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October 27, 1938: DuPont announces its new synthetic polyamide fiber will be called "nylon."
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October 28, 1420: Beijing is officially designated the capital of the Ming dynasty in the same year that the Forbidden City is completed.
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October 28, 1956: Elvis Presley receives a polio vaccination on national TV. This single event is credited with raising immunization levels in the United States from 0.6% to over 80% in just six months.
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October 28, 1886 - On this day, the Statue of Liberty was dedicated,

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On this day in 1965, construction is completed on the Gateway Arch, a spectacular 630-foot-high parabola of stainless steel marking the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial on the waterfront of St. Louis, Missouri.
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On this day in 1965, construction is completed on the Gateway Arch, a spectacular 630-foot-high parabola of stainless steel marking the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial on the waterfront of St. Louis, Missouri.
I was living in St. Louis when the arch was completed. The two sides didn't quite align perfectly at the top, and had to be adjusted.

October 29, 1675: Leibniz makes the first use of the long s (∫) as a symbol of the integral in calculus.
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October 29, 1618: English adventurer, writer and courtier Sir Walter Raleigh is beheaded for allegedly conspiring against James I of England. (Raleigh was the half-brother of my direct ancestor Sir Humphrey Gilbert. They shared the same mother.)

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October 30, 1938: Orson Welles broadcasts his radio play of H. G. Wells's The War of the Worlds, causing near-panic in some of the audience in the United States.
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October 30, 1961: The Soviet Union tests a 58-megaton hydrogen bomb named Tsar Bomba, to this day the most powerful nuclear weapon ever detonated.

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October 31, 1517: Martin Luther posts his 95 Theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg.

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October 31, 1995: Canada wakes up (or has stayed up all night) to analysis of the nail-biting Quebec referendum on seceding from Canada. The "No" side won by the slimmest of margins: 50.58% to 49.42%, a difference of 54,288 votes in favour of staying in Canada.

In his speech after the returns came in, the separatist Premier of Quebec, Jacques Parizeau, blamed the narrow loss for separation on "money and the ethnic vote", which was widely viewed as a statement that only "pur laine" francophone Quebecers were real Quebecers, damaging all the outreach efforts the Parti Québécois had done to non-francophone groups in Quebec.

At a heated Cabinet meeting on October 31, Parizeau was heavily criticized for the speech and resigned. He was succeeded by Lucien Bouchard.
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November 1, 1755: The Great Lisbon Earthquake and the tsunamis that follow kill over 70,000 in Portugal, Spain, and Morocco. Lisbon is destroyed.
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November 2, 1920: KDKA of Pittsburgh starts broadcasting as the first commercial radio station. The first broadcast is the result of the 1920 U.S. presidential election.
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November 2, 1988: The Morris worm, the first internet-distributed computer worm to gain mainstream media attention, is launched from MIT.
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November 3, 1954: Release of the original Godzilla film.

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November 4, 1780: The Rebellion of Túpac Amaru II against Spanish rule in the Viceroyalty of Peru begins.

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November 4, 1960: At the Kasakela Chimpanzee Community in Tanzania, Dr Jane Goodall observes chimpanzees creating tools, the first-ever observation in non-human animals.
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November 4, 2008: Barack Obama is elected as the first black US president.
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November 5, 1872: In defiance of the law, suffragist Susan B. Anthony votes for the first time, and is later fined $100.
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November 6, 1995: Art Modell announces that he signed a deal that would relocate the Cleveland Browns to Baltimore to become the Baltimore Ravens. Modell is hanged and burned in effigy in Cleveland. A plaque honoring him at the Cleveland Clinic is pelted with raw eggs. Et cetera.
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November 6, 1528: Shipwrecked Spanish conquistador Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca becomes the first known European to set foot in Texas. (Bastard.)
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November 7, 1967: Carl B. Stokes is elected as Mayor of Cleveland, Ohio, becoming the first elected African American mayor of a major American city.
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November 7, 1872: The Mary Celeste sets sail from New York harbor. It's anybody's guess what happened aboard her afterwards.
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November 7, 1492: The Ensisheim Meteorite strikes earth in a wheat field near the village of Ensisheim in Alsace, France, the oldest meteorite with a known date of impact.
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November 8, 1960: John F. Kennedy defeats Richard Nixon in one of the closest presidential elections of the 20th century, to become the 35th president of the United States.
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November 8, 1914 - Norman Perlmutter, later known as actor Norman Lloyd, was born in Jersey City, NJ. Turner Classic Movies will honor him on his 102nd birthday, live tonigh,t at its Classic Film Festival.
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November 9, 1965: Several U.S. states and parts of Canada are hit by a series of blackouts lasting up to 13 hours in the Great Northeast Blackout of 1965.
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An Urban Legend has grown out of this in which supposedly the birthrate spiked nine months later, However, it's not true.

November 9, 1888: Jack Ripper's fifth and probably last victim, Mary Jane Kelly, is found on her bed.
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November 11, 1918: An armistice signed by the Allies and Germany takes effect at 11am, ending WWI hostilities at 11am and giving us Veterans Day.
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November 12, 1970: The Oregon Highway Division attempts to destroy a rotting beached sperm whale with explosives, leading to the now infamous "exploding whale" incident.
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Nov 13, 1979 - Chocolate-Thunder-Flying, Robinzine-Crying, Teeth-Shaking, Glass-Breaking, Rump-Roasting, Bun-Toasting, Wham-Bam Glass-Breaker-I-Am Jam

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November 17, 1968: Viewers of the Raiders–Jets football game in the eastern United States are denied the opportunity to watch its exciting finish when NBC broadcasts the movie Heidi instead, prompting changes to sports broadcasting in the U.S.
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November 18, 1755 : The Cape Ann Earthquake in Boston occurs. Estimated today between a 6.0 and a 6.3, this is the strongest earthquake in Massachusetts history. Some speculate this quake could have somehow been related to the Lisbon Quake back on November 1st of the same year.
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November 19, 1984: The San Juanico Disaster occurs when a liquid petroleum gas tank farm explodes in Mexico. 500 to 600 are killed, 7000+ are injured.
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Seven score and thirteen years ago,

On November 19, 1863, at the dedication of a military cemetery at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, during the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln delivered one of the most memorable speeches in American history. In just 272 words, Lincoln brilliantly and movingly reminded a war-weary public why the Union had to fight, and win, the Civil War.

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.


But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

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