1958 Bobby Dall rocker (Poison-Every Rose Has a Thorn)
1958 Willie McGee St Louis Card (1985 NL MVP)
1960 Mardi Jacquet Chateauroux CA, playmate (October, 1980)
1961 k.d. lang country singer (& the Reclines-Absolute Torch &
1963 Ines Diers German DR, 400m freestyle swimmer (Olympic-gold-1980)
1963 Susie Scott San Diego Ca, playmate (May, 1983)
1966 Rosalyn Fairbank South Africa, tennis player
1967 Darla Michele Pruett Canton Georgia, Miss Georgia-America (1991)
1968 Brandi Brandt Santa Clara CA, playmate (October, 1987)
1968 Helle Michaelsen Alborg Denmark, playmate (Aug, 1988)
1968 Melissa Evridge Lexington KY, playmate (Aug, 1990)
1975 Danny Cooksey Moore OK, actor (Sam-Diff'rent Strokes)
1990 Natasha Smirnoff daughter of Yakov Smirnov
Styron, US author, Sophie's Choice (1925)
Deaths which occurred on November 2nd:
1961 James Thurber humorist (The Male Animal), dies at 66
1980 Edith Bunker dies on "All in the Family"