This Month in History | November: Inventions
November 1, 1952
The U.S. tests the first hydrogen bomb in the Marshall Islands.
The bomb was developed by Edward Teller, Stanislaw M. Ulam, and other American scientists, and testing displaced inhabitants of the area for decades.
November 2, 1947
Howard Hughes pilots the Spruce Goose on its one and only flight.
The American aviator and filmmaker designed his eight-engine wooden flying boat, intended to carry 750 passengers, during World War II.
November 12, 1859
The first flying trapeze act is performed by Jules Léotard.
Léotard is the French acrobat credited with inventing the flying trapeze, and he also popularized a style of one-piece garment that was later named after him.
November 24, 1874
Joseph Glidden patents the first commercially successful barbed wire.
The American inventor’s creation was widely used to protect crops and water supplies from the uncontrolled movement of cattle.
November 27, 1895
The Nobel Prizes are established.
Alfred Bernhard Nobel, the Swedish chemist, engineer, and industrialist who invented dynamite and other powerful explosives, established the prizes in his will.