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Historical Calendar - November

Historic events for November

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Greenwich image
1884

Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is universally adopted at a meeting of the International Meridian Conference in Washington DC, USA.

Balfour Decloration image
1917

The Balfour Declaration proclaims support for Jewish settlement in Palestine.

Aurangzeb image
1618

Aurangzeb, Mughal Emperor of India, is born.

Leg image
1846

First U.S. patent for an artificial leg granted to Benjamin F. Palmer of Meredith, New Hampshire.

Execution image
1605

Remember remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason why gunpowder, treason
Should ever be forgot...

Texas image
1528

Shipwrecked Spanish conquistador Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca becomes the first known European to set foot in Texas.

Slavery image
1775

Lord Dunmore, promises freedom to male slaves who join British army

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Hernán Cortés image
1519

Hernán Cortés enters Tenochtitlán.

Ripper image
1888

The last 'Whitechapel murder' committed by Jack the Ripper.

Duel image
1801

The US state of Kentucky outlaws dueling.

Chrysanthemums image
1790

Chrysanthemums first introduced to England from China.

John McGahern image
1934

John McGahern, Irish author, born.

Riot image
1887

Bloody Sunday riots in central London.

lung image
1968

First European  lung transplant operation.

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Sir William Herschel image
1738

Sir William Frederick Herschel, German born British astronomer, is born.

Jack Sheppard image
1724

Jack Sheppard, English burglar is hanged.

Sir Walter Raleigh
1603

Sir Walter Raleigh goes on trial for treason.

apple image
1307

William Tell shoots an apple off his son's head.

Ferdinand, Vicomte de Lesseps image
1600

Ferdinand, Vicomte de Lesseps, French diplomat who supervised construction of the Suez Canal, born.

Nadine Gordimer image
1923

Nadine Gordimer, South African writer and political activist, born.

Henry Purcell image
1695

Henry Purcell, English composer, dies.

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golf image

1910

First U.S. patent for a steel-shafted golf club is issued to Arthur F. Knight of Schenectady, New York.

John Milton image
1644

John Milton publishes Areopagitica, a pamphlet decrying censorship.


River Thames image
1434

The River Thames freezes.

The White ship image
1120

The White Ship sinks in the English Channel, drowning William Adelin, son of Henry I of England.

Alice Liddell image
1862

Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (AKA Lewis Carroll) sends the manuscript of Alice's Adventures Underground to Alice Liddell.

Lighthouse image
1703

The first Eddystone Lighthouse is destroyed in the Great Storm of 1703.

William Blake image
1757

William Blake, English poet, painter, and printmaker, born.

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Berezina River image
1812

Napoleon's Grand Army crosses Berezina River in retreat from Russia.

Jonathan Swift image
1667

Jonathan Swift, Irish satirist, essayist, political pamphleteer, born.







 

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