Today in History - November 11th

  • 1620 - On this day in history, The Mayflower Compact was signed by the 41 men on the Mayflower when they landed in what is now Provincetown Harbor near Cape Cod. The compact called for "just and equal laws." 
  • 1889 - Washington became the 42nd state of the United States. 
  • 1918 - Today in history, World War I came to an end when the Allies and Germany signed an armistice. This day became recognized as Veteran's Day in the United States.
  • 1921 -  President Harding dedicated Tomb of Unknown Soldier (Arlington Cemetery),
  • 1926 - U.S. Route 66 is established, today in history.
  • 1965 - On this day in history, Walt Disney announced a project in Florida. 
  • 1987 - Vincent Van Gogh's "Irises" was sold for a then record 53.9 million dollars in New York.
  • 1992 - Today in history, Russian President Boris Yeltsin told American senators in a letter that Americans had been held in prison camps after World War II. Some were "summarily executed," but others were still living in his country voluntarily.
  • 1992 - The Church of England voted to ordain women as priests. 
  • 1994 -  Bill Gates bought Leonardo da Vinci's "Codex" for $30,800,000
  • 1998 - On this day in history, Jay Cochrane set a record for the longest blindfolded skywalk. He walked on a tightrope between the towers of the Flamingo Hilton in Las Vegas, NV.
  • 2002 - Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates pledged $100 million to fight AIDS in India.

SCIENCE, INVENTIONS, PATENTS - Today in History, November 11th

  • 1675 - Today in history, Gottfried Leibniz demonstrated integral calculus for the first time to find the area under the graph of y = f(x) function.
  • 1851 - The telescope was patented by Alvan Clark., on this day in history.
  • 1920 - The body of an unknown British soldier was buried in Westminster Abbey. The service was recorded with the first electronic recording process developed by Lionel Guest and H.O. Merriman. 
  • 1930 - Patent number US1781541 was awarded to Albert Einstein and Leó Szilárd for their invention: the Einstein refrigerator.
  • 1940 - Today in history, the Jeep made its debut. 
  • 1952 - The first video recorder was demonstrated by John Mullin and Wayne Johnson in Beverly Hills, CA. 
  • 1966 - The United States launched Gemini 12 from Cape Kennedy, FL. The craft circled the Earth 59 times before returning.

SPORTS - Today in History, November 11th

  • 1868 - Today in history, the first indoor amateur track and field meet was held by the New York Athletic Club. 
  • 1946 - The New York Knickerbockers (now the Knicks) played their first game at Madison Square Garden. 

HISTORY OF MUSIC - Today in History, November 11th

  • 1925 - Today in history, Louis Armstrong recorded the first of Hot Five & Hot Seven recordings.
  • 1938 - Kate Smith first sang Irving Berlin's "God Bless America" on network radio.
  • 1967 - On this day in history, The Supremes' "In And Out Of Love" was released. 
  • 1968 - John Lennon & Yoko Ono appeared nude on cover of "2 Virgins" album.
  • 1969 - Jim Morrison of the Doors was jailed for "interfering with the flight of an intercontinental aircraft and public drunkenness." The charges were eventually dropped. 
  • 1989 - On this day in history, Melissa Etheridge and Joe Cocker entertained Germans that were celebrating the newly tumbled Berlin Wall. 

FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS - November 11th

  • Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky - 1821
  • Kurt Vonnegut Jr. - 1922
  • Jonathan Winters - 1925 
  • Demi Moore - 1962 
  • Leonardo DiCaprio - 1974