November 2 in history


On November 2:

1755 – Marie Antoinette, Queen of France was born.

1868  New Zealand officially adopted a standard time to be observed nationally

1898  Cheerleading is started at the University of Minnesota with Johnny Campbell leading the crowd in cheering on the football team.

1899  The Boers began their 118 day siege of British held Ladysmith during the Second Boer War.

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”.

1930 Haile Selassie was crowned emperor of Ethiopia.

1936 The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation was established.

The current logo of CBC/Radio-Canada

1936  Italian dictator Benito Mussolini proclaimed the Rome-Berlin Axis, establishing the alliance of the Axis Powers.

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.

1947 Designer Howard Hughes made the maiden (and only) flight of the Spruce Goose; the largest fixed-wing aircraft ever built.


1960 Penguin Books was found not guilty of obscenity in the Lady Chatterley’s Lover case.

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1961 – K.D.(Kathryn Dawn) Lang, Canadian musician, was born.

1983 U.S. President Ronald Reagan signed a bill creating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

1988 The Morris worm, the first internet-distributed computer worm to gain significant mainstream media attention, is launched from MIT.

September 21 in history


On September 21:

1792 The National Convention declared France a republic and abolished the monarchy.

1756 Scottish engineer and road builder John McAdam was born.

1834 British troops were used in New Zealand for the first time when they rescued Betty Guard and her children who had been captured by maori after the wreck of the ship Harriet.

1866 English writer H.G. (Herbert George) Wells was born.

1874 English composer Gustav Holst was born.

1897 The Yes Virginia there is a Santa Claus letter was published in the New York Sun.


Francis Pharcellus Church, writer of the famous editorial.
1902 Allen Lane, founder of Penguin books, was born.
1931 US actor Larry Hagman was born.

1934 Canadian singer, songwriter Leonard Cohen was born.

1937 J.R.R. (John Ronald Reuel) Tolkien’s book The Hobbit was published.

Cover to the 1937 first edition
Cover of the 1937 first edition.

1947 US writer Stephen King was born.

1950 US actor Bill Murray was born.

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1957 Australian Prime Minsiter Kevin Rudd was born.

1964 Malta gained its independence.

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1968 US talk show host Ricki Lake was born.

1972  English singer Liam Gallagher was born.

1978 All Black Doug Howlett was born.

Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia.

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