I1st November 1952 - the US detonates the world's first hydrogen bomb.

 

3rd November 1957 - the Soviet Union launches the first living thing to go into orbit, a dog called Laika, in Sputnik II.

 

5th November 1605 - the Catholic 'Gunpowder Plot' to assassinate James I is discovered and Guy Fawkes is arrested

 

7th November 1917 - the Bolsheviks overthrow Russia's provisional government in the world's first organised revolution.

 

11th November 1918 - fighting in WW1 ceases with the signing of an armistice between Germany and the Allies at 11am.

 

14th November 1973 - Princess Anne marries Mark Phillips.

 

18th November 1991 - Terry Waite freed in Beirut after being held hostage for 1760 days.

 

20th November 1944 - the blackout ends in London as the lights of Piccadilly, the Strand and Fleet Street are switched on.

 

22nd November 1963 - US President John F Kennedy is assassinated by lone gunman Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas, Texas.

 

24th November 1859 - Charles Darwin's 'On the Origin of Species' is published, creating a sensation across the academic world.

 

25th November 1981 - Brixton riots caused by racial tension

 

29th November 1919 - Lady Nancy Astor becomes the first woman member of parliament to take her seat.

 

30th November 2005 - John Sentamu is enthroned as Archbishop of York, the first black archbishop of the Church of England.

Eddie Newall

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