November 2 events in history

619 A qaghan of the Western Turkic Khaganate is assassinated in a Chinese palace by Eastern Turkic rivals after the approval of Tang emperor Gaozu
1410 The Peace of Bicêtre suspends hostilities in the Armagnac–Burgundian Civil War
1675 Plymouth Colony governor Josiah Winslow leads a colonial militia against the Narragansett during King Philip's War
1795 The French Directory, a five-man revolutionary government, is created
1868 Time zone: New Zealand officially adopts a standard time to be observed nationally
1882 Oulu, Finland is devastated by the Great Oulu Fire of 1882
1889 North and South Dakota are admitted as the 39th and 40th U.S. states
1895 The first gasoline-powered race in the United States; first prize is $2,000
1898 Cheerleading is started at the University of Minnesota with Johnny Campbell leading the crowd in cheering on the football team
1899 The Boers begin their 118 day siege of British-held Ladysmith during the Second Boer War
1909 Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity is founded at Boston University
1914 World War I: The Russian Empire declares war on the Ottoman Empire and the Dardanelles are subsequently closed
1917 The Balfour Declaration proclaims British support for the "establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people" with the clear understanding "that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities"
1917 The Military Revolutionary Committee of the Petrograd Soviet, in charge of preparation and carrying out the Russian Revolution, holds its first meeting
1920 In the United States, KDKA of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania starts broadcasting as the first commercial radio station. The first broadcast is the result of the United States presidential election, 1920
1920 Adam Martin Wyant became the first former professional American football player to be elected to the United States Congress
1930 Haile Selassie is crowned emperor of Ethiopia
1936 The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation is established
1936 Italian dictator Benito Mussolini proclaims the Rome-Berlin Axis, establishing the alliance of the Axis powers
1936 The British Broadcasting Corporation initiates the BBC Television Service, the world's first regular, "high-definition" (then defined as at least 200 lines) service. Renamed BBC1 in 1964, the channel still runs to this day
1940 World War II: First day of Battle of Elaia–Kalamas between the Greeks and the Italians
1947 In California, designer Howard Hughes performs the maiden (and only) flight of the Spruce Goose or H-4 The Hercules; the largest fixed-wing aircraft ever built
1949 The Dutch–Indonesian Round Table Conference ends with the Netherlands agreeing to transfer sovereignty of the Dutch East Indies to the United States of Indonesia
1951 Korean War: A small platoon of 28 Canadian soldiers defend a vital area against an entire battalion of 800 Chinese troops in the Battle of the Song-gok Spur. The engagement lasts into the early hours of November 3
1953 The Constituent Assembly of Pakistan names the country The Islamic Republic of Pakistan
1957 The Levelland UFO Case in Levelland, Texas, generates national publicity
1959 Quiz show scandals: Twenty One game show contestant Charles Van Doren admits to a Congressional committee that he had been given questions and answers in advance
1959 The first section of the M1 motorway, the first inter-urban motorway in the United Kingdom, is opened between the present junctions 5 and 18, along with the M10 motorway and M45 motorway
1960 Penguin Books is found not guilty of obscenity in the trial R v Penguin Books Ltd., the Lady Chatterley's Lover case
1963 South Vietnamese President Ngô Đình Diệm is assassinated following a military coup
1964 King Saud of Saudi Arabia is deposed by a family coup, and replaced by his half-brother Faisal
1965 Norman Morrison, a 31-year-old Quaker, sets himself on fire in front of the river entrance to the Pentagon to protest the use of napalm in the Vietnam war
1966 The Cuban Adjustment Act comes into force, allowing 123,000 Cubans the opportunity to apply for permanent residence in the United States
1967 Vietnam War: US President Lyndon B. Johnson and "The Wise Men" conclude that the American people should be given more optimistic reports on the progress of the war
1973 The Communist Party of India (Marxist) and the Communist Party of India form a 'United Front' in the state of Tripura
1974 78 die when the Time Go-Go Club in Seoul, South Korea burns down. Six of the victims jumped to their deaths from the seventh floor after a club official barred the doors after the fire started
1977 South Ockendon Windmill, a smock mill at South Ockendon, Essex, England collapsed
1982 Channel 4 is launched in the United Kingdom
1983 U.S. President Ronald Reagan signs a bill creating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
1984 Capital punishment: Velma Barfield becomes the first woman executed in the United States since 1962
1988 The Morris worm, the first Internet-distributed computer worm to gain significant mainstream media attention, is launched from MIT
1990 British Satellite Broadcasting and Sky Television plc merge to form BSkyB as a result of massive losses
2000 The first resident crew to the ISS docked with their Soyuz TM-31 spacecraft
2007 50,000–100,000 people demonstrate against the Georgian government in Tbilisi
2014 A suicide attack killed 60 at Wagah