Friday, November 11, 2016

Historifly Presents This Month in History: November 2016

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn published in the United States in February 1885


November 1, 1897
Library of Congress building opened its doors to the public
The Library had been housed in the Congressional Reading Room in the U.S. Capitol. In the twentieth century, two additional buildings were added to the Library of Congress complex on Capitol Hill.

November 11, 1918
World War One Ends
The Allied powers signed a ceasefire agreement with Germany at Rethondes, France, at 11:00 a.m. on November 11, 1918, bringing the war, later known as World War I, to a close.

November 19, 1863
Gettysburg Address
President Abraham Lincoln delivered a short speech at the close of ceremonies dedicating the battlefield cemetery at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

November 21, 1789
North Carolina becomes a U.S. State
North Carolina ratified the Constitution to become the twelfth state in the Union. The vote came approximately two hundred years after the first white settlers arrived on the fertile Atlantic coastal plain.

November 22, 1963
John F. Kennedy Assassinated
President John F. Kennedy was shot as he rode in a motorcade through the streets of Dallas, TX.

November 28, 1895 
The First American Automobile Race
Six "motocycles" left Chicago's Jackson Park for a 54-mile race to Evanston, Illinois, and back—through the snow. Number 5, piloted by inventor J. Frank Duryea, won the race in just over 10 hours at an average speed of about 7.3 miles per hour! The winner earned $2,000; the enthusiast who named the horseless vehicles "motocycles" won $500.

November 30, 1835
Mark Twain Born
Samuel Langhorne Clemens, popularly known as Mark Twain, was born in Florida, Missouri.

November 11, 1889
Washington becomes a U.S. State
President Benjamin Harrison declared Washington the forty-second state.


All of this history and more can be found in the Library of Congress.  The Library of Congress is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress.