Friday, November 4, 2011

Fun Friday

Time for trivia! Here are some interesting historical happenings on the first 7 days of November. There are, of course, many, many others.

November 1: (1995) The first all-race local government elections took place in South Africa, marking the end of the apartheid system.

November 2: (1947) The first and only flight of Howard Hughes' "Spruce Goose" flying boat occurred in Long Beach Harbor, California. It flew about a mile at an altitude of 70 feet. Costing $25 million, the 200-ton plywood eight-engine Hercules was the world's largest airplane, designed, built and flown by Hughes. It later became a tourist attraction alongside the Queen Mary ship at Long Beach and has since been moved to Oregon.

November 3: (1957) Soviet Russia launched the world's first inhabited space capsule, Sputnik II, which carried a dog named Laika.

November 4: (1922) King Tut's tomb was discovered at Luxor, Egypt, by British archaeologist Howard Carter after several years of searching. The child-King Tutankhamen became pharaoh at age nine and died around 1352 B.C. at age 19. The tomb was found mostly intact, containing numerous priceless items now exhibited in Egypt's National Museum in Cairo.

November 5Remembered as Guy Fawkes Day in Britain, for the anniversary of the failed "Gunpowder Plot" to blow up the Houses of Parliament and King James I in 1605.

November 6(1860) - Abraham Lincoln was elected as the 16th U.S. President and the first Republican. He received 180 of 303 possible electoral votes and 40 percent of the popular vote.

November 7: (1885) Canada's first transcontinental railway, the Canadian Pacific, was completed in British Columbia.


  1. Elspeth - Really interesting stuff! Thanks :-). Your last "Did you know" reminded me that it was a Canadian, Sir Sandford Fleming, who first posited the idea of time zones. He was... a railroad developer who wanted a reliable way to make rail schedules. But the meeting that established those time zones wasn't in November...

  2. A snapshot of history.
    Happy Weekend!

  3. Margot; I didn't know that - thanks! But, if it was a Canadian who first put forward the idea, why does the whole world go off Greenwich Mean Time? Shouldn't it be somewhere here, dang it?

    Carol; Happy weekend to you!

  4. And further to Margot's post - I met my sweet patootie at Sir Sandford Flemming Park - at the Dingle Tower! but not in November. And did you know that Howard Hughes invented the cantilevered brassiere? Yep. For Jayne Mansfield. I think. Or maybe it was another Jayne or another big-busted I'm doubting myself.
    Think I'll go have a Grey Goose vodka Martini.

  5. Jan; My imagination went into overdrive when I read 'Dingle Tower'. Yes, I did know about Mr. Hughes and yes, I think it was Jayne Mansfield. Or was it Rita Hayworth? Thanks for dropping by - always love to hear from you.


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