On This Day in History, November 12

What do you anticipate for in the month of November? Does the month give you festivity vibes as it’s closer to the end of the year? Well, historically, November 12 had major events that put the world in both a standstill and a celebratory mood.

Read on to find out the historic events that happened on this day!

  • 1880 – Publishing of the bestselling American novel “Ben-Hur: A Tale of The Christ” by soldier Lew Wallace.
  • 1909 – The 10th Canadian Prime Minister, Mackenzie King took his seat in the House of Commons as Minister of Labour.
  • 1915 – Theodore W. Richards, of Harvard University, was the first American to be awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry.
  • 1919 – Ross & Keith Smith start a 1-month flight from London to Australia.
  • 1920 – Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis was elected 1st baseball commissioner.
  • 1921 – Representatives of nine nations gathered, at the Washington Conference for Limitation of Armaments.
  • 1927 –  Joseph Stalin became the undisputed ruler of the Soviet Union.
  • 1936Nobel Prize for Literature was awarded to Eugene O’Neill.
  • 1940 – Walt Disney released “Fantasia” Disney movies, music and books.
  • 1945 – Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Cordell Hull.
  • 1955 –  Eddie Arcaro, Earl Sande and George Woolf got inaugural inducted in (Horse) Racing Hall of Fame.
  • 1970 – The Oregon Highway Division’s attempts to destroy a rotting eight-ton sperm whale near Florence, Oregon led to the now-infamous exploding whale incident.
  • 1974South Africa was suspended from UN General Assembly over racial policies.
  • 1980 – The U.S. space probe Voyager I came within 77,000 miles of Saturn while transmitting data back to Earth.
  • 1984 –  Paul McCartney released the song “We All Stand Together”.
  • 1997 – The UN Security Council imposed new sanctions on Iraq for constraints being placed on UN arms inspectors.
  • 1998 – Vice President of the United States Al Gore symbolically signed the Kyoto Protocol.
  • 2001 – American Airlines Flight 587 on route to the Dominican Republic crashed shortly after takeoff, killing all 260 people on board.
  • 2014 – NATO commander Gen Philip Breedlove reported that Russian military equipment and Russian combat troops had been seen entering Ukraine in columns over several days.
  • 2015 – Out Magazine names Barack Obama ‘Ally of the Year’, becoming the first US president to pose for a cover of a gay magazine.

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