Today in history – 11.09.2018

  • 1620 – Pilgrims aboard the Mayflower sight land at Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
  • 1872 – A fire which began in the basement of a warehouse in downtown Boston raged for 12 hours. The Great Boston Fire killed at least 30 people.
  • 1906 – Theodore Roosevelt is the first sitting U.S. President to make an official trip outside the country, traveling to Panama to inspect progress on the Panama Canal.
  • 1938 – Mobs of Germans attacked Jewish businesses and homes throughout Germany in what became known as Kristallnacht.
  • 1965 – Several U.S. states and parts of Canada are hit by a series of blackouts lasting up to 13 hours.
  • 1979 – Nuclear false alarm: The NORAD computers and the Alternate National Military Command Center in Maryland detected a purported massive Soviet nuclear strike. After reviewing raw data and checking early warning radars, the alert is canceled.
  • 1989 – Fall of the Berlin Wall: East Germany opens checkpoints in the Berlin Wall, allowing its citizens to travel to West Berlin.