1 November 1861
On this date in 1861 – Confederate General John B. Floyd’s troops attacked federals under Rosecrans at Gauley Bridge, Virginia.
- 1770 – Spanish troops and Opata Indians on an expedition to punish Apaches on the Pecos River in Texas reached their target village only to find it evacuated ahead of their approach.
- 1834 – Poker was first mentioned in print as a Mississippi riverboat game.
- 1859 – The current Cape Lookout, North Carolina, lighthouse was lit for the first time.
- 1951 – The first atomic test explosion was witnessed by troops who were unwitting test subjects in New Mexico.
- 1979 – The tanker Burmah Agate spilled 10.7 million gallons of oil off Galveston Bay, Texas, in the worst U.S. oil spill to date.
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