What Happened in November 1755

Historical Events

  • Nov 1 Lisbon earthquake kills more than 50,000 in Portugal
  • Nov 14 Henry Fox appointed British 'Secretary of State for the Southern Department'
  • Nov 18 Worst quake in Massachusetts Bay area strikes Boston; no deaths reported
  • Nov 25 King Ferdinand IV of Spain granted the Beaterio dela Compania de Jesus or now known as the Congregation of the Religious of the Virgin Mary(RVM) a royal protection.

Famous Birthdays

Marie Antoinette

Nov 2 Marie Antoinette, Queen of France (1774-92) who allegedly uttered the phrase "let them eat cake", born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1793)

  • Nov 12 Gerhard von Scharnhorst, Prussia military official, minister of War (1807-10)
  • Nov 15 Jan Blanken, Dutch hydraulic engineer, born in Bergambacht, Netherlands (d. 1838)


Nov 17 Louis XVIII, 1st post-revolutionary King of France (1814-24), born in Versailles, France (d. 1824)

  • Nov 23 Thomas Lord, English cricket batsman (founder of Lord's cricket ground; Middlesex CCC), born in Thirsk, England (d. 1832)

Famous Deaths

  • Nov 11 Johan van de Bergh, Leids regent, dies at 91
  • Nov 25 Johann Georg Pisendel, German violist/composer, dies at 76