08 November 2012

Timeline November 8 to 10

November 8
1602  The Bodleian Library at Oxford University opened to the public.
1656  Edmond Halley, English astronomer and mathematician, was born.
1895  While experimenting with electricity, Wilhelm Röntgen discovered the X-ray.
2011  The potentially hazardous asteroid 2005 YU55 passed 0.85 lunar distances from Earth (about 324,600 kilometres or 201,700 miles), the closest known approach by an asteroid of its brightness since 2010 XC15 in 1976.

November 9
1620  Pilgrims aboard the Mayflower sighted land at Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
1917  Joseph Stalin entered the provisional government of Bolshevik Russia.
1934  Carl Sagan, American astronomer, was born.
1938  Nazis looted and burned synagogues and Jewish-owned stores and houses in Germany and Austria on Kristallnacht, the "night of broken glass."
1965  The great Northeast blackout occurred as several states and parts of Canada were hit by a series of power failures lasting up to 13 1/2 hours.
1970  Former French president Charles De Gaulle died at age 79.
1989  Communist East Germany threw open its borders, allowing citizens to travel freely to the West. Joyous Germans danced atop the Berlin Wall.

November 10
1483  Martin Luther, leader of the Protestant Reformation, was born in Eisleben, Germany.
1871  Journalist-explorer Henry Morton Stanley found missing Scottish missionary Dr. David Livingstone in central Africa and delivered his famous greeting: "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?"
1925  Richard Burton, Welsh stage and film actor, was born.
1969  "Sesame Street" debuted on PBS.
1975  The ore-hauling ship Edmund Fitzgerald sank during a storm in Lake Superior. All 29 crew members died.

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