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Interesting Holidays of History in November

Updated on November 9, 2018
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In many ways, music saved my life, and I have the most famous director of the USMC bands to thank for it!

Heavyweight History

"The most shocking evening in boxing": George Foreman VS Michael Moorer

On November 6, 1994, George Foreman made history by becoming the world's oldest heavyweight title belt holder at 45 years of age. He went on to represent an entire line of cooking equipment known as the George Foreman Grills.

United Nations History

November 6, 1962

The United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution against the inhumanity of Apartheid in South Africa, asking all UN Members to end economic and military relations with that nation.

Apartheid remained in effect from 1948-1993 as a government-sanctioned discrimination politically and economically all members of the South African non-white populace. This included separate white and non-white neighborhoods. Non-whites needed special permission to even walk into a white neighborhood. This was a hardship, considering whites were a small minority of the total population, but controlled a huge majority of the country's land.

Apartheid continued on to 1973, when the UN declared it to be a "crime against humanity."

Apartheid continued and in 1974, South Africa was suspended from the UN General Assembly.

Despite blood resistance, the bigotry rule of government, apartheid continued until it began to erode in the early 1990s. The popular hero Nelson Mandela lived 27 years in prison with fellow anti-apartheid leaders in a sentence for treason. However, in 1993, he was elected President of South Africa. He remains a hero of the war against prejudice, discrimination, and bigotry worldwide.

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Historic Lunar Orbiter, ready to launch and take photos.Limb of Copernicus Impact Crater
Historic Lunar Orbiter, ready to launch and take photos.
Historic Lunar Orbiter, ready to launch and take photos. | Source
Limb of Copernicus Impact Crater
Limb of Copernicus Impact Crater | Source

The Stars in History on November 6

November 6, 1966: NASA History

On this autumn day in 1966, NASA's Lunar Orbiter 2 or the USA Lunar Orbiter was successfully launched to circle the moon (Luna). It did so grandly, photographing the far side in search of possible Apollo mission landing sites for the future. When finished with its work, the orbiter was remotely crashed by NASA personnel on Earth.

November 6, 1967: Further Adventures

In November 1967, NASA's Mariner 5 completed its five-month Venus Flyby mission. It took 4 months to reach Venus, where it examined the planet's magnetic field and found an atmosphere composed of 85-99% CO2. Mariner 5 is still alive in 2009, maintaining a solar orbit, like a tiny planet.

November 6, 1995: Pioneer 11, The Final Adventure

On this date, Pioneer 11 completed a Jupiter and Saturn Flyby mission. A true pioneer it left the solar system. It provided pictures on the way and measured the Jovian charged-particle, magnet-field environments. It explored past the outer edge of Saturn A-Ring, then passed under rings and out into space.

For more US space history, visit

History Marches Forward

November 6, 1854

On this November day before the American Civil War, the future March King, John Philip Sousa, was born. He composed innumerable marches, and a few Broadway musicals:

  • Chris and the Wonderful Lamp (1900)
  • The Free Lance (1906)
  • The American Maid (1913)

Sousa has been honored with a reference in the musical The Music Man as well: it is his own appearance in town that the good Prof. Harold Hill of the musical speaks of in the Sousa-inspired "76 Trombones." In fact, the song's composer, Meredith Willson had himself played in Sousa's band as a young musician!

Rock and Roll History

November 6, 1965

  • In Bill Graham's first produced concert, the Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead played together for a benefit.
  • The Rolling Stones hit #1 with the song Get Off Of My Cloud.

November 6, 1968

Joe Cocker’s version of With a Little Help From My Friends was the Number One Hit in the UK.

November 6, 1971

The Who launched Behind Blue Eyes from their Desert Island Disc Who’s Next.

History in Vogue

November 6, 2006

On this day in history, VogueTV presented a tribute to the 90th Birthday of Vogue Magazine via archived and previously unknown tidbits that people would enjoy. The show presented the top famous models, magazine covers, and historical development and accomplishments.

World War II News

November 6, 1941

The new Soviet top gun, Joseph Stalin, spoke to the Soviet Union for the second time out of 30 years of iron-fisted rule. He pronounced that though 350,000 men were killed in German attacks to date, the Germans had lost many more: 4.5 million men. Soviet Union would be victorious! USA also lent the Soviet Union $1 million this day.

November 6, 1944

The product plutonium was first made successfully by the Hanford Atomic Facility and used later in the Atomic bomb for Nagasaki, dropped by The Enola Gay.

By 2018, new USA-Russia tensions made many Americans really very sorry that our country ever lent money to Russia!

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Joanna the InsaneCSS ShenandoahFirst basketball court, Springfield College, Massachusetts.
Joanna the Insane
Joanna the Insane
CSS Shenandoah
CSS Shenandoah
First basketball court, Springfield College, Massachusetts.
First basketball court, Springfield College, Massachusetts.

Additional November 6 Events

1479: Birthday of Joanna, the Insane, Queen of Castile, Spain -- She sounds like an interesting woman.

1865: An odd Civil War ending -- The CSS Shenandoah was the final Confederate combat entity to surrender. But first, it sailed around the world and sank or captured 37 vessels.

1888: The Republican candidate Benjamin Harrison won the 23rd Presidency of the United States.

1905: The first stage presentation of Peter Pan opened in NYC. Peter Pan was played by Maude Adams and later by Mary Martin, before Seinfeld's "George Costanza" took over the roll on Broadway.

1835: Birthday of Mr. Cesare Lombroso, who became a professor of psychiatry, a founder of criminology (followed by Walter Reckless and Simon Dinitz and others), and developed a system of identifying criminals by personality types.

1861: Birthday of James Naismith, who invented basketball with a peach basket.

1946: Birthday of actress Sally Field.

1947: Meet The Press makes its television debut, become a weekly event in 1948.

1955: Birthday of Maria Shriver.

1967: TV talk show host Phil Donahue broadcast his first TV show in Dayton, Ohio

1985: The Iran-Contra Affair: US President Ronald Reagan had authorized the shipment of arms to Iran, as revealed by US media.

1991: The Russian President, Yeltsin, outlawed the Communist Party in Russia.

Some Top 10 Hits on November 6

1961: Fool Number One by Brenda Lee; Big Bad John by Jimmy Dean (who soon introduced the Muppet Rowlf on his TV show)

1969: Suspicious Minds by Elvis Presley; Wedding Bell Blues by The 5th Dimension,

1985: Head over Heels by Tears for Fears.

© 2009 Patty Inglish MS


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