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1933 - U.S.A. - - Dust Bowl
1933 : Strong winds strip the topsoil from the drought affected farms of South Dakota and within two days, dust from the storm had reached all the way to Albany, New York. This was just one of a number of winds that took topsoil from farmland due to the soil turning into dust through severe drought ( Known as the Dust Bowl Years ) Many changes in farming practices were learnt from these periods of time including introduction of hedges and other soil conservation techniques . The number and severity of dust storms increased over the next two years as the severe drought continued turning 100,000,000 acres of previously fertile farming land into dust bowls forcing farmers and their families to leave their land, the combination of The Drought increased the pain of the "Great Depressions Years of the 1930's
. The worst effected states were Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, South Dakota and Kansas.
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1918 - Germany - - Armistice Agreement
Germany facing invasion from the allies and with poor supplies of food and weapons signs armistice agreement with the allies bringing to and end World War I.
1920 England / France - - Tomb of The Unknown Warrior
: Tomb of The Unknown Warrior buried in Westminster Abbey, London, simultaneously with a similar interment of a French unknown soldier at the Arc de Triomphe in France, making both tombs the first to honour the unknown dead of the First World War
1921 - U.S.A. - - Tomb of the Unknowns
Friday, 1921: President Warren G. Harding dedicates the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier a white marble sarcophagus in Arlington National Cemetery with the inscription "HERE RESTS IN HONORED GLORY AN AMERICAN SOLDIER KNOWN BUT TO GOD".
1923 - U.S.A. - - Tax Decreases
: Effort was being made by Congress to reduce the nation's tax assessment for the following year. This possible tax reduction was expected to be as high as $323,000,000. This new bill was scheduled to be submitted soon .
1926 - U.S.A. - - U.S. Route 66
: U.S. Route 66 running for 2,448 miles from Chicago to Los Angeles is established
1931 - China - - Japan
A new crew of Japanese troops was needed in Manchuria. At the same time, China threatened to increase its army if the League of Nations did not resolve disputes that affected this region .
1940 - U.S.A. - - Armistice Day Storm
An early season blizzard beginning on Armistice Day and the next day creates havoc when it drops up to 27 inches of snow and with winds up to 80 MPH causing massive snowdrifts across the Midwest states including Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Because it was so early in the season many areas and people were not prepared and with communications and Transportation failing the death toll was a staggering 154 making it one of the most deadly storms recorded.
1944 - World War II - - Metz
American forces moved further into the Metz area towards the Nied River, which is located in France Germany. German forces were strengthening at approximately the same rate .
1953 - U.S.A. - - Armistice Day
Americans took part in another celebration of Armistice Day, which marked the anniversary of the end date of World War I. This was the last of the official Armistice Days in the United States. The following year ( 1954
), this holiday became Veteran's Day, and has become a holiday to honor all war heroes living or dead. It has been celebrated year after year since then.
1954 - U.S.A. - - Veteran's Day
This is the first time ever that the Veteran's Day was declared a national celebration.
1954 - Great Britain - - Pensioners Revolt
Thousands of Pensioners take part in a rally in London calling for an increase in their pensions of 17s 6d ( 87p )taking a single persons pension to £2 10s per week .
1962 - Argentina - - Oil Contracts
Relations between Argentina and America had weakened. The main cause of this deterioration in diplomacy was the U.S. attempt to end oil contracts made with this country.
1965 - Rhodesia - - Independence
Mr Smith has made a Unilateral Declaration of Independence from Great Britain stating he is not willing to agree to the terms offered by Harold Wilson which included of giving the black majority population a fair share of power.
1966 - U.S.A. - - Gemini
The spaceship Gemini was scheduled to launch at 3:46 EST from Cape Kennedy (present-day Cape Canaveral). The 2 astronauts on board were expected to carry out a four-day voyage.
1973 - Middle East - - Peace Treaty
After quite a lengthy series of debate, Israel and Egypt finally signed a peace treaty. This particular document required cease-fire with the Suez Canal war zone. This was the first agreement signed between Israel and Arabs in 24 years.
1973 - Chile - - World Cup
The Soviet Union refuses to play a World Cup Soccer match against the Chilean football team on November 21st
if the match is held in Santiago. The International Football Federation had given the Soviets until the 11th November to decide whether they would play the game and the Federation disqualified the Soviet team from further participation in the World Cup .
1975 - Angola - - Independence
The southern African state of Angola gains independence from former colonial power Portugal.
1985 - U.S.A. - - Plane Crash
Two private planes collided into New York suburb homes. Five residential buildings started on fire and at least five people were killed .
1987 - U.S.A. - - Irises
Sotheby's ( U.S.A. ) sell the painting "Irises" by Vincent Van Gogh for the record price of $49m a world record for a work of art.
1989 - England - - Jaguar
Jaguar becomes a subsidiary of the Ford Motor Company.
1990 - Morocco - - Persian Gulf
The Morocco King Hassan requested than an emergency meeting be held. He invited prominent Arab leaders of the world to attend. The purpose of this summit was to discuss issues pertaining to the Persian Gulf crisis. One of the most pressing matters concerned the resistance of Saddam Hussein. He refused to remove his troops from Kuwait at the time. These peace talks were scheduled in order to avoid all-out war, which unfortunately happened anyway .
1992 - England - - Women Priests
Church of England votes to allow the ordination of women priests .
2000 - Austria - - Cable Car Fire
A cable car taking skiers up to a glacier in Austria catches fire as it passes through a mountain tunnel and 156 people die. The fire was caused by an illegal space heater in the cable car.
2001 - U.S.A. - - El-Qaida
Jerry Falwell expressed his point of view regarding how to deal with el-Qaida (el-Qaeda) terrorist lead Osama Bin Laden. In his own way, Falwell made it clear that Bin Laden deserved a chance at heaven, but he no longer deserved a chance on earth. He was one of the main instigators of the events of 9/11/2001 that lead to the destruction of two World Trade Center towers. Bin Laden was still on the loose when Falwell spoke out about him in November of this year.
2004 - Palestine - - Yasser Arafat
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat dies in hospital in Paris, France.
2006 - Europe - - Remembrance Sunday
2006 : Armistice Day. Ordinary members of the public have joined veterans and their families to remember those who died fighting for their country. A lone bugler will be playing The Last Post, and at 1100 GMT, traffic in London comes to a halt. Bells mark the time when, on the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918, World War One came to an end. A special remembrance ceremony is being held at London's Hyde Park to mark the bond between New Zealand and the UK.
2008 - Europe and America - - 90th anniversary of the end of the First World War
Ceremonies are being held to mark the ninetieth anniversary of the end of World War I. The service in Verdun was attended by President Sarkozy, who paid tribute to the millions who died. Verdun was the longest battle of a war. In the US, politicians took part in the Veterans Day ceremony at Arlington cemetery. Vice-President Dick Cheney and Defence Secretary Robert Gates participated in the wreath-laying ceremony at the national cemetery's Tomb of the Unknowns.
2011 - Ireland - - New President Inaugurated in Ireland
2011 : Michael D. Higgins was inaugurated as the ninth president of Ireland. Higgins will serve a seven year term in Ireland's highest office and was sworn in at Dublin Castle in front of hundreds of public figures.
2012 - United States - - Indianapolis House Explodes
An explosion in the US city of Indianapolis destroyed two homes and damaged others. Two people died as a result and another 200 in the community were evacuated. The cause of the explosion was unknown at first and then believed to be intentional. Three people in connection with the explosion were eventually charged with homicide for the death of the two neighbors.
2013 - Bulgaria - - Students Chain Doors to University in Protest
2013 : Students at Sofia University in Bulgaria have locked the doors due to anti-government sentiment and general unrest in the country. The students occupied the main lecture hall for over three weeks and thousands joined in marching against the government. The unrest stems from accusations of corrupt deals between the government and business groups.
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Born This Day In History 11th November
11th November 1962
Demetria Gene Guynes Roswell, New Mexico,
Known For :
She made a number of movies in the 80's and 90's that made her one the highest paid acctresses at that time including The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Striptease, Indecent Proposal, St. Elmo's Fire and A Few Good Men. She is married to actor Ashton Kutcher currently but was also married to Bruce Willis earlier.
11th November 1974
Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Known For :
Leonardo DiCaprio got his first world wide break in the 1997 movie Titanic playing opposite Kate Winslet for which he was nominated for Best Actor ( Golden Globe ), since then he has had s string of successes including The Aviator, The Departed, Blood Diamond and Gangs Of New York to name just a few.