November 1 in history


On November 1:

1512 The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, painted by Michelangelo, was exhibited to the public for the first time


Creation of Adam by Michelangelo
1520 The Strait of Magellan, was first navigated by Ferdinand Magellan during his global circumnavigation voyage.
1604 William Shakespeare‘s tragedy Othello was staged for the first time, at Whitehall Palace in London.
1611  William Shakespeare‘s romantic comedy The Tempest was staged for the first time, at Whitehall Palace.
1800  US President John Adams became the first President of the United States to live in the Executive Mansion (later renamed the White House).
1814  Congress of Vienna opened to re-draw the European political map after the defeat of France, in the Napoleonic Wars.
Period oil painting of the delegates to the Congress of Vienna.

The Congress of Vienna by Jean-Baptiste Isabey,

1848 The first medical school for women, The Boston Female Medical School (which later merged with the Boston University School of Medicine), opened.

1876  New Zealand‘s provincial government system was dissolved.

1887 – L. S. Lowry, British painter of industrial scenes, was born.

1896 A picture showing the bare breasts of a woman appears in National Geographic magazine for the first time.

1898 The New Zealand parliament passed the Old-Age Pensions Act.

1911 The first dropping of a bomb from an airplane in combat, during the Italo-Turkish War.

1918  Western Ukraine gained its independence from the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

1938 Seabiscuit defeated War Admiral in an upset victory during a match race deemed “the match of the century” in horse racing.

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Seabiscuit statue, Santa Anita Park

1939 The first rabbit born after artificial insemination was exhibited to the world.

1981  Antigua and Barbuda gain independence from the United Kingdom.

1993  The Maastricht Treaty takes effect, formally establishing the European Union.

 The signing of the Treaty

Sourced from NZ History Online and Wikipedia.

August 9 in history


On August 9:

1483 The Sistine Chapel was opened.

1908 The US “Great White Fleet” entered Auckland harbour.

1919 My mother was born.

1961 John Key was born.

1965 Singapore gained independence.

1963 US singer Whitney Houston was born.


Sourced from Wikipedia and NZ History ONline.

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