CBI - China: Day 51 of 154 of the Japanese Invasion of Manchuria.
1936 — , November 7
Spain: Day 114 of 985 of the Spanish Civil War.
CBI - China: Day 19 of 29 of the 1st Battle of Suiyuan.
1937 — , November 7
Spain: Day 479 of 985 of the Spanish Civil War.
CBI - China: Day 124 of 2,987 of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.
Day 87 of 106 of the 2nd Battle of Shanghai.
Day 68 of 70 of the Battle of Taiyuan.
1938 — , November 7
Paris: Herschel Grynszpan, 17 year old son of a family of deported Polish Jews, shoots and mortally wounds diplomat Ernst vom Rath at the German embassy. Immediately after his death two days later, the anti-Semitic violence of Kristallnacht will be launched throughout Germany.
07 Nov 38: Herschel Grynszpan in custody of French police after shooting German embassy official Ernst vom Rath in Paris.
A few days earlier, German authorities had expelled thousands of Jews of Polish citizenship living in Germany from the Reich. Grynszpan had received news that his parents, residents in Germany since 1911, were among them.
Already living illegally in Paris himself, a desperate Grynszpan apparently sought revenge for his family's precarious circumstances by appearing at the German embassy and shooting the diplomatic official assigned to assist him. Vom Rath died on November 9, 1938, two days after the shooting.
Grynszpan was sent to a concentration camp, never to be seen again.
CBI - China: Day 489 of 2,987 of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.
Day 27 of 81 of Japan's Operation GUANGDONG.
1939 — , November 7
ETO: The Belgium and Dutch Monarchs offer to act as peace negotiators. Hitler rejects the proposal, as do both Britain and France.
CBI - China: Day 854 of 2,987 of the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.
1940 — , November 7
USA: The swaying deck of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, nicknamed "Galloping Gertie," collapses into the Puget Sound in one of history's worst engineering disasters.
The original Tacoma Narrows Bridge opened on 01 Jul 40, connecting the Washington state Olympic peninsula to the industrial mainland. It was the third longest suspension bridge in the world at the time and had an incredible width-to-length ratio and exceptional flexibility.
It received its nickname "Galloping Gertie" because of the vertical movement of the deck observed by construction workers during windy conditions. The bridge became famous for its pitching deck. For months people came from near and far to drive across it, marveling as the car ahead would dip in and out of view.
When the bridge collapsed into Puget Sound the morning of 07 Nov 40, under high wind conditions that had sent her into an increasing self-propelled rhythmic swaying, it was one of the worst disasters in engineering history, but the lessons learned from it would influence future bridge design worldwide.
As design issues were being resolved, the United States' involvement in World War II postponed plans to replace the bridge for several years. The new bridge was finally opened on 14 Oct 50, and was nicknamed "Sturdy Gertie."
YouTube embedded documentary of Galloping Gertie (10:00 min)