This Month in History | November: Pop Culture
November 1, 1997
James Cameron’s Titanic gets its first public screening.
The screening was hosted at the Tokyo International Film Festival, and the film itself went on to become one of the highest grossing of all time.
November 10, 1969
Sesame Street debuts on the National Educational Television network.
The show has been continually broadcast since its inception, and it is watched by almost half of all American preschool-age children.
November 12, 2018
American comic book writer Stan Lee dies at age 95.
In a career that spanned almost 80 years, Lee helped create hundreds of characters and teams, including the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, the Avengers, and the X-Men.
November 20, 1820
An American whaling ship is rammed by a sperm whale and sunk.
The grim fate of the Essex, which included an eventual turn to cannibalism, was shared by rescued crewmen and inspired Herman Melville’s Moby Dick.
November 23, 1963
The first episode of Doctor Who airs on the BBC.
The show’s original run lasted 26 years, from 1963 to 1989, and it was resumed to much acclaim in 2005.