Today in History: 14th November – A Journey Through Time

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Greetings, history enthusiasts! It’s 14th November, and I’m Laila, ready to take you on an intriguing journey through time. In this Article, we’ll be exploring the keyword ‘Today in History,’ uncovering remarkable events, stories, and facts that have shaped the world we live in today.

Year Event
1770 James Bruce discovers what he believes to be the source of the Nile.
1812 Napoleonic Wars: Battle of Smoliani, French Marshals Victor & Oudinot defeated by Wittgenstein.
1851 Moby-Dick, a novel by Herman Melville, is published in the USA.
1862 American Civil War: President Abraham Lincoln approves General Ambrose Burnside’s plan to capture the Confederate capital at Richmond, Virginia, leading to the Battle of Fredericksburg.
1889 Pioneering female journalist Nellie Bly (aka Elizabeth Cochrane) begins a successful attempt to travel around the world in less than 80 days. She completes the trip in 72 days.
1910 Aviator Eugene Burton Ely performs the first takeoff from a ship in Hampton Roads, Virginia. He took off from a makeshift deck on the USS Birmingham in a Curtiss pusher.
1918 Czechoslovakia becomes a republic.
1921 Foundation of the Communist Party of Spain.
1922 The British Broadcasting Company begins radio service in the United Kingdom.
1932 Al Shorta SC, one of Iraq’s biggest football clubs, are founded as Montakhab Al Shorta.
1938 The Lions Gate Bridge, connecting Vancouver to the North Shore region, opens to traffic.
1940 World War II: In England, Coventry is heavily bombed by German Luftwaffe bombers. Coventry Cathedral is almost completely destroyed.
1941 World War II: The aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal sinks due to torpedo damage from the German submarine U-81 sustained on November 13.
1941 World War II: In Slonim, German forces engaged in Operation Barbarossa murder 9,000 Jews in a single day.
1952 The first regular UK Singles Chart published by the New Musical Express.
1957 The “Apalachin Meeting” in rural Tioga County in upstate New York is raided by law enforcement; many high level Mafia figures are arrested while trying to flee.
1960 Ruby Bridges becomes the first black child to attend an all-white elementary school in Louisiana.
1965 Vietnam War: The Battle of Ia Drang begins: The first major engagement between regular American and North Vietnamese forces.
1967 The Congress of Colombia, in commemoration of the 150 years of the death of Policarpa Salavarrieta, declares this day as “Day of the Colombian Woman”.
1967 American physicist Theodore Maiman is given a patent for his ruby laser systems, the world’s first laser.
1969 Apollo program: NASA launches Apollo 12, the second crewed mission to the surface of the Moon.
1970 Soviet Union enters ICAO, making Russian the fourth official language of organization.
1970 Southern Airways Flight 932 crashes in the mountains near Huntington, West Virginia, killing 75, including members of the Marshall University football team.
1971 Enthronment of Pope Shenouda III as Pope of Alexandria.
1971 Mariner 9 enters orbit around Mars.
1973 In the United Kingdom, Princess Anne marries Captain Mark Phillips, in Westminster Abbey.
1973 The Athens Polytechnic uprising, a massive demonstration of popular rejection of the Greek military junta of 1967-74, begins.
1975 With the signing of the Madrid Accords, Spain abandons Western Sahara.
1979 Iran hostage crisis: US President Jimmy Carter issues Executive order 12170, freezing all Iranian assets in the United States in response to the hostage crisis.
1982 Lech Wałęsa, the leader of Poland’s outlawed Solidarity movement, is released after eleven months of internment near the Soviet border.
1984 Zamboanga City mayor Cesar Climaco, a prominent critic of the government of Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos, is assassinated in his home city.
1990 After German reunification, the Federal Republic of Germany and Poland sign a treaty confirming the Oder-Neisse line as the border between Germany and Poland.
1991 American and British authorities announce indictments against two Libyan intelligence officials in connection with the downing of the Pan Am Flight 103.
1991 Cambodian Prince Norodom Sihanouk returns to Phnom Penh after thirteen years of exile.
1995 A budget standoff between Democrats and Republicans in the U.S. Congress forces the federal government to temporarily close national parks and museums and to run most government offices with skeleton staffs.
2001 War in Afghanistan: Afghan Northern Alliance fighters take over the capital Kabul.
2003 Astronomers Michael E. Brown, Chad Trujillo, and David L. Rabinowitz discover 90377 Sedna, a Trans-Neptunian object.
2008 The first G-20 economic summit opens in Washington, D.C.
2012 Israel launches a major military operation in the Gaza Strip, as hostilities with Hamas escalate.

As you’ve seen, history is a treasure trove of fascinating tales and significant moments. Whether it’s a scientific breakthrough, a political milestone, a cultural revelation, or a gripping story of human resilience, ‘Today in History’ brings to light the events that have left an indelible mark on our world.

Before we wrap up this historical journey, let’s reflect on the importance of understanding the past. History isn’t just a subject for textbooks; it’s a source of inspiration, knowledge, and wisdom. By studying the triumphs and trials of those who came before us, we gain a deeper appreciation for the present and a better sense of direction for the future.

So, as we bid adieu to our excursion through time on 14th November, remember that history is alive, and its lessons are eternally relevant. Stay curious, keep exploring, and let the past be your guide to a brighter future.

Don’t forget to check back for more captivating ‘Today in History’ posts on this blog. The past is an open book, waiting for you to turn its pages and discover its many secrets. Until next time, happy time traveling!

Laila is a seasoned content writer at USInsightNews, renowned for her captivating storytelling and incisive analysis. Outside of her professional endeavors, Laila can be found exploring new literary works, immersing herself in nature, and advocating for the power of education in empowering communities.

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