1944 : After many attempts over a period of 2 years to sink the Tirpitz, eventually 32 British Lancaster bombers attack and do sink the mighty German battleship Tirpitz.
1946 : The Exchange National Bank of Chicago, Illinois, institutes the first drive in banking service in America .
A Bulgarian man captured by the Greeks returned home and saw his wife for the first time after four years. Unfortunately, he had returned too late and his wife had already remarried to someone new. She had thought he was dead that he was missing so long. Shortly after finding out about the new marital status of his former wife, the newly-returned Bulgarian prisoner left the country. He decided it was best to let the new couple to be happy.
1927 : Josef Stalin takes full control of the Soviet Union as Leon Trotsky is expelled from the Communist Party.
Hostilities in Manchuria, along with the Chinese boycott of Japanese goods, proved well for the British. As a result, British unemployment rates had dropped. The reason more British people were put back to work at this time was because of the increase demand in Lancashire textiles. Increase in these English goods would possibly have not occurred if the boycott of Japanese merchandise had not taken place.
Many if not most rural homes in the twenties did not have full indoor plumbing so this was your best chance of having a hot bath, the water heater could be a Gasoline or Kerosine based burner, To use the bathtub you first needed to fill the tank with water ( held 12 gallons ), next light the burner and when ready fill the bath, to empty the bath attach the 6ft length of hose to the water outlet and drain out through the nearest window.
The long battle in the Philippines had continued. Apparently, within a couple of days the Americans had regained their confidence. They just destroyed an entire Japanese convoy of six destroyers and four transports. However, the battle in Leyte, Philippines was not over with yet.
Ellis Island in New York closes after providing the gateway for 12 million immigrants from 1892 - 1924. From 1924 to 1954 it was mostly used as a detention and deportation center for illegal immigrants .
Chuck Berry - popular for such hits as "Johnny B. Goode" and "Roll Over Beethoven" - is named by a Billboard poll as the most promising R&B artist of the year. He proved the pollsters right be becoming a huge success in more than one genre of music.
Leftist political representatives blamed the Japanese conservative government for the mine and rail disasters that occurred just a few days beforehand. The Socialist, Democratic Socialist, and Communist Parties decided to do their own investigation of these two tragedies which had occurred within six hours. The mine disaster occurred at Omuta, on the Southern Island of Kyushu, and the train pile-up occurred at Yokohama. The investigations made by different political party representatives were connected to winning over the Japanese people come time for the upcoming election.
1970 : The Oregon Highway Division attempts to destroy a rotting eight-ton sperm whale near Florence, Oregon with half a ton of dynamite, leading to the now infamous exploding whale incident. The explosion caused large pieces of blubber to land some distance away from the beach and left much of the whale intact.
Members of a local Canadian government were discussing the possibility of a national oil corporation forming. Energy Minister Donald McDonald was just interviewed by CTV regarding this matter. A decision was expected to be made within a month.
The dollar was valued at a record high. On certain European markets, it equaled approximately 2.61 German marks .
Following the taking of 66 Americans as Hostages at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran on November 4, President Jimmy Carter bans the import of oil from Iran .
Voyager 1 space probe reaches Saturn and sends back pictures including the planet and yellow and orange clouds circling the planet at several hundred miles an hour.
Lech Walesa, the leader of the Solidarity movement, is released after 11 months .
The English pound note is to disappear and be replaced by the one pound coin which were introduced last April.
The United States government introduced plans for a new Soviet intelligence program.
We spent many hours researching cost of living information for each year and I created this page after being asked a number of times about why I did not include current prices alongside our cost of living information for each year and thought this was the easiest way to make the information available. includes Average Cost Of New Home, Average Wages, New Car cost, Gallon Of Gas and a 1lb Hamburger Meat, 1920 to 2023
1950s Prices including inflation prices for homes, wages, etc.
Baby Boomers raise families following 20 years of unrest (Great Depression and World War II) the peak of the Baby Boomer Years
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Crown Prince Akihito, is crowned as the 125th Emperor of Japan two years after the death of his father.
Sir Tim Berners-Lee with help from Robert Cailliau publish a formal proposal for the World Wide Web on this day in History.
Indonesian forces open fire on a crowd of pro independence demonstrators in the Santa Cruz cemetery in the capital, Dili, East Timor killing an estimated 250 East Timorese protesters.
President Bill Clinton of the United States had announced that U.S. soldiers stationed in Germany would be assigned to Bosnian peace-keeping tasks.
A mid air collision between Saudi Arabian Airlines Flight 763 ( Boeing 747-168B ) and Air Kazakhstan Flight 1907 ( Ilyushin Il-76 ) over the village of Charkhi Dadri, Haryana, India results in the death of all passengers and crew on both flights a total of 349 making it the most deadly mid air collision in history.
A second large earthquake strikes Turkey just 3 months after the August 17th quake which left some 17,000 people dead and thousands more homeless. Turkey has issued an international appeal for winter tents to shelter tens of thousands of people left homeless by this earthquake .
President Bill Clinton signs the financial services reform bill allowing banks, investment firms and insurance companies to sell each other's products.
American Airlines Flight 587 ( Airbus A300 ) on route to Dominican Republic crashes shortly after takeoff into the Belle Harbor residential area of Queens killing all 260 people aboard the plane and 5 people on the ground .
2002 : News broke out that al-Qaida terrorist leader Osama Bin Laden appeared in a tape recording. Effort was being made regarding the authenticity of this recording. If these tapes were proven "real", it would be the closest big of evidence revealed regarding Bin Laden's schemes to this date. He was one of the prime suspects of the World Trade Center and government bombings that occurred on September 11, 2001.
A jury in Redwood City, Calif., convicted Scott Peterson of murdering his pregnant wife, Laci, and dumping her body in San Francisco Bay.On March 16, 2005, Peterson was sentenced to death and currently resides on death row in San Quentin State Prison. .
The 2003 Protocol on Explosive Remnants of War was an international treaty signed in 2003 that aimed to limit the impact of cluster bombs and other unexploded devices on civilian populations when conflicts end. It came into effect on November 12, 2006.
Russia and India will be jointly developing a new military transport aircraft under a deal that was signed by the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan during his visit to Moscow. After talks in the Kremlin between Singh and Russian President Vladimir Putin, the two sides also signed an agreement on India's debt to Moscow
At least twenty-one people have been killed, and more than eighty-five injured in bombs in Baghdad. The most serious attack resulted in about twelve people being killed and sixty injured when simultaneous car and roadside bombs detonated.
Thousands of protestors from the Unified Communist Party of Nepal blocked entry points to Singha Durbar, which is the official seat of Nepalese government, as part of a two-day restoration what they call "civilian supremacy". They blocked eight access points to the principal government secretariat, and were led by the Maoist chairman and former Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda,' Mohan Vaidya ‘Kiran' and Baburam Bhattarai. The Nepalese capital was badly disrupted by the Maoists, who chanted slogans against the government and blocked all of the roads that lead to Singha Durbar.
2011 : Major League Baseball player Wilson Ramos was kidnapped in Venezuela by armed men but was found alive soon after by security forces. Ramos plays as a catcher for the Washington Nationals and was visiting his mother in Valencia, Venezuela.
Silvio Berlusconi officially resigned from his post as prime minister of Italy after spending seventeen years at the forefront of Italian politics. Berlusconi, who had been unpopular with voters for many years prior to his resignation due to scandals and corruption, had finally resigned over the loss of his majority during a financial crisis.
Officials believe at least forty-two police officers were killed but there could be more dead in an attack in Samburu, Kenya after cattle rustlers ambushed them.
The newly built One World Trade Center in New York City is the tallest building in the United States after a Height Committee ruled that the 408 foot needle at the top of the tower counted towards the height. The building that had previously occupied that place was the Willis Tower in Chicago.
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Born: 12th November 1956 Philadelphia, U.S.
Died: 14th September 1982 Monte Carlo, Monaco
Known For : Best known as Princess Grace of Monaco after she married Prince Rainier III of Monaco. But prior to getting married she had a very successful career as an actress including winning an Oscar in 1954 for Best Actress in The Country Girl. She worked alongside and with some of the Hollywood greats including Gary Cooper, Stewart Granger, Clark Gable, Ava Gardner, James Stewart, Bing Crosby, Alec Guinness and with the cream of Hollywood directors John Ford and Alfred Hitchcock and just some of her films High Noon, Mogambo, Dial M for Murder, The Country Girl, To Catch a Thief and High Society. She died in tragic circumstances in a car accident in her beloved Monaco.
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Born: 12th November 1961 Onesti, Romania
Known For : She was the first gymnast to be awarded a perfect score of 10 in an Olympic gymnastic event when she was just 14 years old at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal. No other gymnast had ever gained a 10 and her routine on the uneven bars was the first scored at a 10.0. during the games she scored a total of six additional 10s not only making history but making her a household name world wide and popularizing the sport of gymnastics