What Happened in November 1847

Historical Events

  • Nov 10 The passenger ship Stephen Whitney is wrecked in thick fog off the southern coast of Ireland, killing 92 of the 110 on board. The disaster results in the construction the Fastnet Rock lighthouse.
  • Nov 12 Sir James Young Simpson, a British physician, is the first to use chloroform as an anaesthetic.
  • Nov 21 Steamer "Phoenix" is lost on Lake Michigan, kills 200
  • Nov 25 Opera "Marta" is produced (Vienna)
  • Nov 26 Alfred de Mussets "Un Caprice" premieres in Paris
  • Nov 28 Bologna: church of San Francisco dei Minori Conventuali initiated with premier of Rossini's Tantum ergo
  • Nov 29 Indians kill Washington state pioneers Marcus & Narcissa Whitman, and 12 others in Walla Walla Ore

Famous Birthdays

  • Nov 1 Emma Albani, Canadian soprano (d. 1930)
  • Nov 2 George Sorel, French Socialist thinker/author (violent revolutions)

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Nov 8 Bram Stoker, Irish theater manager and author (Dracula), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1912)

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  • Nov 8 Jean Casimir-Perier, French politician (d. 1907)
  • Nov 16 Edmund James Flynn, Canadian politician (d. 1927)
  • Nov 26 Maria Fyodorovna, Princess of Denmark and Empress of Russia (d. 1928)
  • Nov 30 August Friedrich Martin Klughardt, composer

Famous Deaths

  • Nov 4 Jacob L Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, German pianist/composer, dies at 38