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This Week In History

   By Robert Sullivan
November 2017
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Nov. 1-7

November 1st


All Saints’ Day, also known as All Hallows’ Day, is a Christian festival celebrated in honor of all the saints.


November 2nd


In 1947, Howard Hughes' "Spruce Goose" (flying boat) flew for the first and only time in Long Beach Harbor, California. It soared 70 feet off of the ground for about a mile. Hughes built, flew, and designed this eight-engine, 200-ton wood plane which was the biggest in the world, at the time. It’s expenses totaled to $25 million.


November 3rd


In 1957, Soviet Russia sent a dog named Laika into outer space, in the capsule Sputnik II, making her the first animal in space.


November 4th


In 1922, after countless years of research and exploration, British archaeologist --Howard Carter-- found King Tut's tomb in Luxor, Egypt.


November 5th


In 1733, John Peter Zenger published the first issue of the New York Weekly Journal. During Colonial America, he worked as a printer and journalist.


November 6th


In 1860, Abraham Lincoln was elected President of The United States. As the first Republican and 16th president, he is widely known for his issuing of the Emancipation Proclamation, which abolished slavery.


November 7th


In 1967, Carl Stokes was elected mayor of Cleveland, Ohio. He became the first African-American mayor in U.S. history.

Nov. 8-14

November 8th


In 1895, Wilhelm Roentgen discovered electromagnetic rays (X-Rays) at the University of Wuerzburg in Germany.


November 9th


In 1965, the Night of the Broken Glass, or Kristallnacht, commenced in Germany. This was the night where people burned and destroyed Jewish shops, houses, and synagogues.


November 10th


In 1775, the U.S. Marine Corps was created as a section of the U.S. Navy. In 1789, the Marine Corps became its own unit.


November 11th


This is Veteran’s Day in the United States. People pay their tributes to former and current members of the military on this holiday.


November 12th


In 1974, due to the apartheid, South Africa was suspended by the U.N. General Assembly.


November 13th


In 1927, the Holland Tunnel was open to transportation, becoming the first underwater tunnel in the U.S. The Holland Tunnel was constructed under the Hudson River.


November 14th

In 1840, Claude Monet, a famous, French artist was born. He developed impressionism through his works of art which include the Haystacks, Poplars, and Rouen Cathedral series.

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