This Week in History: November 15th-21st

Welcome to this week’s edition of the staff blog’s ‘This Week in History!’ You will find historical facts, happenings, and associated books; #1 box office movies; and #1 NY Times best sellers from years gone by. This will be a weekly feature, so make sure to check out each week’s posting! NOTE: Click on any of the below book/movie titles to be taken to them in our online Café catalog!


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This Week in History

  • November 15th
    • 1864- Union General William Tecumseh Sherman begins his March to the Sea from Atlanta to Savannah, Georgia. (United States)
    • 1887- Painter Georgia O’Keeffe is born. (Wisconsin)
    • 2001- Microsoft releases the Xbox, a video game console system. (United States/World)
  • November 16th
    • 1532- Explorer/colonizer Francisco Pizarro traps Incan emperor Atahualpa, effectively ending the Incan empire. (World)
    • 1907- Oklahoma is admitted as the 46th state. (United States)
    • 1945- Nazi-German scientists brought to United States to work on rocket technology for what would become NASA. (United States)
  • November 17th
    • 1869- Suez Canal opens. (World)
    • 1965- U.S. 1st Cavalry unit is ambushed in the Ia Drang Valley in Vietnam. The battle would later be dramatized in the 2002 film We Were Soldiers. (United States)
    • 2003- Arnold Schwarzenegger is inaugurated as governor of California. (United States)
  • November 18th
    • 1626- St. Peter’s Cathedral in Rome is officially dedicated. (World)
    • 1883- Railroads in the United States and Canada begin using time zones. (United States/World)
    • 1978- Mass suicide at Jonestown. (United States/World)
  • November 19th
    • 1863- Abraham Lincoln delivers the Gettysburg Address.(United States)
    • 1941- Governor Tommy Thompson is born. (Wisconsin)
    • 1942- The Soviet Red Army launches a counterattack against Nazi forces at Stalingrad. (World)
  • November 20th
    • 1859- First game of baseball is played in Milwaukee. (Wisconsin)
    • 1917- Tanks were used effectively for the first time in warfare during WWI by the British at the Battle of Cambrai. (World)
    • 1945- Nuremberg Trials begin. (World)
  • November 21st
    • 1620- The Mayflower Compact is signed. (United States)
    • 1916- The Britannic, sister ship to the Titanic, sinks in the Aegean Sea (World)
    • 1980- Millions around the world tune into Dallas to find out who shot J.R. (United States/World)

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