Today in History - November 1st

  • 1512 - On this day in history, Michelangelo's paintings on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel were first exhibited to the public.
  • 1604 - "Othello," the tragedy by William Shakespeare, was first presented at Whitehall Palace in London. 
  • 1611 - Today in history, "The Tempest," Shakespeare's romantic comedy, was first presented at Whitehall Palace in London. 
  • 1800 - President John Adams became the first president to live in the White House.
  • 1866 - On this day in history, the first Civil Rights Bill passed.
  • 1870 - The United States Weather Bureau made its first meteorological observations using 24 locations that provided reports via telegraph.  
  • 1921 - National Birth Control League & Voluntary Parenthood League merged as American Birth Control League.
  • 1927 - Today in history, the replacement for the Model T "Tin Lizzie" started production at Ford Plants with several body styles --prices started from $460. The Model A stayed in production until 1932. 
  • 1936 - Benito Mussolini made a speech in Milan, Italy, in which he described the alliance between Italy and Nazi Germany as an "axis" running between Berlin and Rome. 
  • 1950 - First Negro player was accepted in the NBA (Celtic's Charles Cooper) Ft Wayne Indiana; assassination attempt on Harry S. Truman took place.
  • 1952 - Today in history, the first hydrogen device exploded at Eniwetok Atoll in Pacific. Fusion occurred for first time on Earth.
  • 1955 - United Airlines Flight 629 was blown up shortly after takeoff over Longmont, Colorado killing all passengers and crew. The FBI charged John Gilbert Graham, who had planted the bomb in his mother's suitcase to collect the insurance money on her death.
  • 1968 - Today in history, The Motion Picture Association of America introduced the rating system (G, M, R, X).
  • 1979 - Federal government made $1.5 billion loan to Chrysler.
  • 1982 - Honda became the first Asian automobile company to produce cars in the United States with the opening of their factory in Marysville, Ohio. The Honda Accord was the first car produced there.
  • 1991 - On this day in history, Gang Lu a student at the University of Iowa went on a shooting rampage armed with a .38-caliber revolver and a .22 caliber handgun killing five people on the Iowa campus. He then turned the gun on himself and committed suicide. 
  • 2012 - Scientists detected evidence of light from the universe's first stars, predicted to have formed 500 million years after the big bang

MUSIC HISTORY - Today in History, November 1st

  • 1968 - George Harrison released the soundtrack "Wonderwall." He was the first Beatle to release a solo album.
  • 1969 - Today in history, The Beatles' "Abbey Road," album went #1 and stayed #1 for 11 weeks.
  • 1991 - The Nirvana album "MTV Unplugged in New York" was released.
  • 1993 - Fats Domino's album "Christmas Is a Special Day" was released on EMI/Right Stuff. It was his first major-label album in 25 years. 
  • 1994 - On this day in history, Nirvana's "MTV Unplugged" performance was released as "MTV Unplugged in New York." 
  • 2006 - Apple created a category for Latino and Hispanic content for iTunes.

SCIENCE, INVENTIONS, PATENTS - Today in History, November 1st

  • 1879 - Thomas Edison executed his first patent application for a high-resistance carbon filament (U.S. Pat. 223,898).
  • 1998 - Iridium inaugurated the first handheld, global satellite phone and paging system.

CULTURE, LIFESTYLE - Today in History, November 1st

  • 1604 - William Shakespeare's tragedy "Othello" was first staged and presented.
  • 1611 - Shakespeare's romantic comedy "Tempest" was first staged and presented.
  • 1867 - "Harper's Bazaar" was published for the first time.
  • 1945 - The first issue of Ebony magazine was published.
  • 1962 - "The Lucy Show" premiered. 
  • 1984 - Willem de Kooning's "Two Women" sold for $1,980,000

SPORTS - Today in History, November 1st

  • 1938 - Seabiscuit often called raced against Triple Crown winner War Admiral in Baltimore, Maryland, and won the match race.


  • 1500 - Benvenuto Cellini, sculptor/goldsmith/author 
  • 1957 - Singer Lyle Lovett
  • 1972 - Jenny McCarthy, Chicago IL, playmate