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novpicNovember is the eleventh month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian Calendars and one of four months with the length of 30 days. November was the ninth month of the ancient Roman calendar. 
  November retained its name (from the Latin novem meaning "nine") when January and February were added to the Roman calendar. November is a month of spring in the Southern Hemisphere and autumn in the Northern Hemisphere.

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Lisbon Earthquake reduced two-thirds of Lisbon to rubble and resulted, according to accounts, in the death of 60,000 people in 1755.

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In 1871,the 'Rogues Gallery' was started, when photographs of all prisoners in Britain were first taken.

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Democrat William J. Clinton ('Bill') Clinton, Governor of Arkansas, won the US presidential election with 370 electoral college votes in 1992.

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Yitzhak Rabin prime minister of Israel, was assassinated today in 1995, attending a peace rally in Tel Aviv, by Jewish law student Yigal Amir.

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The Gunpowder Plot, to blow up the House of Lords during James I's state opening of Parliament, was discovered today in 1605

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In 1988, six thousand US Defense Department computers were crippled by a virus; the culprit was the 23-year-old son of the head of the country's computer security agency. Link takes you to a history of computer viruses.

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Mary Celeste, the ill-fated brigantine, sailed from New York to be found mysteriously abandoned near the Azores some time later in 1872.

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Wilhelm Conrad Rontgen discovered X-rays during an experiment at the University of Wurzburg today in 1895.

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In 1837; Sir Moses Montefiore became the first Jew to be knighted in England.

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Henry Morton Stanley, the Welsh adventurer who had been sent to track down missing explorer David Livingstone, met him at Ujiji, on Lake Tanganyika in 1871. 

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Ned Kelly saucepan wearing Australian outlaw/hero (depending on your point of view), was hung today in 1880.

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King Canute (the Great), king of England and Denmark dies today died today in 1035.

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Robert Louis Stevenson, Scottish writer of adventure stories, was born today in 1850.

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Defence Secretary Heseltine announced the arrival of the first Cruise missiles at Greenham Common today in 1983. Full report at: Cruise and the Common.

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Winston Churchill, British politician, was captured by the Boers in 1899, while covering the war as a reporter for the Morning Post. More at Churchill (the Early and Journalist Years).

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The Suez Canal, which had taken ten years to build, was formally opened today in 1869.

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In 1922, the last Ottoman sultan of Turkey; Muhammad VI, was deposed by Kemal Atatürk.

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William Caxton's The Dictes or Sayinges of the Philosophres was published in 1477– the first printed book in England bearing a date. A facsimile reproduction of the book can be found by following the link.

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In 1942, the Red Army counter-attacked and surrounded the German army at the Battle of Stalingrad.

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The British fleet under Admiral Hawke defeated the French at the in 1759, at 'The Battle of Quiberon Bay' thwarting an invasion of England.

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It was 41 years late in 1953, that the discovery of the Piltdown Man skull by Charles Dawson in Sussex in 1912 was finally revealed as a hoax

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Edward Teach (Blackbeard) feared and possibly insane English navigator, later pirate was hung today 1718.

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A television landmark today in 1963, as the first episode of the BBC TV serial Doctor Who was broadcast, with William Hartnell as Dr Who and Anna Ford as his female companion.

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In 1859; Darwin's Origin of Species was published. Then as now, many religious fanatics believe it to be blasphemous. Find out for yourself, complete works available by following the link.

25th The longest-running play, The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie, opened in London, at the Ambassador's Theatre 1952:
26th Emlyn Williams, Welsh actor and dramatist born today in 1905.
27th 1582: William Shakespeare aged 18, married Anne Hathaway
28th 1520: Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan sailed through the Straits at the tip of South America and reached an ocean which he named the Pacific.
29th 1864: Northern Cheyenne Sand Creek Massacre took place when over 150 Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians who had surrendered and were disarmed were killed by US cavalry.
30th Today in 1872, Scotland v England played the first ever official international association football match. It was contested by the national teams of Scotland and England. The match took place at West of Scotland Cricket Club's ground at Hamilton Crescent in Partick, Scotland. The match finished in a 0–0 draw and was watched by 4,000 spectators

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