November 11th

1675 – Leibniz demonstrates the integral calculus, showing how to find the area below a graph – y=f(x)

1887 – Construction of the Manchester Ship Canal begins, and at the time of construction it was the largest canal of its type.

1889 – Washington is admitted as the 42nd US state.

1918 – Germany signs an armistice with the Allied Forces. The war was declared over on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, and is respected by a 2 minute silence.

1918 – Poland regains its independence.

1930 – A patent is submitted for the Einstein Refrigerator, the model that is generally used today.

1940 – In World War II, The Royal Navy launches the first ever aircraft carrier strike on Italian forces. (And now they are wanting to scrap this ability – stupid Conservatives!! It will make us vulnerable!)

1940 – An unexpected blizzard kills 144 in the US.

1942 – Nazi Germany completes its occupation of France.

1952 – The UK music charts begin…on a Tuesday!

1992 – The General Synod of the Church of England votes to allow women to become priests.

2001 – 3 Journalists die in an attack on their convoy in Afghanistan.

Births

Demi Moore – Actress (1962), Leonardo DiCaprio – Actor (1974)

Deaths

Yasser Arafat – Palestinian Leader (d.2004)

Special Days and Observances

Armistice Day/Remembrance Day/Veterans Day (Most countries involved in World War II)

Number 1s

Al Martino – Here In My Heart (1952) (Only Number One of this year as the charts begin today!!! So obviously best seller and spent 9 weeks at Number 1, 9 weeks)

Tommy Edwards – It’s All In The Game (1958)

Roy Orbison – Oh, Pretty Woman (1964)

Archies – Sugar Sugar (1969)

David Bowie – Space Oddity (1975)

Blondie – The Tide Is High (1980)

Berlin – Take My Breath Away (1986)

Righteous Brothers – Unchained Melody (1990)

Westlife – Queen Of My Heart (2001)

Leona Lewis – Bleeding Love (2007)

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