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 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.
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.
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 be 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.
11 1889 Washington became the 42th state respectively 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.
14 1967 A patent for ruby laser systems, the world’s first laser was given to American physicist Theodore Maiman.
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 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.
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.
26 1778 Captain James Cook becomes the first European to visit Maui island in Hawaii.
27 1839 Founding of the American Statistical Association in Boston, Massachusetts
28 1964 NASA launches the Mariner 4 probe toward planet Mars
29 1877 Inventor Thomas Edison demonstrates his phonograph for the first time.
30 2018 Death: George H. W. Bush, the 41st US president, died in Houston, Texas.

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