Category: This Day in History

November 13, 1974 — Karen Silkwood, a technician and union activist at the Kerr-McGee Cimarron plutonium plant near Crescent, Okla., was killed in a car crash while on her way to meet a reporter. 

November 12, 1936 — The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge opened. It cost $78 million and was the longest bridge ever attempted.

November 11, 1918 — Germany signs an armistice agreement with the Allies in a railroad car in the forest of Compiègne and WW I ends.

November 10, 1969 — Sesame Street, a children’s show, premiered on the National Education Television network (NET), which later became PBS.

November 9, 1965 — Nine Northeastern US states and parts of Canada were hit by a series of power failures lasting up to 13 1/2 hours when a switch at a station near Niagara Falls failed.

November 8, 1974 — Charges were dropped against eight Ohio National Guardsmen for their role in the deaths of four anti-war protestors at Kent State University.

November 7, 1972 — President Richard Nixon was re-elected in a landslide over Democrat George McGovern.

November 6, 1963 — Following the November 1 coup and execution of President Ngo Dinh Diem, coup leader General Dương Văn Minh takes over leadership of South Vietnam.

November 5, 1872 — In defiance of the law, suffragist Susan B. Anthony votes for the first time, and is later fined $100.

November 4, 2008 — Barack Obama becomes the first person of biracial or African-American descent to be elected President of the United States.

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