On This Day

What Happened in November 1778

Historical Events

  • Nov 11 British Soldiers and Loyalists, allied with Iroquois and Seneca raiders, slaughter 40 in the "Cherry Valley Massacre" in central New York

Historic Event

Nov 26 British explorer Captain James Cook is the first European to visit Maui in the Sandwich Islands (now Hawaii)

Famous Birthdays

  • Nov 1 Gustav IV Adolf, King of Sweden (1792-1809), born in Stockholm Palace, Sweden (d. 1837)
  • Nov 14 Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Austrian piano virtuoso and composer, born in Pressburg, Kingdom of Hungary (now Bratislava, Slovakia) (d. 1837)
  • Nov 25 Mary Anne Schimmelpenninck, British Christian writer, born in Birmingham (d. 1856)
  • Nov 27 John Murray II, Scottish publisher (publisher Lord Byron) (d. 1843)

Famous Deaths

  • Nov 9 Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Italian etcher, dies at 58
  • Nov 20 Francesco Cetti, Italian Jesuit priest and scientist, dies at 52
  • Nov 26 Jean-Noel Hamal, composer, dies at 68