This Week In History November 15th-21st


November 15th:

  1. 1777- The Continental congress approved the Articles of Confederation.
  2. 1806- Explorer Zebulon Pike spotted the mountaintop that became known as Pikes Peak.
  3. 1920- The League of Nations met for the first time in Geneva, Switzerland.
  4. 1956- Elvis Presley made his acting debut in the premiere of the “Love Me Tender” movie.
  5. 2006- Andy Warhol’s painting of Communist Party Chairman Mao Zedong sold for $17.4 million dollars.


November 16th:                                                                                                       

  1. 1907- Oklahoma was admitted as the 46th state.
  2. 1915- Coca-Cola had its prototype for a contoured bottle patented.
  3. 1969- The U.S. Army announced that several people had been charged with massacre and the subsequent cover-up in the My Lai massacre in Vietnam on March 16, 1968.
  4. 1973- A vaccine for Hepatitis  B was approved.
  5. 2001- The movie Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone opened in the U.S. and U.K..


November 17th:

  1. 1800- The U.S. Congress held its first session in Washington, DC, in the partially completed Capitol Building.
  2. 1904- The first underwater submarine journey was taken, from Southampton, England, to the Isle of Wight.
  3. In Germany, Kaiser Wilhelm banned the armed forces from dancing the tango.
  4. The Empire State Building was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
  5. 2010- Researchers trapped 38 antihydrogen atoms. It was the first time humans had trapped antimatter.


November 18th:

  1. 1903- The U.S. and Panama signed a treaty that granted the U.S. rights to build the Panama Canal.
  2. 1987- The U.S. Congress issued the Iran-Contra Affair report. The report said that President Ronald Reagan bore “ultimate responsibility” for wrongdoing by his aides.
  3. 1990- Paul McCartney’s birth certificate sold for $18,000 in an auction.
  4. 2001- Nintendo released the Gamecube home video game console in the U.S.
  5. 2011- One Direction’s first album “Up All Night” was released.


November 19th:

  1. 1863- U.S. President Abraham Lincoln delivered his Gettysburg Address as he dedicated a National Cemetery at the site of the Civil War Battlefield in Pennsylvania.
  2. 1982- Led Zeppelin’s album “Coda” released.
  3. 1998- Vincent Van Gogh’s “Portrait of the Artist Without Beard” sold at auction for more than $71 million
  4. 2001- U.S. President George W. Bush signed the most comprehensive air security bill in U.S. History.
  5. 2007- The Amazon Kindle was first released.


November 20th:

  1. 1789- New Jersey became the first state to ratify the Bill of Rights.
  2. 1873- Budapest was formed when the rival cities of Buda and Pest were united to form the capital of Hungary.
  3. 1962- The Cuban Missile Crisis ended. The Soviet union removed its missiles and bombers from Cuba and the U.S. ended its blockade of the island.
  4. 1969- The Nixon administration announced a halt to residential use of the pesticide DDT as part of a total phase out of the substance.
  5. 1995- Princess Diana admitted to being unfaithful to Prince Charles in an interview that was broadcasted on BBC Television


November 21st:

  1. 1620- The Mayflower reached Provincetown, MA. The ship discharged the Pilgrims at Plymouth, MA, on December 26th, 1620.
  2. 1877- Thomas A. Edison announced the invention of his phonograph.
  3. 1962- U.S. President Kennedy terminated the quarantine measures against Cuba.
  4. 1973- U.S. President Richard M. Nixon’s Attorney, J. Fred Buzhardt, announced the presence of an 18 ½ minute gap in one of the White House tape recordings related to the Watergate case.
  5. 1960- George Harrison was deported from Germany for being too young to perform with the Beatles.