• On Nov. 21, 1927, Time magazine puts the Holland Tunnel on its cover. The tunnel, which runs under the Hudson River between New York City and Jersey City, N.J., had opened to traffic the week before, at the stroke of midnight on Nov. 13. The toll was 50 cents per car in both directions.
• On Nov. 16, 1945, the United States ships 88 German scientists to America to assist the nation in its production of rocket technology. Most of these “volunteers” had served under the Nazi regime. The voluntary nature of the scheme was somewhat undercut by the admission that the scientists were in “protective custody.”
• On Nov. 20, 1955, Bo Diddley introduced himself and his namesake beat to the world with his television debut on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” Sullivan was so furious with Diddley for not opening with Tennessee Ernie Ford’s “Sixteen Tons” that Sullivan banned him from future appearances on his show.
• On Nov. 15, 1965, at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, 28-year-old Californian Craig Breedlove sets a new land-speed record — 600.601 mph. His car, the Spirit of America, cost $250,000 and was powered by a surplus engine from a Navy jet.
• On Nov. 17, 1973, in the midst of the Watergate scandal that eventually ended his presidency, President Richard Nixon tells a group of newspaper editors that he is “not a crook.” After a relentless federal investigation, Nixon resigned in August 1974.
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