What Happened on November 1

Significant Events

  • 1755 Lisbon earthquake kills more than 50,000 in Portugal
  • 1814 Congress of Vienna opens to re-draw the European political map after the defeat of France, in the Napoleonic Wars.
  • 1894 Vaccine for diphtheria announced by Dr Roux of Paris
  • 1916 Paul Miliukov delivers in the Russian State Duma the famous "stupidity or treason" speech, precipitating the downfall of the Boris Stürmer government.
  • 1952 "Ivy Mike", the first thermonuclear weapon to utilize the H-bomb design of Edward Teller and Stanislaw Ulam, is detonated in the Marshall Islands, Pacific Ocean
  • 2012 Scientists detect evidence of light from the universe's first stars, predicted to have formed 500 million years after the big bang
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Did You Know?

First published reference to poker (as Mississippi riverboat game)

On November 1, 1834

Would You Believe?

Jacques Plante becomes the first goaltender to wear a mask during a National Hockey League game

On November 1, 1959

Famous Weddings

  • 1940 Theoretical physicist Robert Oppenheimer (36) weds biologist Katherine Harrison Puening
  • 1954 Actor John Wayne (47) weds actress Pilar Pallete in Kona, Hawaii
  • 1986 MLB player Kirby Puckett (24) weds Tonya Hudson (20)
  • 1988 US Actors Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis marry in Las Vegas
  • 2003 "Showgirls" actress Elizabeth Berkley (31) weds artist Greg Lauren (33) at Esperanza Resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Famous Divorces

  • 1947 Film director D. W. Griffith (72) divorces actress Evelyn Baldwin (37) after 11 years of marriage
  • 1954 Actor John Wayne (47) divorces actress Esperanza Baur due to drunken violence after 7 years of marriage
  • 1982 Director Martin Scorsese (39) divorces Isabella Rossellini (30) after 3 years of marriage
  • 2010 Film actor Charlie Sheen (45) divorces socialite Brooke Mueller (33) due to irreconcilable differences after two-and-a-half years of marriage
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