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1991 - University of Iowa Shootings
1991 : Gang Lu a student at the University of Iowa goes on a shooting rampage armed with a .38-caliber revolver and a .22 caliber handgun at the University killing five people on the Iowa campus in Iowa City he then turned the gun on himself and committed suicide.
1 Nov, 1993 - Europe - Maastricht Treaty
: The Maastricht Treaty formally starts, establishing the European Union (EU). By 1993, 12 nations had ratified the Maastricht Treaty on European Union: Great Britain, France, Germany, the Irish Republic, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece, Denmark, Luxembourg, Belgium, and the Netherlands.
1910 John Adams Moves into the White House
U.S. President John Adams becomes the first president to move into the White House at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, D.C. Before November 1st, 1800
the president occupied Market Street mansion in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1918 - U.S.A. - Rail Crash
A five car train derailed and hit a tunnel wall today in Brooklyn, New York, underneath the intersection of Malbone Street and Flatbush Avenue killing 100 of the 900 passengers.
1924 - U.S.A. - Turkeys
New York is the first state to lift quarantine restrictions on Turkeys from Texas following the foot and mouth outbreak earlier this year. The Texas farmers will be full of joy as we come into Thanksgiving and Christmas.
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1929 -England Prohibition
Dr. Saleshy, an important figure in England, put in a good word for Prohibition. He said it was good for the health in America, and in Canada too. He also has mentioned that Great Britain is misled.
1935 - Canada - Earthquake
Northern Canada was shaken by a violent earthquake. The center of this earthquake was detected to have been just north of Lake Ontario. In all, this quake had been felt in three Canadian provinces as well as in 17 states of the United States. It was thought to be one of the worst in history that has occurred in this region.
1938 - U.S.A. - Seabiscuit Match Race Against War Admiral at Pimlico
Seabiscuit often called the ( people's champion )raced against Triple Crown winner War Admiral in the Pimlico Special in Baltimore, Maryland and won the match race.
It is estimated over 40 million listened to the match on the radio and "War Admiral" was the favorite at (1-4 with most bookmakers) . ( As seen in the 2003 Movie Seabiscuit )
1940 - Greece - Italy Invades
: A 35-mile well-populated area of Greece (Ioannina) had been seized by Italian fascists. Further reported indicated that Italy was moving towards the border of Albania. Meanwhile, the British had made advances on Naples, a city in Southern Italy.
1941 - U.S.A. - U.S. Coast Guard
President Roosevelt announces that the U.S. Coast Guard will now be under the direction of the U.S. Navy, and tasks will include escorting ships, providing port security, and inspecting ships for everything from illegal drugs to munitions.
1952 - U.S.A. - Hydrogen Bomb
The United States detonates the world's first thermonuclear weapon, the hydrogen bomb, on Eniwetok atoll in the Pacific.
1953 - Russia - Christians
Canon Mervin Stockwood, an English clergyman had just returned from his trip to Russia and had reported that an atheist tour guide claimed that Jesus was a Christian invention. Moreover, Stockwood had announced that only 45 of Russia's 1,600 churches were open. The few churches still in operation were very crowded.
1955 - U.S.A. - United Airlines Flight 629
United Airlines Flight 629 is blown up shortly after takeoff over Longmont, Colorado killing all passengers and crew. The FBI after some investigation charged John Gilbert Graham, who had planted the bomb in his mother's suitcase to collect the insurance money on her death.
1957 - U.S.A. - Mackinac Bridge
The Mackinac suspension bridge opens connecting Mackinaw City and St. Ignace connecting the non-contiguous Upper and Lower peninsulas of the U.S. state of Michigan. It becomes the longest suspension bridge between anchorages in the Western hemisphere
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1958 - Switzerland - Nuclear A Test Ban
Delegates of Russia, America and Great Britain met informally today at a meeting to discuss their positions on the policing of a nuclear A-tests ban . The Russians want an immediate suspension of all tests and then to take on the control and policing of such a ban. The west wants the control and policing sorted first then the ban implemented.
1961 - U.S.A. - Nuclear Testing
The United States was one country that was urged by the United Nations to put a moratorium on nuclear testing. The U.S. has not yet agreed at this time and has planned on still making test explosions in the atmosphere to counter tests being made by Soviets.
1966 - Vietnam - Bombing Saigon
North Vietnam begins a bombing campaign using artillery in the jungle surrounding the city against the South Vietnamese capital Saigon. Altogether about 30 artillery shells struck the city killing at least 10 and injuring many more, the shelling also caused panic in the city with people trying to find some form of cover.
1967 - U.S.A. - Marijuana
The problems facing the country over the use of Marijuana continues to grow with new figures released showing more US Servicemen have been court martial for smoking Marijuana than any other offence and a police official in San Diego California saying 1/4 of all high school students currently smoke Marijuana. .
1970 - France - Nightclub Fire
A fire at a nightclub a mile from the town of St Laurent du Pont, near Grenoble, was packed with revellers when a fire started trapping clubbers and leaving 142 mostly teenagers dead, plus the 60 who did survive many of them are in hospital with up to 90% burns.
1973 - Israel - Bedouin Market
Beersheba, Israel has long been the location of the prosperous Bedouin market. However, this market had just re-opened after being shut down temporarily. As of this date, traders had arrived again with commodities such as goats, turnkeys, and vegetables. This is the first time the market has resumed since October 6th
1976 - U.S.A. - Election
: As the two candidates wind up campaigning for the Presidency most pundits believe the race is too close to call with some polls showing a one point lead for Carter and another poll showing a one point lead for Ford.
1982 - U.S.A. - Honda
Honda opens the first car manufacturing company factory to produce Japanese cars ( Honda Accord ) in the United States at Marysville, Ohio
1983 - U.S.A. - George Burns
: Actor/comedian George Burns had signed a five-year contract with Caesar's World. He made jokes in reference to his age. For instance Burns said that he planned to follow through with this performance agreement, because he could not afford to die while booked (had a performance scheduled). George Burns was 87 years old when he began to fulfill his contract at Caesar's World. Incidentally, he had lived to be 100 years old.
1984 - India - Indira Gandhi
Following yesterdays assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by Sikh members of her bodyguard. Angry mobs have set fire to four Sikh temples and many Sikh-owned businesses.
1986 - Switzerland - Chemical Spill
Chemical spill and a major fire at a chemicals factory near Basel, Switzerland, is sending tons of toxic chemicals into the nearby river Rhine and turning it red.
1986 - England - Mad Cow Disease
The first case of BSE or "mad cow disease" is found in cattle in England .
1990 - Iraq - Americans Hostages
Iraq made a promise to free four more Americans hostages, while insisting they were treating hostages well. However, President Bush was more interested in making sure Saddam Hussein was driven out of Kuwait-which was an action of high priority at this time. Therefore, he had condemned the freeing of American hostages at that time.
1993 - Europe - Maastricht Treaty
During the Delors Commission The Maastricht Treaty which was signed in February the previous year comes into force on this day in history .
1998 - Europe - European Court of Human Rights
European Court of Human Rights becomes a permanent court with full-time judges replacing earlier enforcement courts. The court allows individuals or other states to bring cases of human rights violations against member states.
2002 - Italy - Earthquake
A report circulated regarding an incident that took place in Italy a few days prior. This account revealed that an earthquake hit a nursery school which had collapsed and killed 20 children. A gymnasium was made into a site of where families of children paid respects for the lost children's lives.
2005 - Cuba - Guantanamo Bay
The U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has refused the United Nations commission access to inmates at the Guantanamo Bay detention center
2006 - South Africa - Nelson Mandela is appointed Ambassador of Conscience
Nelson Mandela is awarded Amnesty International's award as Ambassador of Conscience 2006. The former South African president and anti-apartheid campaigner was being praised for his "invincible dedication to the freedom of his people". Mandela also issued a statement on the death of PW Botha, which paid tribute to the former South African President, who died at the age of 90 on October 31st.
2006 - Colombia - Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia
The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia's (FARC) attack on a rural police station in Colombia, which killed sixteen officers. Considered a bad blow to President Uribe's US-backed campaign to end the 40-year conflict. The attack was in the province of Cordoba, and part of a two-week offensive by FARC. It has dampened hopes of talks with Uribe's government on the release of rebel hostages and a peace accord. Authorities said that about one hundred rebels used improvised mortars and attacked the town of Tierradentro in Cordoba province, about 235 miles (380 km) from Bogota.
2006 - United States - Jackson Pollock's No. 5 1948 is sold for $140 million
Art experts have said that the Hollywood magnate David Geffen has sold a drip painting by Jackson Pollock for about $140 million. Geffen declined to comment on whether he sold the painting, but Tobias Meyer of Sotheby's is said to have brokered the deal. The art-world experts have identified the buyer as the Mexican financier David Martinez. The price, if confirmed, would be the highest sum ever known to have been paid for a painting, and would exceed the $135 million that was paid for Gustav Klimt's Adele Bloch-Bauer I.
2007 - United States - Paul W. Tibbets Jr. dies
The pilot of Enola Gay ( Hiroshima Bomb ), Paul Tibbets, dies after two-months of ill-health. He has asked for no funeral nor headstone as he was worried that opponents of the bombing would use it as a place of protest. The bombing of Hiroshima marked the beginning of the end of the war in the Pacific. Japan surrendered shortly after a second bomb was dropped, on Nagasaki, three days later. The Enola Gay was named after his mother.
2007 - United States - Tesco opens its first Quick and Easy in America
Tesco, the UK's leading food retailer, begins opening its Fresh and Easy outlets in the US. It had over sixty stores, including thirty in southern California, by April 1, 2008. There were 168 stores as of September 22nd
, 2010, which are based in California, Arizona, and Nevada.
2008 - United States - Obama unaware of his aunt being an illegal alien
Barack Obama says that he did not know that his Kenyan aunt was living illegally in the United States. Reports say that Zeituni Onyango lost a bid for asylum in 2004. She lives in public housing in Boston. Obama's presidential campaign has issued a statement that: "Senator Obama has no knowledge of her status but obviously believes that any and all appropriate laws be followed."
2009 - Kosova - A statue of Bill Clinton is unveiled in Kosovo
Bill Clinton attends the unveiling of a statue of himself in Pristina. The 3.5m (11 ft) bronze statue was inaugurated on the Kosovan capital's Bill Clinton Boulevard, and received loud cheers from the thousands of ethnic Albanians that attended. Mr. Clinton is their hero for launching Nato's bombing campaign to drive the Yugoslav troops out of the Serbian province in 1999
. Kosovo declared independence from Belgrade in 2008. The move was supported by the Western states, even though China and Russia still regard Kosovo as part of Serbia.
2011 - United States - Eastern US Hit By Large Snowstorm
Nearly two million homes went without power after an early snowstorm hit the Eastern coast of the United States. The snowstorm was being blamed for the death of twenty-three people and it brought up to 30 inches of snowfall in some areas.
2012 - Saudi Arabia - Truck Crash Kills 22
About twenty-two people died after a fuel truck crashed and exploded in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Another one-hundred and eleven people were injured in the explosion.
2013 - Germany - Germany to Allow Third Gender
Germany is the first European country to allow parents of babies who are born with characteristics of both sexes to leave the gender line on birth certificates blank. This was done to alleviate pressure over choosing a gender and performing surgery on intersex newborns that could cause physical and emotional harm throughout their lives. People of the third gender would have it designated by an X on their passports.
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Born This Day In History 1st November
1st November 1935
Johannesburg, South Africa
Known For :
Gary Player is regarded as one of the greatest players in the History of Golf
having won 163 tournaments over fifty years including nine Majors on the Regular PGA Tour and Golf's Career Grand Slam winning the The Masters ( 1961, 1974, 1978 ) U.S. Open ( 1965 ), The Open Championship ( 1959, 1968, 1974, ) and the PGA Championship ( 1962, 1972 ).
1st November 1963
William Kenneth Alphin, Culpeper, Virginia
Known For :
Best known as Big from the American country music group "Big & Rich" who have had a number of successful singles in the Country Music Charts including "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)", "Holy Water" and "Lost in This Moment" together with 2 top selling albums Horse of a Different Color and Between Raising Hell and Amazing Grace.