On This Day

What Happened in November 1720

Historical Events

  • Nov 9 Rabbi Yehuda Hasid synagogue set afire

Pirate Attack

Nov 15 Pirates Anne Bonny, Mary Read, and John Rackham are captured by Capt. Jonathan Barnet and brought to Spanish Town, Jamaica, for trial

Historic Event

Nov 28 Anne Bonny and Mary Read are tried, found guilty of pirating, and sentenced to death in Spanish Town, Jamaica, although their discovered pregnancies win them stays of execution


Famous Birthdays

  • Nov 1 Toussaint-Guillaume Picquet de la Motte, French admiral, born in Rennes, France (d. 1791)
  • Nov 16 Charles-Antoine Campion, Italian composer, born in LunĂ©ville, Lorraine, France (d. 1788)

Famous Deaths

  • Nov 12 Peter Tordenskjold, Norwegian naval hero, dies at 30

ExecutionCalico Jack

Nov 17 Calico Jack [John Rackham], English pirate captain who operated in the Bahamas and Cuba, executed for piracy by hanging in Port Royal at 37

  • Nov 27 Willem van Outhoorn, Dutch governor-general (Dutch East Indies), dies at 85