Today in history: Nov. 14
In 1851, Herman Melville's novel "Moby Dick" was first published in the United States.
In 1881, Charles J. Guiteau went on trial for assassinating President Garfield. Guiteau was convicted and hanged the following year.
In 1889, inspired by Jules Verne, New York World reporter Nellie Bly (Elizabeth Cochrane) set out to travel around the world in fewer than 80 days. She succeeded, making the trip in 72 days.
In 1922, the British Broadcasting Corporation began its domestic radio service.
In 1935, President Roosevelt proclaimed the Philippine Islands a free commonwealth.
In 1940, during World War II, German planes destroyed most of the English town of Coventry.
In 1943, an American torpedo was mistakenly fired at the U.S. battleship Iowa, which was carrying President Roosevelt and his joint chiefs to the Tehran conference; the torpedo exploded harmlessly in the Iowa's wake.