This Day in History (including personal history)

I love when posters write about history, be it a snippet or something more lengthy. Here's a thread to do just that, and it can be about any history - world, art, European, film, sports, music, television, Soviet, mythological, etc. Let's even allow personal anniversary stories should anyone desire. I learn a lot in this forum and love that I do. I'll start:

On November 9, 1965, nine Northeastern states and parts of Canada go dark in the worst power failure in history, when a switch at a station near Niagara Falls fails.
 

dgold44

G.O.A.T.
9 NOV 1799, Napoleon Bonaparte participates in a coup and declares himself dictator of France.

Speaking of Boney, I'm always reminded of Pumpernickel. He thought it's not fit for human consumption and thus, ''Pain pour Nicole", his horse.
France has not been relevant since
 
That’s what I had assumed this thread was about. I was surprised by the OP
Well, this morning @Vcore89 posted an interesting 'this day in history' fact (in the Yet Another Word Game thread) about Jean-Paul Sartre, and then I went to a site where I read about the Berlin Wall. That interested the hell out of me and I started reading just a little about it. So many things I should know but don't. I didn't even know Germany had been split into four allied zones after the war, and didn't know when that ended. Many smart people here post sometimes about European or Soviet or American history or politics, or at least give their own interpretations about these things, and 99% of the time I find these topics interest me. And so I decided to make this thread! :)
 
November 10, 2019: The New Orleans Saints played a decidedly pitiful, penalty-ridden game in their home stadium and let their biggest rival, the Atlanta Falcons, roundly defeat them (deservedly) 26-9. Coming into the game, the respective season records were 7-1 for the Saints and 1-7 for the Falcons. Saints fans are disappointed, but still love their team!
 
1927: Stalin assumes power in USSR
November 12: Stalin ousted Leon Trotsky from the Communist Party, effectively ending the career of his greatest political rival, to become the undisputed leader of the Soviet Union. He served as the General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union from 1922 to 1952.
 

gn

G.O.A.T.
1970
A powerful tropical cyclone strikes the Ganges Delta region of East Pakistan (now Bangladesh), causing an estimated half-million deaths in a single night; the Bhola cyclone is regarded as the worst natural disaster of the 20th century.
 
1970
A powerful tropical cyclone strikes the Ganges Delta region of East Pakistan (now Bangladesh), causing an estimated half-million deaths in a single night; the Bhola cyclone is regarded as the worst natural disaster of the 20th century.
Wow, that's worse than Japan's 2011 earthquake and subsequent tsunami. Horrible!
 

gn

G.O.A.T.
1970
A powerful tropical cyclone strikes the Ganges Delta region of East Pakistan (now Bangladesh), causing an estimated half-million deaths in a single night; the Bhola cyclone is regarded as the worst natural disaster of the 20th century.
Thanks to this thread! I have learned couple of new things about history!

What's even worse is the aftermath of that disaster!

During the election that took place a month later, the opposition Awami League gained a landslide victory in the province, and continuing unrest between East Pakistan and the central government triggered the Bangladesh Liberation War, which led to widespread atrocities and eventually concluded with the creation of the country of Bangladesh. This storm as well as the Bangladesh Liberation War and 1971 Bangladesh genocide and the subsequent refugees led ex-Beatle George Harrison and Bengali musician Ravi Shankar to organize The Concert for Bangladesh in 1971 in Madison Square Garden, New York City.
 

Zara

Legend
Well, this morning @Vcore89 posted an interesting 'this day in history' fact (in the Yet Another Word Game thread) about Jean-Paul Sartre, and then I went to a site where I read about the Berlin Wall. That interested the hell out of me and I started reading just a little about it. So many things I should know but don't. I didn't even know Germany had been split into four allied zones after the war, and didn't know when that ended. Many smart people here post sometimes about European or Soviet or American history or politics, or at least give their own interpretations about these things, and 99% of the time I find these topics interest me. And so I decided to make this thread! :)
School education is needed for job purposes. Otherwise, you can learn so many things in so many ways as long as you are interested. My motto in life is to learn continuously while having a ton of fun. I even let the Interviewers when I go for job interviews and they really like answer.
 

Poisoned Slice

Bionic Poster
13th November 2005: Eduardo Gory Guerrero Llanes, best known to his many fans as Eddie Guerrero, was found dead in a hotel room in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was just 38. Born October 9, 1967 in El Paso, Texas, Eddie would attend wrestling events his father Gory wrestled in the El Paso Count Coliseum, and during intermissions, he and Chavo would wrestle one another. Eddie wrestled collegiately for New Mexico Highlands University before moving down south to Mexico to follow the footsteps of his uncle Enrique, cousin Javier, and his brothers Chavo Sr., Mando, and Hector.''

Without doubt he is part of the greatest wrestler I've ever seen discussion.

 

Azure

Legend
Hey it's Children's Day in India today. The first prime minister of India, 'chacha' Nehru (uncle Nehru) apparently loved children, so his birthday is celebrated across the country as Children's Day.

This day would always be bookmarked as a kid in school. This special day, teachers would be extra sweet to us, we used to get candy in school, some celebrations and competitions as well. School would run only part time to accommodate for activities and good food :)

 
Well happy birthday to you, @donquijote! :)

Here's a pretty important one:

Smallpox Eradicated
December 9, 1979


A commission of eminent scientists declare that the disease has been eradicated. The World Health Assembly would certify its eradication the following May. This was the first time a disease was declared eradicated. The last known case was in Birmingham, England (1978), when the virus escaped from a research lab. The researcher who let it escape committed suicide. It is estimated that smallpox killed 300-500 million people in the 20th century. It was eradicated by a massive vaccination and containment program. The eradication was aided by the facts that humans are the only reservoir for smallpox infection, and that asymptomatic carriers did not exist.
 

Azure

Legend
Today is human rights day. As the world still struggles to see all humans as equal, today is indeed a very important day for all of humanity

According to UN,

Human rights are rights inherent to all human beings, regardless of race, sex, nationality, ethnicity, language, religion, or any other status. Human rights include the right to life and liberty, freedom from slavery and torture, freedom of opinion and expression, the right to work and education, and many more.

Here is hoping that the world becomes a better place soon.

 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
Today is human rights day. As the world still struggles to see all humans as equal, today is indeed a very important day for all of humanity

According to UN,

Human rights are rights inherent to all human beings, regardless of race, sex, nationality, ethnicity, language, religion, or any other status. Human rights include the right to life and liberty, freedom from slavery and torture, freedom of opinion and expression, the right to work and education, and many more.

Here is hoping that the world becomes a better place soon.

Today is also Nobel Prize Day, with the recipients announced in October assembling in Oslo for their prizes and acceptance speeches. I wasn’t invited, a shameful omission on the Peace and Physics committees’ parts for again not honoring my commitment to spread the Sabooshsian Gospel and achieve higher learning and world peace.

Instead, I will buy a nice 6-pack and drink myself into temporary amnesia on National Lager Day.
 

Azure

Legend
Today is also Nobel Prize Day, with the recipients announced in October assembling in Oslo for their prizes and acceptance speeches. I wasn’t invited, a shameful omission on the Peace and Physics committees’ parts for again not honoring my commitment to spread the Sabooshsian Gospel and achieve higher learning and world peace.

Instead, I will buy a nice 6-pack and drink myself into temporary amnesia on National Lager Day.
Your icon says he has a six pack too. I think he has a family pack.
 
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