Nov. 25, 1839: Over 300,000 people die when a cyclone and a 40-foot storm surge overrun the city of Coringa, India. Fifty years earlier, another cyclone had leveled Coringa. The city never fully recovers.
Nov. 16, 1942: Construction begins on a makeshift lab beneath the grandstand at the University of Chicago football field. Enrico Fermi (at right) leads his team to the first successful nuclear chain reaction on Dec. 2.