Historical Events for November 8

1519 1st meeting of Montezuma and Hernando Cortes in Mexico
1602 The Bodleian Library at Oxford University is opened to the public.
1731 In Philadelphia, Benjamin Franklin opens 1st U.S. library
1789 Bourbon Whiskey, 1st distilled from corn (by Elijah Craig, Bourbon KY)
1793 Louvre in Paris, opens
1805 Lewis and Clark reach Pacific Ocean 1821
1858 1st performance of NY Symphony Orchestra
1864 Abraham Lincoln elected to his 2nd term as President
1880 Sarah Bernhardt, French actress, made U.S. debut at New York’s Booth Theater
1895 While experimenting with electricity, Wilhelm Röntgen discovers the X-ray.
1910 1st Washington State election in which women could vote
1924 Fortune Theatre opens in London
1930 1st nonstop airplane flight from NY to Panama
1938 Al Capp, cartoonist of Lil’ Abner creates Sadie Hawkins Day
1938 1st Black Woman Legislator, Crystal Bird Fauset of Philadelphia
1965 “Days of Our Lives” premiers on TV
1989 East Berlin opens its borders
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