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.
|James Bruce discovers what he believes to be the source of the Nile.
|Napoleonic Wars: Battle of Smoliani, French Marshals Victor & Oudinot defeated by Wittgenstein.
|Moby-Dick, a novel by Herman Melville, is published in the USA.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|Czechoslovakia becomes a republic.
|Foundation of the Communist Party of Spain.
|The British Broadcasting Company begins radio service in the United Kingdom.
|Al Shorta SC, one of Iraq’s biggest football clubs, are founded as Montakhab Al Shorta.
|The Lions Gate Bridge, connecting Vancouver to the North Shore region, opens to traffic.
|World War II: In England, Coventry is heavily bombed by German Luftwaffe bombers. Coventry Cathedral is almost completely destroyed.
|World War II: The aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal sinks due to torpedo damage from the German submarine U-81 sustained on November 13.
|World War II: In Slonim, German forces engaged in Operation Barbarossa murder 9,000 Jews in a single day.
|The first regular UK Singles Chart published by the New Musical Express.
|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.
|Ruby Bridges becomes the first black child to attend an all-white elementary school in Louisiana.
|Vietnam War: The Battle of Ia Drang begins: The first major engagement between regular American and North Vietnamese forces.
|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”.
|American physicist Theodore Maiman is given a patent for his ruby laser systems, the world’s first laser.
|Apollo program: NASA launches Apollo 12, the second crewed mission to the surface of the Moon.
|Soviet Union enters ICAO, making Russian the fourth official language of organization.
|Southern Airways Flight 932 crashes in the mountains near Huntington, West Virginia, killing 75, including members of the Marshall University football team.
|Enthronment of Pope Shenouda III as Pope of Alexandria.
|Mariner 9 enters orbit around Mars.
|In the United Kingdom, Princess Anne marries Captain Mark Phillips, in Westminster Abbey.
|The Athens Polytechnic uprising, a massive demonstration of popular rejection of the Greek military junta of 1967-74, begins.
|With the signing of the Madrid Accords, Spain abandons Western Sahara.
|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.
|Lech Wałęsa, the leader of Poland’s outlawed Solidarity movement, is released after eleven months of internment near the Soviet border.
|Zamboanga City mayor Cesar Climaco, a prominent critic of the government of Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos, is assassinated in his home city.
|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.
|American and British authorities announce indictments against two Libyan intelligence officials in connection with the downing of the Pan Am Flight 103.
|Cambodian Prince Norodom Sihanouk returns to Phnom Penh after thirteen years of exile.
|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.
|War in Afghanistan: Afghan Northern Alliance fighters take over the capital Kabul.
|Astronomers Michael E. Brown, Chad Trujillo, and David L. Rabinowitz discover 90377 Sedna, a Trans-Neptunian object.
|The first G-20 economic summit opens in Washington, D.C.
|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!