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.
1967 — Cool Hand Luke starring Paul Newman debuts.
1947 — Howard Hughes makes the only flight in the “Spruce Goose,” the largest fixed-wing aircraft ever built.
2016 — The Chicago Cubs win the World Series for the first time in 108 years.
2008 — Barack Obama becomes the first African-American elected President of the United States.
2017 — 26 people die in a mass shooting at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.
1987 — Less Than Zero starring Robert Downey Jr. debuts.
1991 — Basketball legend Magic Johnson announces he’s infected with the HIV virus and retires from the NBA.
1960 — John F. Kennedy becomes the youngest person elected President of the United States.
1985 — Gary Kasparov of the Soviet Union becomes the youngest World Chess Champion at 22.
1969 — Sesame Street debuts on PBS.
1918 — World War 1 ends when Germany signs an armistice with the allies.
2001 — American Airlines Flight 587 crashes in New York shortly after take off, killing 260.
1982 — Vietnam Veterans Memorial dedicated in Washington D.C.
1973 — Princess Anne marries Captain Mark Phillips at Westminster Abbey.
1956 — Elvis Presley makes first movie debut in Love Me Tender.
2001 — Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone debuts.
2003 — Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger becomes the 38th Governor of California.
1978 — Members of the People’s Temple commit mass suicide at the order of Rev. Jim Jones in Jonestown, Guyana.
1975 — One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, starring Jack Nicholson, debuts.
1945 — The Nuremberg Trials open with 24 top Nazi leaders facing charges.
1980 — Over 90 million people watch Dallas to learn who shot J.R.
1963 — President John F. Kennedy assassinated in Dallas.
1984 — Doug Flutie throws a last-second Hail Mary touchdown to defeat Miami 47-45 in the Orange Bowl.
1971 — A hijacker going by the name D.B. Cooper parachutes from commercial airline into a thunderstorm with over $200,000 in ransom money.
1963 — President John F. Kennedy laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery.
1942 — The Hollywood classic Casablanca starring Humphrey Bogart debuts.
1978 — San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk assassinated.
1994 — Notorious serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer murdered in prison.
1981 — Actor Natalie Wood drowns off the coast of Catalina Island in California.