November 18, 1978
More than 900 followers, including 304 minors, of Rev. Jim Jones commit suicide by drinking a cyanide-laced grape drink. Just hours before, Jones had ordered the killing of U.S. Representative Leo Ryan of California, three journalists, and a temple defector. Ryan was there to investigate reports of abuse within the cult.
Third and Fourth Men to Walk on the Moon
November 19, 1969
U.S. astronauts Pete Conrad and Alan Bean become the third and fourth men to walk on the Moon. Upon stepping on the Moon’s surface, Conrad commented, “Whoopee! Man, that may have been a small one for Neil, but that’s a long one for me.”
Nuremberg Trials Begin
November 20, 1945
Prosecution begins against 24 former Nazi leaders for war crimes; 12 of which were sentenced to death.