United States Historical Events in November

United States Historical Events is a daily guide to the important events that shaped America to what it is today. This is a compilation of significant events for the month of November including the birth and death of famous Americans as well as laws promulgated by authorities. The list is constantly updated to incorporate the most recent events.

United States Historical Events in November

Day Year Event
1 1952 The United States detonates the hydrogen bomb, the world’s first thermonuclear weapon.
1 1955 United Airlines Flight 629 exploded over Longmont, Colorado killing all 44 people on board.
2 1734 Birthday: Daniel Boone, a pioneer who is famous for his exploration and settlement of Kentucky.
2 1795 Birthday: James K. Polk, the 11th US president, was born in Pineville, North Carolina.
2 1865 Birthday: Warren Harding, the 29th US president, was born in Blooming Grove, Ohio.
2 1889 North Dakota and South Dakota became the 39th and 40th state respectively to the admitted to the Union.
3 1783 The American Continental Army is disbanded.
3 1793 Birth: Stephen F. Austin, considered as the “Father of Texas” for the successful colonization of the region by bringing 300 families and their slaves from the United States to the Tejas region in 1825.
4 1791 Battle of the Wabash, also called St. Clair’s defeat, considered as the most decisive defeat in the history of the American military by native American Indians.
4 1939 United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt orders the United States Customs Service to implement the Neutrality Act of 1939 which allows cash-and-carry purchases of weapons by belligerents.
5 1895 The first US patent for automobile was granted to inventor George B. Selden.
5 1996 Proposition 215, or the Compassionate Use Act of 1996 was enacted in California by means of the initiative process. This law permits the use of medical cannabis despite marijuana’s lack of the normal Food and Drug Administration testing for safety and efficacy.
6 1798 The Metropolitan Archdiocese of Baltimore, the premier Catholic archdiocese in the United States, was established.
6 1861 Birth: James Naismith, Canadian-American who is best known as the inventor of basketball in Springfield, Massachusetts.
6 1947 Meet The Press, the longest running television show, makes its debut.
6 1971 The largest U.S. underground hydrogen bomb, code-named Cannikin, was tested on Amchitka Island in the Aleutians by the United States Atomic Energy Commission tests.
7 1786 Founding of the Stoughton Musical Society, the oldest musical organization in the United States.
8 1889 Montana became the 41th state respectively to the admitted to the Union.
9 1872 The Great Boston Fire of 1872 – considered as one of the costliest conflagration in American history.
10 1775 Samuel Nicholas organizes the United States Marine Corps at Tun Tavern in Philadelphia.
10 1999 Samuel Nicholas organizes the United States Marine Corps at Tun Tavern in Philadelphia.
11 1889 Washington became the 42th state to the admitted to the Union.
12 1936 The San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge in California opens to traffic.
13 1956 The Supreme Court of the United States declares Alabama laws requiring segregated buses illegal. The declaration ended the Montgomery bus boycott.
13 1986 US Congress signed into law the Compact of Free Association (COFA), an international agreement establishing and governing the relationships of free association between the United States and the three Pacific Island sovereign states of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI), and the Republic of Palau.
14 1784 Samuel Seabury was consecrated as the first American Episcopal bishop of the Anglican Church in the United States.
14 1967 A patent for ruby laser systems, the world’s first laser was given to American physicist Theodore Maiman.
14 1740 The University of Pennsylvania was established by Benjamin Franklin in Philadelphia.
15 1968 The Cleveland Transit System becomes the first rapid transit system to provide direct transportation service from its major airport to the city’s downtown.
16 1907 Oklahoma became the 46th state to the admitted to the Union.
17 1746 Birth: Robert Livingston, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States; a member of the Committee of Five that drafted the Declaration of Independence, and the first Secretary of Foreign Affairs
17 1858 Founding of the city of Denver in Colorado.
18 1886 Death: Chester Arthur, the 21st US president, died in New York City at age 57.
18 1923 Birth: Alan Bartlett Shepard Jr., the second person and the first American to travel into space and, in 1971, he became the fifth and oldest person to walk on the Moon at age 47.
19 1831 Birthday: James Garfield Jr., the 20th US president, was born in Moreland Hills, Ohio.
19 1863 President Abraham Lincoln delivers his Gettysburg Address, one of the most well-known speeches in history.
20 1942 Birthday: Joseph Biden Jr., the 46th US president, was born in Pennsylvania, United States.
21 1789 North Carolina became the 12th state to the admitted to the Union.
22 1963 Death by Assassination: John Kennedy, the 35th US president, died in Dallas, Texas.
23 1804 Birthday: Franklin Pierce, the 14th US president, was born in Hillsborough, New Hampshire.
24 1784 Birthday: Zachary Taylor, the 12th US president, was born in Barboursville, Virginia.
25 1984 Thirty-six top musicians gather to record Band Aid’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” at a Notting Hill studio with the goal of raising money for famine relief in Ethiopia.
25 2002 Establishment of the United States Department of Homeland Security as a result of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, enacted in response to the September 11 attacks.
26 1778 Captain James Cook becomes the first European to visit Maui island in Hawaii.
26 1784 The Holy See in Rome established the Apostolic Prefecture of the United States, the earliest Roman Catholic ecclesiastical jurisdiction in the Unites States.
27 1839 Founding of the American Statistical Association in Boston, Massachusetts
28 1964 NASA launches the Mariner 4 probe toward planet Mars.
28 1953 Death: Enrico Fermi, the naturalized American physicist who created the world’s first nuclear reactor, the Chicago Pile-1 that ushered in the nuclear age.
29 1877 Inventor Thomas Edison demonstrates his phonograph for the first time.
30 1675 Cecil Calvert, the founder of Maryland’s first European settlement, died in England.
30 1729 Birth: Samuel Seabury, the first American Episcopal bishop and a leading Loyalist in New York City during the American Revolution
30 1999 Exxon Oil merged with Mobil to become ExxonMobil, the largest oil company in the United States.
30 2018 Death: George H. W. Bush, the 41st US president, died in Houston, Texas.

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