1619 – René Descartes had the dreams that inspired his Meditations on First Philosophy.
1775 – The United States Marine Corps Was Born:
“That two battalions of Marines be raised consisting of one Colonel, two lieutenant-colonels, two majors and other officers, as usual in other regiments; that they consist of an equal number of privates as with other battalions, that particular care be taken that no persons be appointed to offices, or enlisted into said battalions, but such as are good seamen, or so acquainted with maritime affairs as to be able to serve for and during the present war with Great Britain and the Colonies; unless dismissed by Congress; that they be distinguished by the names of the First and Second Battalions of Marines.”
1871 – Henry Morton Stanley in Ujiji, Central Africa, encountered David Livingstone with the immortal words: ‘Dr Livingstone, I presume?’
1885 – The world’s first motorcycle, designed by Gottlieb Daimler, made its first announced test-run.
1908 – The first Gideon Bible put in hotel rooms at the Superior Hotel in Superior, Montana.
1919 – The American Legion’s first national convention (Minneapolis). The American Legion is an organization of U.S. war veterans that formed in Paris on March 15-17, 1919.
1951 – The first direct-dial, coast-to-coast telephone service in North America began as Mayor M. Leslie Denning of Englewood, NJ called Mayor Frank Osborn in Alameda, CA.
1958 – #1 Hit November 10, 1958 – November 16, 1958: Conway Twitty – It’s Only Make Believe
1973 – #1 Hit November 10, 1973 – November 23, 1973: Eddie Kendricks – Keep On Truckin’
1974 – The discovery of the “charmed quark” subatomic particle was announced simultaneously by an MIT group at Brookhaven National Laboratory, and a SLAC-Berkeley group on the west coast at Stanford Linear accelerator center.
1975 – The 729-foot-long freighter SS Edmund Fitzgerald sank during a storm on Lake Superior, killing all 29 crew on board.
1977 – The Incredible Hulk (made for TV movie) was shown on CBS. Bill Bixby starred as David Banner, but the comics (and current films) refer to the character as Bruce Banner.
1979 – #1 Hit November 10, 1979 – November 16, 1979: Eagles – Heartache Tonight
1983 – Bill Gates introduced Windows 1.0.
1984 – The first Breeders’ Cup took place at Hollywood Park Racetrack.
1989 – German citizens began to bring the Berlin Wall down.
1990 – #1 Hit November 10, 1990 – November 30, 1990: Mariah Carey – Love Takes Time
1997 – WorldCom and MCI Communications announce a $37 billion merger (the largest merger in US history at the time). It is now part of Verizon.
1999 – Sesame Street celebrated its 30th anniversary. The series created by Joan Ganz Cooney and Lloyd Morrisett.
2001 – Fox Family Channel became ABC Family on Cable television.
2007 – #1 Hit November 10, 2007 – November 30, 2007: Chris Brown featuring T-Pain – Kiss Kiss
2008 – NASA declared the Phoenix Mission concluded after communications with the lander were lost.
2010 – Disney composer Alan Menken received the 2,442nd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame