November 11: Fun Facts about Today in History

Today in History

On November 11, learn about the most interesting events and historical facts from across history. The 315th day of the Gregorian calendar is November 11th. On this day, the Palestine Liberation Organization verified Yasser Arafat’s death; the Church of England’s General Synod agreed to allow women to become priests; and Adolph Hitler was arrested in Munich on accusations of High Treason.

The 11th of November falls under the sign of Scorpio. Demi Moore, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Fyodor Dostoevsky are all born on November 11th. Veteran’s Day and National Singles Day are both celebrated today.


(November 11, 1865)
Mary Edwards Walker was the first woman to receive the United States Medal of Honor for her work as a medic during the American Civil War; the honour was withdrawn in 1917 but reinstated in 1977. photo source:


(November 11, 1889)
Washington State is admitted to the Union as the 42nd state. photo source:

(November 11, 1918)
The Allied powers and Germany signed an armistice document in the railway carriage of Ferdinand Foch, the commander of the Allied armies, at 5:00 a.m. on this day in 1918, and World War I ended six hours later. photo source:

(November 11, 1966)
The Gemini 12 spacecraft was launched, marking the end of the Gemini series and the first to make an automatically controlled descent into Earth's atmosphere. photo source:

(November 11, 2004)
Yasser Arafat, the Palestinian Authority's (PA) president from 1996 to 2004, the Palestine Liberation Organization's (PLO) head from 1969 to 2004, and the leader of Fatah, the largest of the PLO's constituent organisations, died in Paris. photo source:

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James has always been intrigued by dinosaurs, the universe, technology, and animals. With a Bachelor of Computer Science and years of writing expertise, he joined World Amazing Facts in 2021 as a staff writer.

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