This Day in History - November

Can you guess these things that happened in the month of November?
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Nov 1
The Mackinac Bridge connects the two peninsulas of this U.S. state
Nov 2
Haile Selassie is crowned emperor of this country
Nov 3
Prodded by the United States, this country separates from Colombia
Nov 4
Hostages are seized from the U.S. embassy in this country
Nov 5
This Gunpowder Plot conspirator is captured
Guy Fawkes
Nov 6
This politician is elected President of the Confederate States
Jefferson Davis
Nov 7
A law is passed making it illegal for women in France to wear these
(it would be repealed in 2013)
Nov 8
This conquistador enters Tenochtitlán
Hernán Cortés
Nov 9
This wall comes tumbling down
The Berlin Wall
Nov 10
Henry Stanley presumably finds this explorer in the interior of Africa
David Livingstone
Nov 11
An armistice is signed ending hostilities in this war
World War I
Nov 12
This dictator gains undisputed control over the Soviet Union
Joseph Stalin
Nov 13
ISIS terrorists attack the Bataclan theatre in this city
Nov 14
This British prince is born
Prince Charles
Nov 15
This city on the Germany / Poland border becomes a
quasi-independent city state
Nov 16
Benazir Bhutto is elected prime minister of this country
Nov 17
This canal, connecting the Mediterranean to the Red Sea, is inaugurated
Suez Canal
Nov 18
Over 900 Jonestown cult members commit suicide by drinking cyanide
mixed with this sweetened beverage
Flavor Aid
Nov 19
Abraham Lincoln gives a famous speech at this battle site
Nov 20
This type of whale attacks and sinks the whaling ship Essex
Sperm Whale
Nov 21
This scientist publishes his famous formula: E = MC2
Albert Einstein
Nov 22
This political leader is assassinated in Dallas
John F. Kennedy
Nov 23
One day before his death, this singer reveals that he is HIV positive
Freddie Mercury
Nov 24
This naturalist publishes "On the Origin of Species"
Charles Darwin
Nov 25
The King Fahd Causeway is opened connecting Saudi Arabia
to this nearby island
Nov 26
This band releases their debut single "Anarchy in the U.K."
The Sex Pistols
Nov 27
Pope Urban II calls for this holy war
First Crusade
Nov 28
This pirate captures a French ship which he renames
"Queen Anne's Revenge"
Nov 29
This musical device is first demonstrated by Thomas Edison
Nov 30
The USSR invades this country to start the Winter War
Level 48
Mar 26, 2013
thought of phonograph at the last second then spelled it wrong
Level 67
Nov 1, 2015
Tried record player, then gramophone (and I'm not British). No one to blame but myself.
Level 67
Nov 3, 2018
I went totally the wrong direction...theremin, Moog machine (although it was almost certainly invented by someone named Moog), metronome (surely predates Edison), autotuner, player piano....then I remembered hearing about 1,000 times that Edison invented the phonograph and finally got it right.
Level 71
Nov 21, 2014
Huh, today is the 109th anniversary of the E=MC2.
Level 76
Aug 28, 2020
Actually, it's E = mc2. Small m, small c.
Level 59
Mar 18, 2024
that's why my calculations kept coming our wrong!

Thanks so much for your help!

Level 42
Nov 4, 2015
Mackinac is, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful bridges... though I am a Michigander~
Level 58
Nov 1, 2018
Of course I named all of the famous ones except that one. Pizarro, Desoto, Coronado
Level 67
Nov 1, 2018
Replace 23rd November with 'This long-running British sci-fi television series is first broadcast'
Level 89
Aug 23, 2020
No one outside England watches Dr. Who except for a laugh.
Level 82
Nov 1, 2021
I'm American, and Doctor Who is one of my all-time favorite shows!
Level 83
Jun 11, 2024
Some American online once claimed that they knew British English better than me, an English person, because they were obsessed with Doctor Who
Level 71
Nov 1, 2021
I've seen some Doctor Who. It's not my favorite show, but I still find it enjoyable.

That being said I'm a big Queen fan, so... no to RealXboxNerd.

Level 87
Aug 20, 2020
For the French women clothing prohibition I kept trying variations on "headscarves"... :)
Level 83
Aug 24, 2020
Yep, until I saw the year. :-)
Level 88
Aug 20, 2020
Anarchy in the UK was released in '76 not '72
Level ∞
Aug 21, 2020
Level 83
Aug 21, 2020
It should be E=mc².
Level 75
Aug 24, 2020
Absolutely right. It hurt my eyes such uppercase notation.
Level 95
Aug 21, 2020
Would it be possible to make 'Edward Teach' and 'Edward Thatch' valid type-ins for 'Blackbeard'? Thanks!
Level ∞
Aug 21, 2020
Level 79
Dec 21, 2020
So I technically visited France when it was illegal for women there to wear trousers!
Level 66
Nov 1, 2021
81% know about Guy Fawkes but only 43% about Jefferson Davis?
Level 73
Nov 1, 2021
Jefferson Davis is exactly the sort of historical figure people go "yeah that guy, what's-his-name"
Level 77
Nov 3, 2021
Unless you're not American (in which case it would make sense to not know), the Civil War was the most important period in U.S. history since it's founding. Davis is not some insignificant figure. Ugh, these public schools.
Level 83
Mar 11, 2023
I think the 'unless you're not American' is key here. A lot of people on this site aren't, and almost nobody will cover even the broad facts of the American Civil War in school.
Level 78
Nov 2, 2021
V for Vendetta surely has a lot to do with that.

As for Jefferson Davis... it's a political figure that is not very relevant outside of the US.

Level 82
Nov 5, 2021
Nobody wears Jefferson Davis masks. Inside or outside the United States. But implying that he's somehow less internationally relevant because he was American... than some guy who failed to blow up parliament in 1605... is just... I'd say mind-boggling except that it's not.
Level 69
Oct 3, 2022
Charles is a king now, not a prince - I guess he was a prince when he was born tho? So might not need to be changed
Level 94
Feb 2, 2024
Could you please update Nov 14 to 'King Charles'?
Level 66
May 4, 2024
ARGH I had 29/30 and obvs had zero clue for the Confederacy and I genuinely tried "Davies" and it wasn't accepted! This is pronounced exactly the same as "Davis", can it be accepted please?

Also, Charles is King now ;)