This Week in History: November 8th-14th

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 8th
    • 1910- Milwaukee’s first socialist mayor, Emil Seidel, is elected mayor. (Wisconsin)
    • 1923- Adolf Hitler attempts to start an insurrection in Germany against the Weimar Republic but fails during the Beer Hall Putsch. (World)
    • 1978- American illustrator/painter Norman Rockwell dies. (United States)
  • November 9th
    • 1895- The Pabst Theater is completed in Milwaukee. (Wisconsin)
    • 1938- The Nazis launch Kristallnacht, aka ‘The Night of Broken Glass,’ a campaign of terror and destruction against Jewish people and their homes and businesses in Germany and Austria. (World)
    • 1967- NASA launches Apollo 4 into orbit with the first successful test of a Saturn V rocket. (United States)
  • November 10th
    • 1775- The United States Marine Corp is formed when the Continental Congress orders that two battalions of marines be raised for service during the American Revolution. (United States)
    • 1834- The first public sale of land in the Wisconsin Territory is held at the Mineral Point land office. (Wisconsin)
    • 1969- Sesame Street debuts on PBS. (United States)
  • November 11th
    • 1918- World War I ends as the Allied Powers and Germany sign an armistice document declaring the war to be over. (World)
    • 1964- The Rolling Stones perform in Wisconsin for the first time during a show at the Milwaukee Auditorium. (Wisconsin)
    • 2004- Yasser Arafat, who was president of the Palestinian Authority from 1996-2004 and chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization from 1969-2004, dies in Paris. (World)
  • November 12th
    • 1836- Territorial Governor Henry Dodge signs the first law passed by the Wisconsin Territorial Legislature. (Wisconsin)
    • 1954- The immigration reception center at Ellis Island, New York, is closed to incoming immigrants. (United States)
    • 1990- Sir Timothy John Berners-Lee, a British computer scientist, publishes a formal proposal for the creation of the World Wide Web. (World)
  • November 13th
    • 1835- Texas officially declares independence from Mexico and calls itself the Lone Star Republic until its admission into the United States’ union in 1845. (United States)
    • 1982- Vietnam Veterans Memorial is dedicated in Washington, D.C. (United States)
    • 2015- Terrorists stage coordinated attacks in Paris and its nearby areas, including the Bataclan Theatre and Concert Hall, killing at least 130 people and wounding more than 350. (World)
  • November 14th
    • 1861- Historian Frederick Jackson Turner, responsible for the ‘Frontier Theory’ of American history, is born in Portage, WI. (Wisconsin/United States)
    • 1915- Booker T. Washington, one of the most prominent African-American educators, reformers, and intellectuals in U.S. history, dies at age 59. (United States)
    • 1922- The British Broadcasting Company (BBC) begins the first daily radio broadcasts from Marconi House. (World)

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