November Almanac

The ninth month of the year,
until the Romans moved New Year's from March to January.

November 5 - Ella T. Grasso was elected governor of Connecticut in 1974.

November 7 - Patriot Giuseppe Garibaldi turns Southern Italy over to King Victor Emanuel in 1860 with a handshake after having liberated it from the Spanish Bourbons. The following year, Garibaldi was offered a commission as general in the Union Army by President Lincoln.

November 10 - In 1494, the first book of accounting was published by Fra Luca Pacioli. It explained to the world the Italian method of double-entry bookkeeping, a mainstay of today's capitalist society.

November 15 - In the year 1512, Michelangelo's ceiling painting in the Sistine Chapel was first seen by the general public.

November 19 - In 1941, the Italian Army's crack Ariete Division fought a gallant defense against overwhelming British & Empire forces at El Gobi in the Western Desert. Their stand allowed Rommel's Afrika Corps to safely retreat.

November 21 - The Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge was dedicated in 1964. The longest suspension bridge in the world was named after the Italian explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano who first sailed into New York Harbor in 1524 for the French.

November 25 - Joltin' Joe diMaggio, baseball great, was born in 1914 in Martinez, California.

November 27 - Italian physicist Giovanni Giorgi was born in 1871. He developed the Giorgi International System of Measurement (also known as "mksa"). He contributed greatly to hydroelectric technology, urban trolly development and electrical distribution networks.

November 29 - Composer Giacomo Puccini, (Madama Butterfly) died in 1924 before completing Turandot.

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