This Week In History November 8th-12th


November 8th:

  1. 1731- Benjamin Franklin opened the first United States library in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  2. 1939- Johann Georg Elser planted a bomb at the Burgerbrau Beer Cellar in Munich, Germany where Hitler was due to make his speech. Hitler avoided the assassination attempt by leaving eight minutes before the bomb went off.
  3. 1965- The Murder Act was given Royal Assent, formally abolishing the death penalty for murder in the United Kingdom.
  4. 1972- Home Box Office (HBO) was launched.
  5. 2002- 8 Mile came out in theaters


November 9th:.

  1. 1960- John F Kennedy won the election for the president of the United States.
  2. 1967- The first issue of the Rolling Stone Magazine founded by Jann Wenner about music, popular culture, and politics was published.
  3. 1984- A Nightmare on Elm Street was released in theaters.
  4. 1989- The Berlin Wall fell. East Germany opened its borders, allowing citizens to freely cross into the West for the first time since the Berlin Wall was built in 1961.


November 10th:

  1. 1885- The world’s first motorcycle, designed by Gottlieb Daimler, made its first announced test-run.
  2. 1951- The first direct-dial, coast-to-coast telephone service in North America began.
  3. 1969- Sesame Street made its debut on PBS.
  4. 1973- Over 35 copies of Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five were burned because of North Dakota residents beliefs that the book was too pessimistic and not appropriate for children.
  5. 2004- The Polar Express came out in theaters.


November 11th:

  1. 1918- Germany signed the Armistice Agreement which brought an end to World War I
  2. 1954- Veteran’s Day was declared a national celebration.
  3. 1973- Israel and Egypt signed a peace treaty. This was the first agreement signed between Israel and Arabs in 24 years.
  4. The Soviet union refused to play a World Cup Soccer match against the Chilean football team scheduled on November 21st if the match was held in Santiago.


November 12th:

  1. 1859- The first flying trapeze act was performed by Jules Leotard at Cirque Napoleon in Paris, France.
  2. 1927- Josef Stalin took full control of the Soviet Union after Leon Trotsky was expelled from the Communist Party.
  3. 1933- The first Sunday football game was played in Philadelphia.
  4. 1954- Ellis Island closed after processing more than twenty million immigrants since 1892.


November 13th:

  1. 1789- Benjamin Franklin wrote a letter to his friend that contained the famous quote, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”
  2. 1956- The United States Supreme Court struck down laws calling for racial segregation on public buses.
  3. 1998- The Wizard of Oz was released again on the big screen by Warner Bros. fifty-nine years after its original release.
  4. 2006- A deal was finalized for Google Inc. to acquire YouTube for $1.65 million in Google stock.


November 14th:

  1. 1832- The first streetcar went into operation in New York City, New York.
  2. 1851- Herman Melville’s novel Moby Dick was first published in the United States.
  3. 1951- The first telecast of a world lightweight title fight was seen coast to coast. Jimmy Carter beat Art Aragon in Los Angeles, California.
  4. 1971- Blue Ribbon Sports became Nike.
  5. 2012- The game Candy Crush Saga was released as a mobile app for smartphones.