On This Day

What Happened in November 1731

Historical Events

Historic Event

Nov 8 In Philadelphia, Benjamin Franklin opens 1st library in the north American colonies, the Library Company of Philadelphia

  • Nov 30 Beijing hit by an earthquake; about 100,000 die

Famous Birthdays

  • Nov 1 Theodore-Jean Tarade, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1788)

Benjamin Banneker

Nov 9 Benjamin Banneker, African American mathematician and surveyor of Washington, D.C., born in Ellicott's Mills, Maryland (d. 1806

  • Nov 11 Carl Joseph Toeschi, German composer, born in Ludwigsburg, Baden-W├╝rttemberg, Germany (d. 1788)
  • Nov 26 William Cowper, English pre-romantic poet (His Task), born in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England (d. 1800)
  • Nov 27 Gaetano Pugnani, Italian violinist and composer, born in Turin, Italy (d. 1798)

Famous Deaths

  • Nov 2 Johann Matthias Leffloth, composer, dies at 26