November 2008 in History

Events in History


Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Nov 4 Barack Obama becomes the first African-American to be elected President of the United States

44th US President Barack Obama
44th US President
Barack Obama
  • Nov 11 The RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2) set sail on her final voyage to Dubai.
  • Nov 13 Germany's economy, Europe's largest , contracted by 0.5% in the third quarter after GDP fell 0.4% in the second quarter, putting it in recession for the first time in five years
  • Nov 13 Equity research by Deutsche Bank states that Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines should not experience a recession, despite potential harm to economic growth from falling commodity prices and possible weaker exports
  • Nov 14 Italy plunges into recession, its first since the start of 2005, after GDP contracts a steeper-than-expected 0.5% in the third quarter
  • Nov 14 Hong Kong becomes the second Asian economy to tip into recession, its exports hit by weakening global demand
  • Nov 14 Eurozone officially slips into recession for the first time since its creation in 1999, pushed down by recessions in Germany and Italy

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 14 Elizabeth Warren is appointed to chair a Congressional Oversight Panel for the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act

US Senator Elizabeth Warren
US Senator
Elizabeth Warren
  • Nov 17 Japan, the world's second-biggest economy, slides into its first recession in seven years
  • Nov 20 After critical failures in the US financial system began to build up after mid-September, the Dow Jones Industrial Average reaches its lowest level since 1997.
  • Nov 23 Economists at the University of Hawaii report that the state entered recession in the previous quarter based on the drop in tourist figures and growing unemployment, with 8,800 jobs expected to be cut in 2009
  • Nov 25 A car bomb in St. Petersburg, Russia, kills three people and injures one
  • Nov 26 Terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India: Ten coordinated attacks by Pakistan-based terrorists kill 164 and injure more than 250 people in Mumbai, India.
  • Nov 28 Canada remains the only OECD country out of the recession at this time
  • Nov 28 Sweden technically enters the recession after experiencing contraction of 0.1% in the second and third quarter

Deaths in History

  • Nov 1 Jacques Piccard, Swiss ocean explorer (b. 1922)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Nov 4 Michael Crichton, American author, dies at 66

  • Nov 4 Juan Camilo Mouriño, Mexican Secretary of the Interior (b. 1971)
  • Nov 12 Catherine Baker Knoll, 30th Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania, (b. 1930)
  • Nov 20 Sven Inge, Swedish painter and modern artist (b. 1935)
  • Nov 22 MC Breed, American hip hop artist (b. 1971)
  • Nov 24 Cecil H. Underwood, Governor of West Virginia (b. 1922)
  • Nov 26 Edna Parker, American supercentenarian (b. 1893)
  • Nov 29 Jørn Utzon, Danish architect (b. 1918)