1512 – Michelangelo’s paintings on ceiling of Sistine Chapel in Vatican, Italy were first exhibited. He started the work in 1508.
1570 – The All Saints’ Flood devastated the Dutch coast.
1604 – William Shakespeare’s tragedy The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice was first presented.
1611 – Shakespeare’s romantic comedy The Tempest was first presented
1755 (Earthquake & Tsunami) Lisbon, Portugal – an estimated 10,000-100,000 people were killed
1775 (Earthquake) Kashan, Iran -estimated 40,000 killed
1834 – First published reference to poker (as a Mississippi riverboat game) Originally 20 cards were used, and the 52 card deck appeared before 1850.
1867 – Harper’s Bazaar issue #1 was published. It was America’s first fashion-oriented magazine.
1879 – Thomas Edison signed the patent application for his electric lamp (approved on January 27 1880 Patent #223,898).
1884 – Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) was adopted universally at a meeting of the International Meridian Conference in Washington, DC.
1896 – Zulu groom and bride (a bare-breasted woman) appeared in National Geographic Magazine. The magazine began publication in October of 1888.
1924 – First US NHL franchise, Boston Bruins was founded. The Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs were the first to form and addition of the Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings and New York Rangers made the Original Six teams.
1944 – Harvey (Broadway Play) Opened on November 1, 1944 and Closed: January 15, 1949
1945 – First issue of Ebony magazine published by John H Johnson. The first magazine he started was ‘The Negro Digest’ (later called Black World) in 1942.
1951 – Jet magazine founded by John H Johnson. In 1996, President Bill Clinton bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Johnson.
1952 – Operation Ivy – The United States successfully detonated the first large hydrogen bomb, codenamed “Mike” [“M” for megaton], in the Eniwetok atoll, located in the Marshall Islands in the central Pacific Ocean.
1960 – While campaigning for President of the United States, John F. Kennedy announced his idea of the Peace Corps.
1967 – Cool Hand Luke starring Paul Newman, George Kennedy, and Strother Martin, was released. “What we’ve got here is failure to communicate.”
1968 – The Motion Picture Association of America’s film rating system was officially introduced, originating with the ratings G, M, R, and X.
1969 – #1 Hit November 1, 1969 – November 7, 1969: Elvis Presley – Suspicious Minds
1975 – #1 Hit November 1, 1975 – November 21, 1975: Elton John – Island Girl
1977 – Chiron, the farthest known asteroid was discovered by Charles Kowal. Chiron is named after the wisest of the Centaurs of Greek mythology.
1979 – Federal (US) government made a $1.5 billion loan guarantee for Chrysler. The government basically ‘cosigned’ a loan to keep the company in business.
1981 – First Class US Mail raised from 18 cents to 20 cents. Prior to the use of stamps, postage was paid for by the receiver, not the sender.
1996- The original cartoon series of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles aired its final episode. Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird invented the TMNT in 1984 in comic book form.
2012 – Google’s Gmail became the world’s most popular email (Electronic mail) service. Microsoft’s hotmail was the leader before that. Although Yahoo actually has the most registered users, it is/was not used as much as the others.