On This Day in November: 30 of the Month’s Big Moments

  • Arafat Rahman

Follow along with the biggest moments in November history in this visual journey of photos from the Shutterstock Editorial archive.

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Photography has given us a rich visual archive of the most important events in history — everything from tragedies to the pinnacles of human achievement. Photos can bring us back to a tragic event that broke our collective hearts, a cultural moment that we rejoiced over, or a scientific breakthrough that made us see the world differently. Each month we’ll share photographs from the Shutterstock Editorial archive that show a significant historical or cultural event for each day of that month.
This month, we take a visual journey through November.

November 1

1952 – The United States explodes the first hydrogen bomb, code-named “Ivy Mike,” at Enewetak Atoll in the Marshall Islands.

November 2

2001 – The animated movie Monsters, Inc. is released.

November 3

2016 – The Chicago Cubs win the World Series for the first time in 108 years.

November 4

2008 – Barack Obama becomes the first African-American elected President of the United States.

November 5

1968 – Richard Nixon is elected as President of the United States.

November 6

1988 – Emma Stone is born.

November 7

1991 – Magic Johnson announces he has the HIV virus and retires from the LA Lakers.

November 8

1960 – Senator John F. Kennedy is elected as the 35th President of the United States. At forty-three years of age, he was the youngest president to be elected in the nation’s history.

November 9

1965 – Northeast Blackout: A blackout affecting 30 million people in northeastern states, including New York of the United States and Ontario, Canada. The blackout lasted for up to thirteen hours.

November 10

1969 — Sesame Street debuts on PBS.
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