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November 2 Historical Events

The following events took place on November 2. The list is arranged in chronological order.

Found 45 events. Showing 1 - 30.

  • 619
    A qaghan of the Western Turkic Khaganate is assassinated in a Chinese palace by Eastern Turkic rivals after the approval of Tang emperor Gaozu.
  • 1410
    The Peace of Bicêtre suspends hostilities in the Armagnac–Burgundian Civil War.
  • 1675
    Plymouth Colony governor Josiah Winslow leads a colonial militia against the Narragansett during King Philip’s War.
  • 1795
    The French Directory, a five-man revolutionary government, is created.
  • 1868
    Time zone: New Zealand officially adopts a standard time to be observed nationally.
  • 1882
    Oulu, Finland is devastated by the Great Oulu Fire of 1882.
  • 1889
    North and South Dakota are admitted as the 39th and 40th U.S. states.
  • 1890
    Formal and official founding of the Uddevalla Suffrage Association.
  • 1895
    The first gasoline-powered race in the United States; first prize is $2,000.
  • 1898
    Cheerleading is started at the University of Minnesota with Johnny Campbell leading the crowd in cheering on the football team.
  • 1899
    The Boers begin their 118-day siege of British-held Ladysmith during the Second Boer War.
  • 1909
    Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity is founded at Boston University.
  • 1914
    World War I: The Russian Empire declares war on the Ottoman Empire and the Dardanelles are subsequently closed.
  • 1917
    The Balfour Declaration proclaims British support for the “establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people” with the clear understanding “that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities”.
  • 1917
    The Military Revolutionary Committee of the Petrograd Soviet, in charge of preparation and carrying out the Russian Revolution, holds its first meeting.
  • 1920
    In the United States, KDKA of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania starts broadcasting as the first commercial radio station. The first broadcast is the result of the United States presidential election, 1920.
  • 1920
    Adam Martin Wyant became the first former professional American football player to be elected to the United States Congress.
  • 1930
    Haile Selassie is crowned emperor of Ethiopia.
  • 1936
    The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation is established.
  • 1936
    The British Broadcasting Corporation initiates the BBC Television Service, the world’s first regular, “high-definition” (then defined as at least 200 lines) service. Renamed BBC1 in 1964, the channel still runs to this day.
  • 1940
    World War II: First day of Battle of Elaia–Kalamas between the Greeks and the Italians.
  • 1947
    In California, designer Howard Hughes performs the maiden (and only) flight of the Spruce Goose or H-4 The Hercules; the largest fixed-wing aircraft ever built.
  • 1949
    The Dutch–Indonesian Round Table Conference ends with the Netherlands agreeing to transfer sovereignty of the Dutch East Indies to the United States of Indonesia.
  • 1951
    Korean War: A small platoon of 28 Canadian soldiers defend a vital area against an entire battalion of 800 Chinese troops in the Battle of the Song-gok Spur. The engagement lasts into the early hours of November 3.
  • 1953
    The Constituent Assembly of Pakistan names the country The Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
  • 1957
    The Levelland UFO Case in Levelland, Texas, generates national publicity.
  • 1959
    Quiz show scandals: Twenty One game show contestant Charles Van Doren admits to a Congressional committee that he had been given questions and answers in advance.
  • 1959
    The first section of the M1 motorway, the first inter-urban motorway in the United Kingdom, is opened between the present junctions 5 and 18, along with the M10 motorway and M45 motorway.
  • 1960
    Penguin Books is found not guilty of obscenity in the trial R v Penguin Books Ltd., the Lady Chatterley’s Lover case.
  • 1963
    South Vietnamese President Ngô Đình Diệm is assassinated following a military coup.

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