This Day in History: November

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November 9, 1989: The Berlin Wall Falls
1: November 9, 1989: The Berlin Wall Falls

More than just symbolizing the beginning of the end to the Cold War, when the Berlin Wall came down on November 9, 1989, it changed the world profoundly. And the most amazing part? It was due to an accident. Join Professor Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius to trace the circumstances and oversights that led to the downfall of the Iron Curtain.

5 min
November 21, 1887: Sherlock Holmes Makes His Debut
2: November 21, 1887: Sherlock Holmes Makes His Debut

Travel back through the century to see why Sherlock Holmes has had such an impact on the mystery and suspense genre from the first moment of his unveiling in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s A Study in Scarlet.

5 min
November 25, 1491: The Treaty of Granada Ends the Spanish Reconquista
3: November 25, 1491: The Treaty of Granada Ends the Spanish Reconquista

Join an esteemed history professor to discover how the signing of the Treaty of Granada came to be and how it shaped forthcoming events.

6 min
November 4, 1979: The Iranian Hostage Crisis Begins
4: November 4, 1979: The Iranian Hostage Crisis Begins

Although US–Iranian relations showed signs of improving during the summer of 1979, on November 4 of that year, Iranian militants seized the US embassy in Tehran. Sixty-six US citizens in the embassy were taken hostage. Professor Wilford takes you through the tense, real-life details of a daring rescue, one which served the basis for the Academy Award-winning movie Argo.

6 min
November 9, 1922: Einstein Receives the Nobel Prize in Physics
5: November 9, 1922: Einstein Receives the Nobel Prize in Physics

Commemorate the day Albert Einstein won the Nobel Prize in Physics by recreating his famous photoelectric effect in your own home.

7 min
November 23, 1963: Doctor Who Premieres
6: November 23, 1963: Doctor Who Premieres

Join Professor David Kyle Johnson as he walks you through the time travel paradoxes represented in one of Doctor Who’s most iconic episodes, “Blink.”

10 min