November 14

1851

Herman Melville's novel Moby Dick was published.

1889

Nellie Bly set out to beat Jules Verne's fictional Phileas Fogg's time of 80 days to travel around the world. She did it in 72.

1922

The British Broadcasting Corporation began its domestic radio service.

1969

Apollo 12, the second manned lunar expedition, was launched.

1995

The U.S. federal government began a partial shut down of government services after the U.S. Congress could not pass a budget.

2002

Nancy Pelosi of California became the first woman to lead a party in Congress.

2003

The most distant object ever found in our solar system, named Sedna, was discovered by astronomers at the Mount Palomar Observatory.

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