This Week in History

November 2

1889: North Dakota and South Dakota became the 39th and 40th states.

1898: The first incidence of cheerleading occurred at the University of Minnesota, when Johnny Campbell (age unknown) led the crowd in cheering on the football team.
2012: 46th Country Music Association Award: Blake Shelton & Miranda Lambert wins.

2014: Breeders’ Cup Horse Racing, Santa Anita Racetrack; Day 2 winners: Take Charge Brandi, Dayatthespa, Judy The Beauty, Bobby’s Kitten, Texas Red, Main Sequence, Work All Week, Karakontie, Bayern.

November 3

1900: The first national automobile show was held in New York.

1911: Chevrolet officially entered the automobile market in competition with the Ford Model T.

1914: New York socialite Mary Phelps Jacob (1891-1970) received the first patent for a modern bra, which she called the “backless brassiere.”

1954: The first Godzilla movie was released in Japan.

1964: Residents of Washington D.C. were able to vote in a presidential election for the first time.

1969: President Richard M. Nixon (1913-1994) coined the term “silent majority” in a national speech seeking widespread public support for the war in Vietnam.
1991: New York City Marathon: Salvador Garcia of Mexico men’s champion in 2:09:28; Liz McColgan of Scotland wins women’s title, 2:27.0
1992: Carol Moseley-Braun elected first African-American woman in US Senate, representing Illinois.

November 4

1783: Symphony No. 36 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) was performed for the first time in Linz, Austria.

1833: Mary Todd (1818-1882) married Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) in Springfield, Ill.

1839: The last large-scale armed rebellion against authority in mainland Britain occurred at Newport, Wales.

1847: Sir James Young Simpson (1811-1870), a British physician, discovered the anesthetic properties of chloroform.

1861: The University of Washington enrolled students for the first time in Seattle at the Territorial University.

1960: Dr. Jane Goodall (born 1934) observed chimpanzees creating tools, the first-ever observation in non-human animals, at the Kasakela Chimpanzee Community in Tanzania.

November 5

1499: The first French dictionary and the first Breton dictionary, the Catholicon, was published in Tréguier, Brittany, France. This Breton-French-Latin dictionary was written in 1464 by Jehan Lagadeuc (age unknown).

1831: Nat Turner (born 1800), leader of a slave rebellion that resulted in 60 white deaths, was tried, convicted, and sentenced to death in Virginia. (He was hanged six days later.)

1838: The Federal Republic of Central America began to disintegrate when Nicaragua separated from the Federation.

1895: George B. Selden (1846-1922) was granted the first U.S. patent for an automobile, 16 years after filing the original patent application. The patent was for an engine powered by gasoline vapor in a four-wheeled vehicle.

1912: Thomas Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924) was elected president of the United States, with Thomas Riley Marshall (1854-1925) as vice president.

1940: President Franklin Roosevelt (1882-1945) was re-elected to a third term in office. (He remains the only president to serve more than two terms.)

November 6

1528: Shipwrecked Spanish conquistador Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca (1488-1558) became the first known European to set foot in Texas.

1789: Pope Pius VI (1717-1799) appointed Father John Carroll (1735-1815) as the first Catholic bishop in the United States.

1865: CSS Shenandoah became the last Confederate combat unit to surrender after circumnavigating the globe on a cruise, during which it sank or captured 37 unarmed merchant vessels.
1962: The United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution condemning South Africa’s racist apartheid policies and called for all UN member nations to cease military and economic relations with the country.

November 7

1492: The oldest meteorite with a known date of impact, the Ensisheim meteorite, slammed into a wheat field around 12 noon near the village of Ensisheim, Alsace, France.

1910: The first air freight shipment occurred when the Wright Brothers flew a load of goods from Dayton, Ohio, to Columbus, Ohio, for department store owner Max Moorehouse (age unknown).

1944: Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945) was elected for a record fourth term as president of the United States of America.

November 8

1519: Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés (1485-1547) entered the Aztec capital city of Tenochtitlán, and Aztec ruler Montezuma (1466-1520) welcomed him with a great celebration. (Big mistake.)

1630: An immense flock of passenger pigeons darkened the skies over Boston.

1793: The Louvre opened in Paris.
1837: Mary Lyon (1797-1849) founded Mount Holyoke Female Seminary in South Hadley, Mass. (It later became Mount Holyoke College.)

1864: Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) was elected to a second term.

1889: Montana was admitted to the United States as the 41st state.

1895: German physicist Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen (1845-1923) became the 1965: The United Kingdom formally abolished the death penalty.
1972: HBO (Home Box Office) began broadcasting for the first time, with the 1971 movie Sometimes a Great Notion, starring Paul Newman (1925-2008) and Henry Fonda (1905-1982).
1994: For the first time in 40 years, the Republican Party gained control of both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.


November 2 – NATIONAL
Celebrate today with your
favorite recipe.

November 3 – JELLYFISH DAY
Let’s see a show of tentacles for all those who love jellyfish!

We hope your sweet tooth is ready, because today is
National Candy Day.

Bison are especially revered by
Native people – central to their
survival as both food and spiritual inspiration.

November 6 – DAYLIGHT

This means not only will you get an extra hour of sleep, but it will also become darker earlier in the afternoon. 

This day is celebrated in northern Tasmania, Australia.