On This Day

What Happened on November 1

Important 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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November 1 in Music

  • 1969 The Beatles' "Abbey Road" album goes #1 in US & stays #1 for 11 weeks

November 1 in Sport

  • 1950 Celtics' forward Chuck Cooper becomes first African American to play in the NBA in Boston's 107-84 loss at Fort Wayne Pistons; future Hall of Famer Bob Cousy also debuts for Celtics

Did You Know?

First published reference to poker (as Mississippi riverboat game)

On November 1, 1834


Would You Believe?

Montreal Canadiens’ goal tender Jacques Plante becomes first NHL net-minder to wear a fibreglass protective face mask

On November 1, 1959

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