Right Now in This Day in History Class

First U.S. patent for whole-body X-ray scanner - November 25, 1975

On this day in 1975, Robert S. Ledley was awarded the first U.S. patent for a whole-body X-ray scanner. 

Last Year's Lesson: D.B. Cooper Disappeared with Ransom Money - Nov. 24, 1971

A man known as D.B. Cooper parachuted out of an airplane and was never seen again on this day in 1971. You can learn more in the October 3, 2011 episode of Stuff You Missed in History Class.

Bessie Blount born - November 24, 1914

On this day in 1914, physical therapist and inventor Bessie Blount was born. 

Last Year's Lesson: St. John Slave Insurrection - Nov. 23, 1733

The St. John Slave Insurrection began on this day in 1733.

José Clemente Orozco born - November 23, 1883

On this day in 1883, Mexican painter José Clemente Orozco was born. 

Blackbeard Killed - Nov. 22, 1718

Blackbeard was killed on this day in 1718. There's more to the story in the May 5, 2014 episode of Stuff You Missed in History Class.

Cutty Sark launched - November 22, 1869

Cutty Sark, one of the last tea clippers built, was launched from Dumbarton on this day in 1869.

Last Year's Lesson: Mayflower Compact - Nov. 21, 1620

The Mayflower Compact was signed on this day in 1620.

Piltdown Man hoax exposed in press - November 21, 1953

On this day in 1953, the Piltdown Man, supposedly the remains of a missing evolutionary link between apes and humans, was revealed to be a hoax in the press. 

Last Year's Lesson: A Whale Sank the Essex - Nov. 20, 1820

A whale sank the Essex on this day in 1820. There's more in the Sep. 27, 2010 episode of Stuff You Missed in History Class.

Zumbi executed - November 20, 1695

On this day in 1695, Afro-Brazilian anti-resistance leader Zumbi was executed by the Portuguese. 

Indira Gandhi Born - Nov. 19, 1917

Indira Gandhi was born on this day in 1917.

Pelé scored 1000th goal - November 19, 1969

On this day in 1969, Brazilian soccer player Pelé scored his thousandth goal - though some have disputed the accuracy of this claim. 

Last Year's Lesson: "Steamboat Willie" Released - Nov. 18, 1928

"Steamboat Willie" was released on this day in 1928.

Standard Railway Time launched in U.S. and Canada - November 18, 1883

At noon on this day in 1883, railroads launched a system of standardized time zones in the U.S. and Canada. 

Last Year's Lesson: H.H. Holmes Arrested - Nov. 17, 1894

H.H. Holmes was arrested on this day in 1894.

Molly Spotted Elk born - November 17, 1903

On this day, Penobscot dancer, writer, and actress Molly Spotted Elk was born.

Last Year's Lesson: Battle of Cajamarca - Nov. 16, 1532

The Battle of Cajamarca, also called the Massacre of Cajamarca, took place on this day in 1532.

LSD first synthesized - November 16, 1938

On this day in 1938, Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann synthesized LSD.  

Last Year's Lesson: Sherman's March to the Sea - Nov. 15, 1864

Sherman's March to the Sea began on this day in 1864.