November is a month rich in history. From the founding of the Mission at San Juan Capistrano to the meaning of Thanksgiving Day, there is plenty of interesting facts for all your history and trivia buffs!
November 4, 1862, Richard Gatling patented his first rapid-fire gun which used revolving barrels to load, fire, and extract the cartridges.
November 4, 1979, Iranians stormed the U.S. Embassy in Teheran. They took 90 hostages and held them captive for 444 days, in what is known as the Iran Hostage Crisis.
November 11th, the USA celebrates Veterans Day (formerly called Armistice Day).
November 13, 1942, the cruiser USS Juneau was sunk by the Japanese at Guadalcanal. The five Sullivan Brothers from Waterloo, Iowa, died as a result of the attack. Their deaths prompted the U.S. Navy to adopt the Sole Survivor Policy.
November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address.
November 22, 1963, Lee Harvey Oswald assassinated President John F. Kennedy. Or did he?
November 26, 1789, President George Washington proclaimed the first American holiday to be a day of prayer and public thanksgiving for the successful establishment of the new American republic. Thanksgiving Day.
November 29, 1864, 500 Cheyenne and Arapahoe Indians were massacred by U.S. Army troops at Sand Creek, Colorado.
November 30, 1782, a provisional peace treaty was signed by Great Britain and the United States ending America’s War of Independence. The final treaty was signed in Paris on September 3, 1783.