November events that changed the world
20 NOVEMBER AD 284 DIOCLETIAN COMES TO POWER
A Roman cavalry commander, Diocletian, is proclaimed ruler after Emperor Carus’s death despite him having two heirs.
7 NOVEMBER 1492 COMET CRASHES TO EARTH
The first recorded meteorite crashes into a wheat field in Alsace, France. The locals think it is an omen.
10 NOVEMBER 1871 DR LIVINGSTONE IS FOUND
After the New York Herald sends a reporter to locate the missing Scottish doctor David Livingstone, he eventually finds him deep within the African jungle.
2 NOVEMBER 1930 SELASSIE TAKES THE THRONE
‘Ras Tafari’ is crowned King Haile Selassie I in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with the ceremony costing over 3 million dollars.
30 NOVEMBER 1936 CRYSTAL PALACE BURNS DOWN
What began as a small fire rips through London’s Crystal Palace, destroying it beyond repair. Only two water towers survive.
1 NOVEMBER 1963 VIETNAMESE PRESIDENT KILLED
In a CIA-backed coup, the President of South Vietnam, Ngo Dinh Diem, is assassinated after the country’s Buddhist majority grew angry with his pro-Catholic government.
14 NOVEMBER 1994 FIRST PUBLIC EUROSTAR TRIP
The first paying passengers board the Eurostar, crossing the new Channel Tunnel on their journeys to Lille, Paris and Brussels.