5 Things that Happened in November

The Capitol was still under construction when Congress first met here in 1800.

1. King Tut’s tomb was discovered.

On November 4, 1922, King Tut’s tomb was discovered at Luxor, Egypt, by British archaeologist Howard Carter. The child-King Tutankhamen became pharaoh at age nine and died around 1352 B.C. at age 19. The tomb was found mostly intact, containing numerous priceless items now exhibited in Egypt’s National Museum in Cairo.

2. Kristallnacht terrorized Jews.

Kristallnacht (the night of broken glass) occurred in Germany on Nov. 9-10, 1938, as Nazi mobs burned synagogues and vandalized Jewish shops and homes.

3. Stanley found Livingstone.

On November 10, 1871, explorer Henry M. Stanley found missionary David Livingstone at Ujiji, Africa. Livingstone had been missing for two years. Upon locating him, he simply asked, “Dr. Livingstone, I presume?”

4. The Holland Tunnel opened.

The Holland Tunnel was opened to traffic on Nov. 13, 1927. The tunnel runs under the Hudson River between New York City and Jersey City and was the first underwater tunnel built in the U.S.

5. Congress met in Washington.

On November 17, 1800, the U.S. Congress met for the first time in the new capital at Washington, D.C. President John Adams became the first occupant of the Executive Mansion, later renamed the White House.

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