This Week in History



Roger Clark was born.

Elisabetta Di Stefano was born.


1806 - Explorer Zebulon Pike spotted the mountaintop now known as Pikes Peak.

1969 - About 250,000 protesters against the Vietnam War, the largest war protest ever, converged peacefully on Washington, DC.



1973 - President Nixon signed the bill authorizing the construction of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline.

2004 - President George W. Bush nominated Condoleezza Rice to replace Colin Powell as Secretary of State.


November 17

Jaime Jordan was born.

Bob Moran was born.

Finbar Devine was born.


1968 - Night of the "Heidi bowl:" NBC switched from football to movie of Heidi. In the missing 42 seconds, the lagging Raiders scored two touchdowns, defeating the Jets.

1973 - President Nixon said "I am not a crook."


November 18

Annie Graves was born.

Jim McDonald was born.

Christy Cook was born.


1928 - Mickey Mouse made his debut in Steamboat Willie.

1978 - Jim Jones, a U.S. pastor, led 914 of his followers to their deaths at Jonestown, Guyana, by drinking a cyanide-laced fruit drink. Cult members who refused to swallow the drink were shot.


November 19

Tom J. McVeigh was born.

John Edwards was born.

Bobby O’Hara was born.

Scott McCarthy was born.


1863 - Lincoln delivered his Gettysburg Address at the dedication of the national cemetery on the Civil War battlefield of Gettysburg, Pa.

1985 - Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev met for the first time in Geneva.


November 20

Maureen Blue-Kraus was born.


1945 - The war crimes trials of 24 German World War II leaders began in Nuremberg, Germany.

1962 - President John F. Kennedy agreed to lift the American blockade of Cuba, ending the Cuban missile crisis.


November 21 

Maribel Araujo was born.

Brian Dickesheid was born.

Elizabeth Feeney was born.

Frank Gulluscio was born.


1922 - Georgia's Rebecca Felton was sworn into the U.S. Senate, becoming the first woman U.S. Senator.

1973 - The 18 1/2 min gap in the Richard Nixon Watergate tapes was revealed.