November 01: Fun Facts about Today in History

Today in History

In the Gregorian calendar, November 1 is the 305th day of the year (306th in leap years); there are 60 days left until the end of the year.


(November 01, 1512)
The public was able to see Michelangelo's fresco on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican Palace for the first time; the artwork is considered one of the finest triumphs in Western painting. photo source:


(November 01, 1755)
Lisbon, Portugal, is completely destroyed by a tremendous earthquake and tsunami that kills 60,000 to 90,000 people. photo source:

(November 01, 1952) The United States has successfully detonated a nuclear device. At the Eniwetok atoll, Ivy Mike, Edward Teller, and other American scientists tested the first thermonuclear bomb. The blast produced ten megatons of TNT equivalent. photo source:

(November 01, 1993) The European Union was established when the Maastricht Treaty went into effect. photo source:

(Died on November 01, 2015)
Fred Thompson, American actor, lawyer, and politician (b. 1942).

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