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On This Day in History, November 14

What Happened On This Day – November 14

  • 2010 Sebastian Vettel wins the Formula One World Drivers' Champion

    At 23 years old, the German competitive race driver became the youngest person to win the World Championship in Formula One.

  • 1971 First spacecraft to orbit a planet

    NASA's Mariner 9 entered Mars' orbit after 167 days in space. Despite it being in Mars' orbit within 15 minutes, a dust storm on the planet made it impossible for Mariner 9 to take pictures of Mars until January.

  • 1969 Apollo 12 launched

    The crew of the NASA's second manned mission to the Moon included Commander Charles Conrad, Jr. Richard F. Gordon, Jr. and Alan L. Bean. It landed on the Moon on November 19 and was the first spacecraft to take a color TV camera to the Moon.

  • 1889 Nelie Bly sets out to go around the world in 80 days

    The American journalist, whose real name was Elizabeth Cochrane Seaman, followed the footsteps of fictional character Phileas Fogg from Jules Verne's Around the World in 80 Days. She started her adventure in Hoboken and came back 72 days later.

  • 1851 Moby Dick Makes its Debut in the United States

    The epic novel by Herman Melville about Captain Ahab's quest to find and kill Moby Dick, a white whale had released in the UK in October under the name The Whale. Considered to be one of the best fictional works written in recent history, the book did not sell many copies after its launch or during Melville's lifetime.

Births On This Day – November 14

  • 1971 Adam Gilchrist

    Australian cricketer

  • 1954 Condoleezza Rice

    American diplomat, 66th United States Secretary of State

  • 1948 Charles, Prince of Wales

  • 1917 Park Chung-hee

    Korean general, politician, 3rd President of South Korea

  • 1898 Benjamin Fondane

    Romanian/French poet, critic, philosopher

Deaths On This Day – November 14

  • 1988 Haywood S. Hansell

    American general officer

  • 1921 Isabel, Princess Imperial of Brazil

  • 1915 Booker T. Washington

    American author, educator

  • 1831 Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

    German philosopher

  • 565 Justinian I

    Byzantine emperor

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