November 2020 in History

Events in History

  • Nov 1 Gunmen kill at least 32 people, set fire to homes in Oromia state, Ethiopia, in attack blamed on rebel Oromo Liberation Army
  • Nov 1 Slovakia completes testing two-thirds of its population for COVID-19 using quick antigen tests, 1.06% test positive out of 3.625 million
  • Nov 1 Super typhoon Goni makes landfall on Catanduanes island, Philippines, leaving at least 16 dead and 370,000 people displaced
  • Nov 2 Gunmen storm Kabul University, Afghanistan, shooting at least 22 dead with Islamic State group claiming responsibility
  • Nov 3 Australia's Melbourne Cup won by Twilight Payment
  • Nov 3 Hurricane Eta makes landfall in Nicaragua as a Category Four storm with winds of 140 km, killing at least 235 people across Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and Panama

Battle of Interest

Nov 4 Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed orders military offensive and state of emergency in northern region of Tigray, amid fears of a civil war

Election of Interest

Nov 7 Former Vice-President Joe Biden declared the winner of the US Presidential race, four days after the US election, defeating sitting President Donald Trump

Election of Interest

Nov 7 Kamala Harris makes US history as the 1st woman and 1st woman of color to be elected to the vice presidency (date election called)

Historic Event

Nov 7 Rudy Giuliani holds infamous Trump Campaign press conference at Four Seasons Total Landscaping in Philadelphia to contest the US election results

Historic Event

Nov 8 First test of a high-speed levitating pod system to carry people and cargo, by Richard Branson's Virgin Hyperloop in Las Vegas, Nevada

  • Nov 8 Global recorded cases of COVID-19 pass 50 million, with the known death toll at 1,245,240 (Johns Hopkins data)
  • Nov 8 More than 50 people beheaded in latest attack by Islamist militants in Cabo Delgado province, northern Mozambique [1]
  • Nov 9 2020 becomes busiest Atlantic hurricane season ever as tropical storm Theta named record 29th storm
  • Nov 9 Drugmakers BioNTech and Pfizer announce their COVID-19 vaccine to be over 90% effective in a first look at the results from their phase 3 trial involving nearly 44,000 people
  • Nov 9 Peru's Congress votes to impeach and oust President Martín Vizcarra on corruption charges
  • Nov 9 US Attorney General William Barr controversially approves federal investigations into voter fraud for the US elections
  • Nov 9 US recorded COVID-19 cases pass 10 million, with 1 million new cases recorded in 10 days. Death toll over 237,000. [1]
  • Nov 10 Ceasefire announced signed between Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia ending military conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh region after over a month of fighting
  • Nov 10 Word of the year is "Lockdown" according to Collins English Dictionary
  • Nov 11 All Hong Kong's pro-democracy lawmakers resign after China passes resolution allowing for removal of four of their colleagues
  • Nov 11 UK becomes the first European country to record over 50,000 Covid-19 related 50,000; 5fth country, after the US, Brazil, India, and Mexico
  • Nov 12 US President-elect Joe Biden announces Ron Klain will be his White House Chief of Staff

Historic Event

Nov 13 British strategist and chief advisor to the PM Dominic Cummings is let go by Boris Johnson

  • Nov 14 Record global daily total of 660,905 COVID-19 cases declared to the WHO, with total known infections over 54 million

Historic Event

Nov 15 SpaceX Falcon 9 launches first regular flight to International Space Station with four astronauts, three from NASA, one Japanese

  • Nov 15 Treaty establishing world's largest trade bloc between 15 Asian Pacific countries signed at virtual ASEAN meeting

Election of Interest

Nov 15 US President Donald Trump tweets [Biden] "won because the election was rigged,” while still refusing to concede the election

  • Nov 15 World-record price for a Belgian racing pigeon called New Kim sold for €1.6m (£1.4m) at auction
  • Nov 16 Hurricane Iota makes landfall in Nicaragua as a category four storm, just 15 km south of Hurricane Eta 13 days ago
  • Nov 16 Peru's Congress votes in its third interim President in a week, Francisco Sagasti after violent protests
  • Nov 16 US drugmaker Moderna says its COVID-19 vaccine is 94.5% effective in early data
  • Nov 18 Floods and landslides effect more than 3 million people, killing at least 70 in wake of Typhoon Vamco in Cagayan Province, Philippines
  • Nov 18 Thailand's parliament agrees to reforms, but not to the monarchy, after massive public protests were met by tear gas and water canons
  • Nov 18 US COVID-19 death toll passes 250,000, recorded cases at 11.5 million, hospitalizations at 76,830 amid a country-wide surge
  • Nov 19 Inquiry find "credible evidence" elite Australian troops unlawfully killed 39 Afghan civilians
  • Nov 19 Scottish American Douglas Stuart wins the Booker Literary prize for his first novel "Shuggie Bain"
  • Nov 21 Texas National Guard mobilized to help El Paso County, deal with a morgue crisis as COVID-19 cases and deaths surge
  • Nov 22 Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed gives Tigrayan forces 72 hours to surrender before the military begins offensive on regional capital of Mekelle
  • Nov 22 G20 virtual two-day summit ends with pledge to ensure affordable access to vaccines for all
  • Nov 23 AstraZeneca is the third drugmaker to report an effective vaccine for COVID-19 (62% or 90% effective depending on how it is given) and easy-to make and distribute
  • Nov 23 Charli D'Amelio becomes the first person to hit 100 million followers on TikTok
  • Nov 23 China launches Chang’e-5 mission to the Moon from Wenchang space site, Hainan Island, to collect lunar rock and soil samples
  • Nov 23 US President-elect Joe Biden introduces his new cabinet including Alejandro Mayorkas 1st Latino head of homeland security, Avril Haines 1st female director of national intelligence
  • Nov 24 Covid-19 surge in the US gathers further pace with death toll of 2,200 highest since May and new cases averaging 175,000 a day
  • Nov 24 Dow Jones Industrial Average closes above 30,000 points for the first time, after formal transition to Joe Biden administration begins
  • Nov 24 Scotland's parliament votes to become the first country to make period products free [1]
  • Nov 24 US General Services Administration officially begins Joe Biden's transition, declaring him the "apparent winner" although Donald Trump vows to continue challenging the result
  • Nov 25 Dead and buried mink reported rising from the ground due to bloating, after a hurried cull of millions of COVID-19 infected animals in Denmark

Historic Event

Nov 25 US President Donald Trump pardons former security advisor Michael Flynn, guilty of lying to the FBI

  • Nov 26 Turkey gives life sentences to 337 military officers and others involved in 2016 coup
  • Nov 27 Iran's most senior nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh assassinated outside Tehran, escalating tensions in the region
  • Nov 28 At least 110 people killed in attack on Koshobe village in north-east Nigeria by Boko Haram jihadist group
  • Nov 28 Joe Biden injures his foot playing with his dog Major
  • Nov 28 Thousands of farmers begin entering Delhi to protest proposed agriculture reforms
  • Nov 29 Joe Biden and Kamala Harris announce the first all-female Communications team for the White House
  • Nov 30 Alphafold's DeepMind AI program announces it has achieved scientific breakthrough by being able to predict how proteins fold into 3D shapes
  • Nov 30 Australia condemns doctored photo of Australian soldier threatening Afghan child with knife on Chinese official's Twitter, marking new low in the two countries relationship
  • Nov 30 Los Angeles County begins three-week stay at home order for 10 million people to combat COVID-19 surge
  • Nov 30 Newly discovered rock art announced found in the Serranía La Lindosa, Colombian Amazon, dated 12,600 and 11,800 years ago with thousands of paintings of now extinct Ice Age animals [1]

Deaths in History

  • Nov 9 Amadou Toumani Touré, Mali politician, President of Mali (2002-12), dies at 72 [1]
  • Nov 11 Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, Bahraini royal and politician, world's longest serving Prime Minister (1970-2020), dies at 84
  • Nov 12 Jerry Rawlings, Ghanaian Head of State (1981-93) and President of Ghana (1993-2001), dies at 73
  • Nov 12 Masatoshi Koshiba, Japanese physicist (2002 Nobel Prize for Physics for neutrinos), dies at 94 [1]

Peter Sutcliffe

Nov 13 Peter Sutcliffe, English murderer of 13 women "The Yorkshire Ripper", dies in prison of COVID-29 complications at 74 [1]

  • Nov 20 Jan Morris, Welsh journalist, historian, writer and pioneering trans woman (Venice, Conundrum), dies at 94 [1]
  • Nov 20 Patriarch Irinej [Miroslav Gavrilović], Head of the Serbian Orthodox Church, dies of COVID-19 at 90 [1]
  • Nov 22 Doris de Agostini-Rossetti, Swiss alpine skier (Downhill World Cup 1982/1983), dies at 62
  • Nov 23 David Dinkins, American politician (1st African American Mayor of NYC 1990-93), dies at 93 [1]
  • Nov 26 Sadiq al-Mahdi, Sudanese politician and Imam, Prime Minister of Sudan (1966-67, 1986-89), dies of COVID-19 at 84 [1]
  • Nov 29 Ben Bova, American sci-fi author (Exiled from Earth), dies at 88 [1]