It's Saturday, November 5, 2005 at 6:00 p.m. but it's okay to get there a little early. In fact, you'll want to shoot for early, to allow for getting lost while trying to find Walnut Grove. We tried to get a Goodyear blimp to be stationed over the Mansion, but the NFL has a lock on those things every fall weekend for the next ten years. Currently we're negotiating for a humungous floating Ronald McDonald. Of course, there's no way to get there "as the crow flies" unless you're coming by aircraft, but a visual landmark still might help.



  • Peter the Great becomes Emperor of Russia (Nov. 2, 1721)
  • First Opium War between China and Britain begins. (Nov. 3, 1839)
  • Clarence Birdseye marketed frozen peas (Nov. 3, 1952)
  • Abraham Lincoln married Mary Todd (Nov. 4, 1842)
  • Abraham Lincoln elected President of the United States (Nov. 6, 1860)
  • Cartoonist Thomas Nast depicts Republican party as an elephant in a cartoon in Harper’s Weekly. (Nov. 7, 1874)
  • Montana became the 41st State (Nov. 8, 1889)
  • President Franklin D. Roosevelt forms the Civil Works Administration to help create jobs for millions of workers unemployed during the Great Depression. (Nov. 8, 1933)
  • Giant Pandas are discovered in China (Nov. 9, 1927)
  • Direct dial telephone service is first available coast to coast. (Nov. 10, 1951)
  • Sesame Street premiered on PBS television (Nov. 10, 1969)
  • The Edmund Fitzgerald and it’s entire crew is lost during a storm on Lake Superior. (Nov. 10, 1975)
  • Forty one Pilgrims aboard the Mayflower sign a compact calling for a “body Politick” just off the Massachusetts coast. (Nov. 11, 1620)
  • The space shuttle Columbia was launched for the 2and time. This was the first time a space vehicle was used more than once. (Nov. 12, 1981)
  • The Holland Tunnel under the Hudson River opens to the public, connecting New York City and New Jersey. (Nov. 13, 1927)
  • The minimum draft age was lowered from 21 to 18 (Nov. 13, 1942)
  • The first streetcar went into operation (Nov. 14, 1832)
  • Yale University goes Co-ed. (Nov. 14, 1968)
  • The Continental Congress approves the Articles of Confederation. (Nov. 15, 1777)
  • Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address. (Nov. 19, 1863)
  • Ford quit making the unpopular Edsel (Nov. 20, 1959)
  • President John F. Kennedy, the youngest person to become a U.S. president, is assassinated in Dallas ,Texas as his motorcade travelled through the city. (Nov. 22, 1963)
  • A patent is issued for the horseshoe manufacturing machine. (Nov. 23, 1835)
  • Charles Darwin publishes his theory on evolution “On the Origin of the Species”, sparking great controversy. (Nov. 24, 1859)
  • The first lion was exhibited in America (Nov. 26, 1716)
  • The “Grande Ole Opry “debuts on radio. (Nov. 28, 1925)
  • The United Stated and Great Britain sign a peace treaty in Paris, formally ending the Revolutionary War. (Nov. 30, 1782)

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