TODAY IN HISTORY
TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT Nov. 9, 1938
Nazis looted and burned synagogues as well as Jewish-owned stores and houses in Germany and Austria in a pogrom or deliberate persecution that became known as “Kristallnacht.”
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The passengers and crew of the Mayflower sighted Cape Cod.
It was announced that Germany’s Kaiser Wilhelm II would abdicate; he then fled to the Netherlands.
U.S. Air Force Maj. Robert M. White became the first pilot to fly an X-15 rocket plane at six times the speed of sound. The Beatles’ future manager, Brian Epstein, first saw the group perform at The Cavern Club in Liverpool, England.
The great Northeast blackout began as a series of power failures lasting up to 13 1⁄2 hours left 30 million people in seven states and part of Canada without electricity.
A Saturn V rocket carrying an unmanned Apollo spacecraft blasted off from Cape Kennedy on a successful test flight.
Former French President Charles de Gaulle died at 79.