Follow along with the biggest moments in November history in this visual journey of photos from the Shutterstock Editorial archive.

Photography has given us a rich visual archive of the most important events in history — everything from tragedies to the pinnacles of human achievement. Photos can bring us back to a tragic event that broke our collective hearts, a cultural moment that we rejoiced over, or a scientific breakthrough that made us see the world differently. Each month we’ll share photographs from the Shutterstock Editorial archive that show a significant historical or cultural event for each day of that month.

This month, we take a visual journey through November.


November 1

1967 — Cool Hand Luke starring Paul Newman debuts.

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Photo by Warner Bros/Kobal/Shutterstock.

November 2

1947 — Howard Hughes makes the only flight in the “Spruce Goose,” the largest fixed-wing aircraft ever built.

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Photo by Kobal/Shutterstock.

November 3

2016 — The Chicago Cubs win the World Series for the first time in 108 years.

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Photo by Gene J. Puskar/AP/Shutterstock.

November 4

2008 — Barack Obama becomes the first African-American elected President of the United States.

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Photo by Jae C. Hong/AP/Shutterstock (9613139c).

November 5

2017 — 26 people die in a mass shooting at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

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Photo by LARRY W. SMITH/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock (9210233w).

November 6

1987 — Less Than Zero starring Robert Downey Jr. debuts.

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Photo by John Clifford/20th Century Fox/Kobal/Shutterstock (5883173j).

November 7

1991 — Basketball legend Magic Johnson announces he’s infected with the HIV virus and retires from the NBA.

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Photo by Nick Ut/AP/Shutterstock.

November 8

1960 — John F. Kennedy becomes the youngest person elected President of the United States.

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Photo by Uncredited/AP/Shutterstock.

November 9

1985 — Gary Kasparov of the Soviet Union becomes the youngest World Chess Champion at 22.

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Photo by ANL/Shutterstock.

November 10

1969 — Sesame Street debuts on PBS.

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Photo by Ctw/Jim Henson Prod/Kobal/Shutterstock.

November 11

1918 — World War 1 ends when Germany signs an armistice with the allies.

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Photo by Historia/Shutterstock.

November 12

2001 — American Airlines Flight 587 crashes in New York shortly after take off, killing 260.

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Photo by TAMARA BECKWITH/Shutterstock.

November 13

1982 — Vietnam Veterans Memorial dedicated in Washington D.C.

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Photo by Bob Daugherty/AP/Shutterstock.

November 14

1973 — Princess Anne marries Captain Mark Phillips at Westminster Abbey.

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Photo by Reginald Davis/Shutterstock.

November 15

1956 — Elvis Presley makes first movie debut in Love Me Tender.

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Photo by Moviestore/Shutterstock.

November 16

2001 — Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone debuts.

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Photo by Richard Young/Shutterstock.

November 17

2003 — Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger becomes the 38th Governor of California.

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Photo by RICK BOWMER/AP/Shutterstock.

November 18

1978 — Members of the People’s Temple commit mass suicide at the order of Rev. Jim Jones in Jonestown, Guyana.

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Photo by AP/Shutterstock.

November 19

1975 — One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, starring Jack Nicholson, debuts.

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Photo by Moviestore/Shutterstock.

November 20

1945 — The Nuremberg Trials open with 24 top Nazi leaders facing charges.

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Photo by Anonymous/AP/Shutterstock.

November 21

1980 — Over 90 million people watch Dallas to learn who shot J.R.

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Photo by RASMUSSEN/AP/Shutterstock.

November 22

1963 — President John F. Kennedy assassinated in Dallas.

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Photo by Uncredited/AP/Shutterstock.

November 23

1984 — Doug Flutie throws a last-second Hail Mary touchdown to defeat Miami 47-45 in the Orange Bowl.

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Photo by AP/Shutterstock.

November 24

1971 — A hijacker going by the name D.B. Cooper parachutes from commercial airline into a thunderstorm with over $200,000 in ransom money.

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Photo by Uncredited/AP/Shutterstock.

November 25

1963 — President John F. Kennedy laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery.

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Photo by AP/Shutterstock.

November 26

1942 — The Hollywood classic Casablanca starring Humphrey Bogart debuts.

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Photo by Moviestore/Shutterstock.

November 27

1978 — San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk assassinated.

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Photo by Uncredited/AP/Shutterstock.

November 28

1994 — Notorious serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer murdered in prison.

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Photo by ALLAN Y. SCOTT/AP/Shutterstock.

November 29

1981 — Actor Natalie Wood drowns off the coast of Catalina Island in California.

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Photo by Anonymous/AP/Shutterstock.

November 30

1982 — Thriller by Michael Jackson is released.

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Photo by Optimus Prods./Kobal/Shutterstock.