November 8 Today In History

Important Historical Events

392 Roman Emperor Theodosius declares Christian religion the state religion

1519 1st meeting of Aztec Emperor Moctezuma II and Spanish Conquistador Hernán Cortés in Tenochtitlan, Mexico

1701 William Penn presents Charter of Privileges, guaranteed religious freedom for the colony in Pennsylvania

1734 Vincent la Chapelle, master cook to various nobility and royalty, forms Free Masons Lodge in Netherlands

1895 German physicist Wilhelm Röntgen produces and detects electromagnetic radiation in a wavelength range today known as X-rays or Röntgen rays

2002 Iraq disarmament crisis: UN Security Council under Resolution 1441 unanimously approves a resolution on Iraq, forcing Saddam Hussein to disarm or face “serious consequences”

2005 Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is elected president of Liberia, the first woman to lead an African country

2016 Republican Donald Trump is elected President of the United States of America, defeating democrat Hillary Clinton, who received 2.9 million more votes

Today’s Historical Events

911 Duke Conrad I chosen as King of East Francia

1322 Pope John XXII names John van Diest as Bishop of Utrecht

1494 Uprising against Piero de’ Medici in Florence

1519 1st meeting of Aztec Emperor Moctezuma II and Spanish Conquistador Hernán Cortés in Tenochtitlan, Mexico

1520 Stockholm Bloodbath begins: A successful invasion of Sweden by Danish forces results in the execution of around 100 people.

1575 French Roman Catholics & Huguenots signs treaty

1576 Eighty Years’ War: Pacification of Ghent – 17 Dutch provinces sign anti-Spanish covenant

Today’s Historical Events in Film and TV

1880 French actress Sarah Bernhardt makes her US debut at NY’s Booth Theater

1935 “Mutiny on the Bounty” directed by Frank Lloyd and starring Charles Laughton and Clark Gable premieres in New York (Best Production/Picture 1936)

1949 “All The King’s Men” based on Robert Penn Warren’s Pulitzer winning novel, directed by Robert Rossen and starring Broderick Crawford premieres in New York (Best Picture 1950)

1956 “The Ten Commandments”, directed by Cecil B. DeMille, starring Charlton Heston and Yul Brynner opens in the US

1959 KJTV (now KGET) TV channel 17 in Bakersfield, CA (NBC) 1st broadcast

1964 KUPK TV channel 13 in Garden City, KS (ABC) begins broadcasting

1965 “Days of Our Lives” premieres on TV

Today’s Historical Music Events

1926 George Gershwin‘s musical “Oh, Kay” premieres in NYC

1928 George and Ira Gershwin‘s musical “Treasure Girl” premieres in NYC

1932 “Make Mine Music” debuts

1945 “Girl from Nantucket” opens at Adelphi Theater NYC for 12 performances

1958 “Maria Golovin” closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 5 performances

1974 “Greatest Hits” 11th studio album by Elton John is released

1986 “Song & Dance” closes at Royale Theater NYC after 474 performances

1990 “6 Degrees of Separation” opens at Vivian Beaumont NYC for 496 performances

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1920 Baseball meeting to depose Ban Johnson is set for Nov 12th

1947 Bradman scores his 99th 1st-class cricket century, 100 South Australia v Victoria

1950 Walt Dropo of Boston Red Sox selected AL Rookie of Year

1951 New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra wins 1st of his 3 MVP awards

1961 Whitey Ford is voted Cy Young Award winner over Warren Spahn

1966 Frank Robinson, Baltimore Orioles outfielder, selected as AL MVP,first player to win MVP in both leagues

1966 President Lyndon B. Johnson signs anti-trust immunity to AFL-NFL merger

1970 Tom Dempsey of New Orleans Saints kicks NFL record 63 yard field goal

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