This Thursday marks the beginning of November, and November means election season in the U.S.
We are not going to get political today, but since November always includes elections and political things, politics make up a huge part of the history that happened this week. So this week in history, we are learning quite a few presidential and election facts. We are also talking about the founder of a famous company, an Italian dictator, a famous novel, and more.
This week’s odd fact is keeping with the Presidential theme. Do you know which U.S. President had the most children?
It was John Tyler, the tenth U.S. President. He had fifteen children from two marriages.
Now for This Week In History.
October 28th– November 3rd
- 1940 Italian dictator Mussolini invaded Greece. Greece fought back and it was a disastrous campaign for Mussolini.
- 1955 Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, was born.
- 1929 The stock market crashed, on what is now known as black Tuesday and the beginning of the Great Depression.
- 1735 John Adams, the second U.S. President, was born.
- 1811 Sense and Sensibility, by Jane Austen, was published anonymously. A small group of people knew that Austen was the writer, but most knew only the author as a lady.
- 1517 Martin Luther, posted his ninety-five theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. It marked the beginning of the Protestant Reformation.
- 1864 Nevada became the 36th state in the U.S.
- 1800 John Adams moved into the White House. It was originally called the President’s House, but is now known as the White House.
- 1795 James Polk, the 11th U.S. President, was born.
- 1865 Warren G. Harding, the 29th U.S. President, was born.
- 1948 Harry Truman defeated Thomas Dewey, but the Chicago Tribune mistakenly declared that Thomas Dewey won the presidential election in an early edition of the newspaper published on November 3rd.
- 1964 President Lyndon B. Johnson defeats Barry M. Goldwater in a landslide. It was also the first time that the residents of the District of Columbia, voted in a presidential election.