The Month of November – A Revolutionary History

What does one do with a hangover? Today, in my case, it’s listen to Irish rebel songs and surf the net to try and get the motivation to move off the bed. One of these songs in particular is called ‘Follow Me Up to Carlow’, about the Second Desmond Rebellion in the 16th century. Naturally, as with 99.9% of Irish rebellions against the English, it ended in defeat. What struck me was the date that it ended – November 11th. Maybe I’m being selective, but it has occurred to me on more than one occasion that there is something about the month of November and major world events, particularly in the 20th century. Now, the Second Desmond Rebellion was by no means a Major world event, but more a blip on the endless timeline of history. I digress. The point of this post is to list some of the major things that have happened in November:

1. Peter the Great became Emperor of Russia (Nov 2nd, 1703)
2. Assassination of Israeli Prime Minister, Yitzak Rabin (Nov 4th, 1995)
3. The Hungarian Revolution of 1956 was crushed by the Soviet army (Nov 4)
4. The Gunpowder Plot of 1605 by Guy Fawkes (Nov 5th)
5. The Bolshevik Revolution (Nov 7th, 1917 – by the new calendar, October 25th by the old calendar)
6. The East German Government resigned (Nov 7th, 1989) followed by the fall of the Berlin Wall two days later.
7. Hitler’s Beer Hall Putsch (Nov 8th, 1923)
8. Kristallnacht (9-10 November, 1938)
9. End of WWI (November 11th, 1918)
10. Death of PLO leader, Yasser Arafat (Nov. 11th 2004)
11. The end of the Second Desmond Rebellion (Nov 11th, 1583)
12. Official end of the Cold War, with the signing of a treaty of conventional forces at the Paris summit (19-20 Nov. 1990)
13. Nuremburg trials began (20th Nov., 1946)
14. John F. Kennedy assassination (22nd Nov.)
15. The publication of Origin of Species, by Charles Darwin (24th Nov., 1859)
16. The partition of Palestine (29th Nov. 1947)
17. The ill-fated invasion of Finland by the Soviet Union (30th Nov. 1939)


I’m sure there are plenty more. If anybody thinks of any, please, don’t hesitate to add them in the comment stream.

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