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November 2018 in History

Events in History

  • Nov 1 Palau becomes the first country to ban sunscreen and its chemicals which bleach coral reefs
  • Nov 1 Google employees stage mass walkout to protest the company's handling of sexual harassment
  • Nov 1 Ground assault mounted on Yemeni port city of Hudaydah by Saudi-backed government forces
  • Nov 2 Tiger thought to have killed 13 people shot dead after month-long hunt near Pandharkawada, central India
  • Nov 3 Truck loses control hitting 31 cars and killing at least 15 people near a tollbooth in Lanzhou, China
  • Nov 4 Death toll from week-long storm in Italy rises to 29 with death of nine people in floods in Casteldaccia, Sicily
  • Nov 4 New York City Marathon: Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia runs 2:05:59, 2nd fastest men's time in history; Kenya's Mary Keitany captures her 4th women's NYC crown in 2:22:48
  • Nov 5 Child suicide rate in Japan at 30-year high with 250 taking their lives 2016/17 according to Government Ministry
  • Nov 5 More than 80 students and teachers kidnapped from a boarding school in Bamenda, Cameroon
  • Nov 5 "Big Brother" reality show has its last episode in the UK on Channel 5, having run since 2000
  • Nov 5 Taskforce set up to identify and punish LGBT people in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

USAVoyager 2 Spacecraft

Nov 5 NASA's Voyager 2 probe leaves the solar system, becoming the second human-made object to reach interstellar space

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NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft launched atop its Titan/Centaur-7 launch vehicle
NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft launched atop its Titan/Centaur-7 launch vehicle
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  • Nov 6 More than 200 mass graves containing thousands of victims of ISIS discovered in former ISIS held areas according to UN report

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Nov 6 Great Britain's Prince Charles calls slavery "an indelible stain" but stops short of an apology in a speech in Accra, Ghana

Prince of Wales Prince Charles
Prince of Wales
Prince Charles
  • Nov 6 In US Midterm elections Democrats retake control of the House of Representatives after eight years, the Senate is held by Republicans
  • Nov 6 Ilhan Omar (Minnesota) and Rashida Tlaib (Michigan) are the first Muslim women to be elected to the US House of Representatives

  • Nov 6 Sharice Davids (Kansas) and Debra Haaland (New Mexico) are the first Native American women to be elected to the US House of Representatives
  • Nov 6 Colorado votes to abolish slavery as a form of punishment in state constitution
  • Nov 6 Colorado elects Jared Polis, the country's first openly male gay governor

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Nov 6 Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (New York) is the youngest person ever elected to the US House of representatives at 29 years

US Congresswoman and Activist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
US Congresswoman and Activist
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
  • Nov 6 Human longevity less than 10% dependant on genetics according to study published in journal "Genetics" based on 400 million people from Ancestry
  • Nov 6 Record 19 black female judicial candidates all elected in Harris County, Texas, after campaigning together under "Black Girl Magic"
  • Nov 7 Ex-marine opens fire at a bar in Thousand Oaks, California, shooting 12, including a police officer, and himself

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Nov 7 US President Donald Trump fires Attorney General Jeff Sessions and appoints Matthew Whitaker in his place as acting Attorney General

45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality Donald Trump
45th US President, Businessman and TV Personality
Donald Trump
  • Nov 7 World's oldest figurative painting of a beast at least 40,000 years old identified in Lubang Jeriji Saléh cave, Indonesian Borneo
  • Nov 8 Mass grave of 200 people discovered on border of Somali and Oromia regions, Ethiopia, in investigation into atrocities by former regional president Abdi Mohammed
  • Nov 8 Virtual newsreader unveiled by China's state news agency Xinhua News, able to work 24 hours a day
  • Nov 8 Authorities report more than 150 people have been killed in week-long assault by government forces on port of Hudaydah in Yemen
  • Nov 8 Azerbaijan woman who spent £16m in Harrods granted bail in UK after being arrested for suspested embezzlement under new laws
  • Nov 8 Deadliest fire in Californian history, the Camp Fire starts at Plumas National Forest spreads in Butte County destroying town of Paradise, more than 13,000 buildings and killing at least 88
  • Nov 8 Woolsey Fire starts near Thousand Oaks, California with Malibu and Calabasas evacuated, kills three
  • Nov 8 Qatar delivers $15 million in cash to pay civil servants in Gaza after earlier sending fuel to increase electricity from 4 to 8 hours a day
  • Nov 9 Amid Californian forest fires US President Donald Trump accuses state forest management of "gross mismanagement", threatens to withhold funding
  • Nov 9 Mudslide after heavy rain in Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil kills 10
  • Nov 9 Attacker stabs three, killing one in Melbourne, Australia, with homeless man hailed as hero for using shopping trolley to stop him
  • Nov 9 Three car bombs explode in Mogadishu, Somalia, killing 52 people and injuring 100

Victory in BattleEnd of World War I

Nov 11 On centenary of WWI Armistice Day French President Macron urges world to reject Nationalism in speech to under Arc de Triomphe in Paris

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This painting depicts the signing of the armistice which ended World War I in Compiegne, France
This painting depicts the signing of the armistice which ended World War I in Compiegne, France
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Nov 11 Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba sets new record for their Singles Day sale, $1 billion in 85 seconds, $30.8bn in 24 hours

Alibaba Entrepreneur Jack Ma
Alibaba Entrepreneur
Jack Ma
  • Nov 11 Democratic Republic of Congo announces its worst-ever outbreak of Ebola with 198 deaths
  • Nov 12 Israeli secret operation in Gaza kills eight including one Israeli and an Hamas Commander, igniting tensions with retaliatory rocket attack from Gaza

Book releaseHistoric Publication

Nov 12 Former US First lady Michelle Obama publishes her memoir "Becoming"

US First Lady Michelle Obama
US First Lady
Michelle Obama
  • Nov 13 Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court blocks President Maithripala Sirisena from dissolving parliament

Person of InterestEl Chapo Finally Recaptured

Nov 13 Trial of Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán begins in New York

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Mexican drug lord Joaquín
Mexican drug lord Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán in American custody after being extradited to the United States
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  • Nov 13 Four members of a family arrested for the Rhoden family massacre where eight people were shot, south of Columbus, Ohio in 2016
  • Nov 13 Amazon announces two new corporate outposts at Queens, New York and Arlington, Virginia
  • Nov 13 Kristine E. Guillaume is named the first black woman to head prestigious Harvard student newspaper "The Crimson"
  • Nov 14 Attempt to move 720,000 Rohingya back to Myanmar from Bangladesh refugee camps amid international criticism. They refuse to go.
  • Nov 14 Edward Hopper's painting "Chop Suey" sells $92 million, a record for the artist at auction in New York

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Nov 14 Jewellery that belonged to French Queen Marie Antoinette is auctioned off in Geneva, after not being seen for 200 years

Queen of France Marie Antoinette
Queen of France
Marie Antoinette
  • Nov 14 Archaeologists announce discovery of ancient Greek city of Tenea near Corinth, supposedly founded by captives from Trojan War
  • Nov 14 Large impact crater, 31 km wide, from iron meteorite identified under Hiawatha Glacier in Greenland

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Nov 14 UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s cabinet approves draft plan for country's exit from the European Union (Brexit)

British Prime Minister Theresa May
British Prime Minister
Theresa May
  • Nov 14 Astronomers announce discovery of Super-Earth planet (3.2x bigger than Earth) orbiting red dwarf Barnard's star, 6 light years away

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Nov 15 Africa's fastest train between Casablanca and Tangier in Morocco at 320km (198 miles) inaugurated by King Mohammed VI and French President Emmanuel Macron

President of France Emmanuel Macron
President of France
Emmanuel Macron

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Nov 15 David Hockney's "Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)" sells for $90.3 million in New York, record for a living artist

  • Nov 15 Afghan President Ashraf Ghani confirms more than 28,000 of the country's military and police have been killed since 2015

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Nov 15 Art experts in England authenticate two bronzes of men riding panthers as Michelangelo's only surviving bronze works

Sculptor and Painter Michelangelo
Sculptor and Painter
Michelangelo

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Nov 16 CIA concludes Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi

Dissident, Author and Columnist Jamal Khashoggi
Dissident, Author and Columnist
Jamal Khashoggi
Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman
Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia
Mohammed bin Salman
  • Nov 16 The kilogram is refined by abstract constants replacing the Le Grand K, along with the ampere (electrical current) and kelvin (temperature) at a conference in Paris
  • Nov 16 Elevator falls down 84 floors when hoist rope breaks, all six people survive unharmed at John Hancock Center, Chicago
  • Nov 17 Missing Argentine naval submarine ARA San Juan with 44 on board found on sea floor a year after it disappeared off coast of Argentina
  • Nov 17 Ireland beats Rugby World Cup champions New Zealand, 16-9 at Aviva Stadium, Dublin; first victory over the All Blacks ever on home soil; flyhalf Johnny Sexton kicks 3 penalties and a conversion
  • Nov 17 Protests across France against rising fuel prices leave 400 injured
  • Nov 18 APEC Summit in Papa New Guinea fails to produce a joint agreement for first time in two decades after US and China clash on definition of trade
  • Nov 18 American missionary John Allen Chau killed on forbidden North Sentinel Island, Bay of Bengal by one of world's most isolated tribe
  • Nov 19 Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn arrested in Japan for financial misconduct

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Nov 19 Ivanka Trump sent "hundred" of emails from her personal account about government business according to Washington Post report

Businesswoman and Adviser to Donald Trump Ivanka Trump
Businesswoman and Adviser to Donald Trump
Ivanka Trump
  • Nov 20 Sell-off in technology stocks leads stock market losses wiping out all 2018 market gains
  • Nov 20 Airbnb bans listings in Israeli settlements in the West Bank
  • Nov 20 More than 40 religious scholars killed, at event to mark birth of prophet Mohammed, by a suicide bomber near the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan
  • Nov 20 Mississippi 15 week abortion ban overturned by US judge saying it violated women's constitutional rights
  • Nov 21 RIBA’s best building in the world biennial international prize awarded to Canuanã school in Brazil
  • Nov 21 Former Guatemalan soldier Santos López Alonzo sentenced to 5,160 years for killing 171 people in Dos Erres during the civil war
  • Nov 22 Leaning Tower of Pisa's tilt reduced by 4 cm in 20 year project to stabilise it
  • Nov 23 US Federal Climate report finds climate change will reduce economy by 10% by 2100 with $141 billion cost from heat-related deaths, $118 billion from sea level rise
  • Nov 23 Alabama police kill the wrong suspect after a gunman shoots 18-year-old man and 12-year-old girl at Riverchase Galleria Mall in Hoovermall
  • Nov 24 Taiwanese voters vote against referendums to legalise same-sex marriage
  • Nov 24 Cruise boat sinks on Lake Victoria near Kampala, Uganda, killing at least 29
  • Nov 24 Copa Libertadores Final 2nd-leg between Buenos Aires rivals River Plate & Boca Juniors is postponed after Boca bus attacked by River fans; players suffer cuts & affects of police tear gas; River wins, 5-3 on aggregate when 2nd-leg played in Madrid, Spain (9 Dec)
  • Nov 25 Historic north Californian Camp Fire declared 100% contained with 85 dead, 249 missing, covering 153,000 acres with 14,000 homes burnt
  • Nov 25 EU leaders approve an agreement for Britain to leave the EU (Brexit)
  • Nov 25 6.3-magnitude earthquake strikes Iran's Kermanshah province injuring at least 700
  • Nov 26 NASA's InSight mission lands on Mars after a 7 month voyage
  • Nov 26 Ukraine declares martial law in areas bordering Russia after Russia seizes three of its naval vessels
  • Nov 26 Chinese scientist He Jiankui claims to have made the first genetically edited baby
  • Nov 26 General Motors announces it will close five factories in North America, cutting 14,000 jobs
  • Nov 26 First multidrug randomized control trial to treat Ebola started in Democratic Republic of Congo announced by the WHO
  • Nov 26 Third of a species begin dying (23,000) over a two day period, the spectacled flying foxes , unable to survive heatwave of 42 degrees in northern Queensland, Australia

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Nov 27 US accuses Nicaragua's Vice-President Rosario Murillo, wife of President Daniel Ortega of human rights abuses and imposes sanctions

President of Nicaragua and Revolutionary Leader Daniel Ortega
President of Nicaragua and Revolutionary Leader
Daniel Ortega
  • Nov 27 Explosion near chemical company in Hebei Province, Northern China kills at least 23, injuring 22
  • Nov 27 Convicted US murderer Samuel Little confirmed connected to 90 more murders of women after confessing details
  • Nov 28 Australian state Queensland raises its fire warning to "catastrophic" for the first time as 130 fires burn
  • Nov 28 French director Luc Besson accused of sexual harassment by five more women, adding to four already made public
  • Nov 29 Tens of thousands Indian farmers protest the agrarian crisis at parliament in Delhi
  • Nov 30 7.0 magnitude earthquake near Anchorage, Alaska
  • Nov 30 Marriot Hotels reveal massive data breach - 500 million guests affected in one of largest-ever company hacks

Deaths in History

  • Nov 1 Amal Hussain, Yemeni famine victim who raised world's awareness, dies aged 7
  • Nov 2 Kitty O'Neil, American stuntwoman (The Bionic Woman) and racer (female land speed record), dies at 72
  • Nov 4 Selma Engel [Saartje Wijnberg], Dutch born Jew, the first to tell of Nazi Sobibor extermination camp, dies at 96
  • Nov 7 Oskar Rabin, Russian painter and dissident during Soviet era, dies at 90
  • Nov 9 Sisto Malaspina, Australian cafe owner (Pellegrini's) who started Melbourne coffee culture, dies in terror attack at 74

Person of interestStan Lee

Nov 12 Stan Lee [Stanley Martin Lieber], American comic-book artist, writer and creative leader of Marvel multimedia corporation (Avengers, Spider-Man, Incredible Hulk), dies at 95

Comic-Book Artist and Marvel Creative Leader Stan Lee
Comic-Book Artist and Marvel Creative Leader
Stan Lee
  • Nov 18 Jerry Frankel, American Broadway producer, dies at 88
  • Nov 20 Aaron Klug, Lithuanian born British biochemist (Nobel prize for Chemistry 1982), dies at 92
  • Nov 24 Sy Kattelson, American photographer of NY street life, dies at 95
  • Nov 24 Amanda Sequoyah Swimmer, American potter and preserver of Cherokee culture, dies at 97
  • Nov 28 Thomas J.J. Altizer, US Radical theologian (God is Dead), dies at 91
  • Nov 29 Charles Harrison, American industrial designer (view finder), dies at 87

Person of interestGeorge H. W. Bush

Nov 30 George H. W. Bush, 41st US President (R, 1989-93) and 43rd US Vice President (R, 1981-89), dies at 94

41st US President George H. W. Bush
41st US President
George H. W. Bush