On This Day

What Happened in November 1620

Historical Events

  • Nov 3 Great Patent granted to Plymouth Colony
  • Nov 8 Battle of White Mountain, Prague - 1st major victory of the Catholic Habsburgs over the Protestant Alliance in The Thirty Years' War
  • Nov 9 After a month of delays off the English coast and about two months at sea, the Mayflower spots land (Cape Cod)
  • Nov 11 Mayflower Pilgrims make their first landing in America, at Provincetown Harbor, Massachusetts [1]
  • Nov 11 Mayflower Compact signed by Pilgrims at Cape Cod, the 1st framework of government in the territory that is now the USA [N.S. Nov 21]

Historic Expedition

Nov 15 Myles Standish leads 16 men in a foot exploration of the northern portion of Cape Cod

  • Nov 19 The Mayflower reaches Cape Cod and explores the coast

Famous Birthdays

  • Nov 10 Anne "Ninon" de l'Enclos, French patron of the arts, courtesan and writer, born in Paris, France (d. 1705)
  • Nov 20 Peregrine White, First English child born in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, born aboard the Mayflower (d. 1704)

Famous Deaths

  • Nov 7 Hetman Stanisław Żólkiewski polish commander in the Battle of Ţuţora (1620) (b. 1547)
  • Nov 9 Louise de Coligny, 4th wife of Willem of Orange, dies at 65
  • Nov 13 Louise de Coligny, French 4th wife of Willem of Orange, dies at 65