November thoughout history, like all the other months is full of interesting dates.  The name November comes from the Latin root for nine, since it was the ninth month before the addition of January and February to the Roman calendar in 713 BC. 

November 1, 1946 – The first game of the Basketball Association of America is played by the New York Knicks and the Toronto Huskies.  The Basketball Association of America merges with the National Basketball League to form the National Basketball Association in 1949.  Six of the teams from the BAA are still playing in the NBA.

November 2, 1983 – President Ronald Reagan signs the bill making Martin Luther King Jr Day a federal holiday.  It is observed for the first time on January 20, 1986, and not by all states until 2000.

Sputnik 2 - November 3, 1957

November 3, 1957 – Sputnik 2 is launched by Soviet Union.  It contained a dog named Laika, making Laika the first animal in space.  She died after a few hours because of heat and stress.

November 4, 2008 – President Barak Obama becomes the first African American to be elected to the office of President of the United States of America.  The first African-American candidate for president was Shirley Chisholm in 1972, where she ran in 12 states and won 28 delegates.

November 5, 2007 – China succeeds in placing Chang’e 1 in orbit around the moon.  It is a first for China, and the satellite lasts until March 1, 2009 until it is crashed into the moon deliberately to gather more data.

November 6, 1947 – “Meet The Press” airs for the first time on NBC and is hosted by Martha Rountree, the shows only female moderator. 

November 7, 1967 – On this day, Carl B Stokes is the elected mayor of Cleveland Ohio, making him the first African-American mayor of a major city.

November 8, 1960 – In one of the closest presidential races in the twentieth century,  John F Kennedy defeats Richard Nixon, and becomes the 35th President of the United States.  Richard Nixon then ran for governor of California and lost.  He ran for President again in 1968 and won.

November 9, 1967 – Rolling Stone magazine published its first issue.  The magazine is about all things music, but is also known for its coverage of political topics.

November 10, 1969 – Sesame Street debuts on National Education Television.   Sesame Street has always had the goals of turning the addictiveness of television into a positive by teaching children.

November 11, 1926 – Route 66, over 2000 miles long, was first established in 1926.  It was a major highway of the United States for a time, but was removed from the Highway System in 1985, as it had been mostly supplanted by other highways.

Space Shuttle Columbia

November 12, 1981 – Space Shuttle Columbia launches and it is the first time that a manned space craft is used twice. 

November 13, 1947 – Soviet Union completes work on the AK-47, one of the first proper assault rifles.  An assault rifle can be fired on automatic or semi-automatic and is the standard weapon for most infantry.

November 14, 1969 – Apollo 12, the 2nd manned mission to the surface of the moon, launches.  The mission was successful with a landing on the moon.

November 15, 1971 – Intel used new silicon gate technology to make the 4004 single chip microprocessor.  It ws released on November 15, 1971.  This was the first commercially available microprocessor.

November 16, 1914 – The Federal Reserve Bank, established by the Federal Reserve Act of 1913, is opened.  The purpose of the Federal Reserve is to ward off financial panics in the business cycle.  The Federal Reserve Bank was established after a panic had happened with no Federal Bank in place, and a crisis was averted by a private system acting as a lender of last resort.

November 17, 1970 – The computer mouse is invented by Douglas Carl Engelbart, an American inventor.  Engelbart was a pioneer in the early computer industry. 

November 18, 1978 – Jim Jones and 909 others die in a mass murder suicide in Guyana.    

November 19, 1998 – The impeachment of President Bill Clinton is started today.  The Senate trial lasted 21 days looking into the crimes of obstruction of justice and perjury by President Clinton.

November 20, 1998 – The first module of the International Space Station, named Zarya, is launched into space.  This was a multipurpose module used during the initial construction of the station, but today is used mostly for storage.

November 21, 1922 – The first female United States Senator takes office.  Rebecca Latimer Felton from Georgia was appointed by the Governor to replace a senator who had dies, hoping to secure the women’s vote.  Felton was sworn in and the next day the winner of the special election was sworn in.  Felton served one day, also making her the senator shortest term.

November 22, 1963 – United States President John F Kennedy was assassinated.

November 23, 1963 – Doctor Who, the world’s longest running science fiction drama, is shown for the first time on BBC.

November 24, 1932 – The FBI Crime Lab opens for business.  The lab is considered the top crime lab in the country, although in the 1990s its reputation was tarnished with the revelations from a whistleblower.

November 25, 1952 – The Mousetrap, by Agatha Christie, opens in London and has been showing every since.  It is the longest running play in history, with over 24,000 performances.


November 26, 2003 – Concorde, the supersonic airplane service, had its final flight on November 26, 2003.  The aircraft were designed and built in a joint project between a British and French company, and although the planes were considered engineering marvels, they were a financial loss.

 November 27, 2001 – The first atmosphere is detected on a planet outside of the solar system.

 November 28, 1964 – the Mariner 4 space probe is launched towards Mars.  It was the first to perform a successful flyby of Mars, and the first to send back pictures of the surface of another planet.

 November 29, 1934 – The first nationally televised football game was on November 29, 1934.  The Chicago Bears beat the Detroit Lions, 19-16. 

 November 30, 2004 – Ken Jennings loses on Jeopardy after winning $2,520,700.  This is the largest amount of money awarded on a game show.