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This Month in History

By: Ethan Mathieu

Here’s a list of 21 important historical events that happened in November. Hopefully you walk away having learned something and with your interest piqued . Enjoy!


  1. European Union was created with the Maastricht Treaty (November 1, 1993)

  2. The Rome-Berlin Axis was signed, forming an alliance between Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy. (November 1, 1936)

  3. The First Opium War between China and Britain began. (November 3, 1839)

  4. King Henry VIII was declared head of the Church of England after a squabble regarding an annulment. (November 3, 1534)

  5. British troops defeat the Germans at the Battle of El Alamein. (November 4, 1942)

  6. Abraham Lincoln was elected as the 16th President of the United States. (November 6, 1860)

  7. The UN General Assembly condemns apartheid by passing a resolution that encouraged sanctions against South Africa. (November 6, 1962)

  8. Abolitionist Elijah Lovejoy was killed in his place of work by an angry mob. (November 7, 1837)

  9. Spanish Conquistador Hernan Cortes and his native allies defeat the Aztecs. (November 8, 1519)

  10. Wilhelm Roentgen discovers the X-Ray. (November 8, 1895)

  11. Hitler’s first coup attempt, the Beer Hall Putsch, fails. (November 8, 1923)

  12. Allied activities in Africa, known as Operation Torch, began under General Dwight D. Eisenhower. (November 8, 1942)

  13. German Kaiser Wilhelm II abdicates the throne. (November 9, 1918)

  14. The Berlin Wall falls (November 9, 1989)

  15. Martin Luther, writer of the 95 Theses and founder of the Reformation, was born. (November 10, 1483)

  16. The Church of England starts to allow female Priests. (November 11, 1992) 

  17. Armistice Day (Known as Veterans’ Day in the U.S.) is on November 11th.

  18. Claude Monet was born. (November 14, 1840)

  19. The Articles of Confederation, the first governmental system of the United States, went into effect. (November 15, 1777)

  20. Approximately 250,000 people gathered in Washington D.C. to oppose the Vietnam War. (November 15, 1969)

  21. Georgia O’Keeffe, American artist, was born. (November 15, 1887)

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