The Battle of Tippecanoe was fought on November 7, 1811, between U.S. forces led by GovernorWilliam Henry Harrison and warriors of a Native Americanconfederation led by Shawnee brothers Tenskwatawa(pictured) and Tecumseh. While Tecumseh was away recruiting allies, Harrison marched with about 1,000 men to disperse the confederation's headquarters at Prophetstown, near the confluence of the Tippecanoe and Wabash Rivers in what is now the U.S. state of Indiana. The outnumbered warriors from Prophetstown launched a surprise attack, but Harrison's army prevailed. Public opinion in the United States blamed the conflict on British interference, a suspicion that served as a catalyst to the War of 1812. When the U.S. declared war on Great Britain in June 1812, Tecumseh's confederacy, now allied with the British, initiated its own war against the United States. (more...)
Games for the Nintendo 64 video game console were released over time in plastic ROM cartridges. Two small indents on the back of the cartridges allow them to connect or pass through the system's cartridge dustcover flaps. Of the console's 387 official releases, 84 were exclusive to Japan, 47 to North America, and 4 to Europe. The Nintendo 64 was first launched in Japan on June 23, 1996 with Super Mario 64, Pilotwings 64, and Saikyo Habu Shogi; in North America with Super Mario 64 and Pilotwings 64; and in Europe with Super Mario 64, Pilotwings 64, Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire and Turok: Dinosaur Hunter. The last game to be published for the system was the North American-exclusive Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 on August 20, 2002. Despite the higher cost of producing cartridges and continued criticism over releasing a cartridge-based system, the total sales of the Nintendo 64 software outsold the total amount of Nintendo GameCube software. (more...)
The transit of Mercury across the face of the Sun that took place in November 2006. Mercury appears as a black speck in the Sun's lower center-right region; the black areas on the left and right edges are sunspots. The transit was first recorded by French astronomer Pierre Gassendi on November 7, 1631. Transits of Mercury take place in May or November, at intervals of 7, 13, or 33 years, with the next one predicted to appear in May 2016.