On November 2:
1755 – Marie Antoinette, Queen of France was born.
1868 New Zealand officially adopted a standard time to be observed nationally
1913 Burt Lancaster, American actor, was born.
1917 The Balfour Declaration proclaimed British support for the “establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people” with the clear understanding “that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities”.
1936 The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation was established.
1936 The British Broadcasting Corporation initiates the BBC Television Service, the world’s first regular, high-definition (then defined as at least 200 lines) service.
1938 – Queen Sofia of Spain was born.
1942 At El Alamein in Egypt, the 2nd New Zealand Division opened the way for British armour, allowing the Allies to force a breakthrough and send the Axis forces into retreat.
1942 Shere Hite, American author, was born.
1961 – K.D.(Kathryn Dawn) Lang, Canadian musician, was born.