On This Day

What Happened in November 1797

Famous Birthdays

  • Nov 4 Aleksander Bestuzhev-Marlinsky, Russian author, born in St. Petersburg, Russian Empire (d. 1837)
  • Nov 7 Silas H. Stringham, Rear Admiral (Union Navy), born in Middletown, New York (d. 1876)

Person of interestCharles Lyell

Nov 14 Charles Lyell, Scottish geologist (Principles of Geology), born in Kinnordy, Angus, Scotland (d. 1875)

Geologist Charles Lyell
Geologist
Charles Lyell

Person of interestSojourner Truth

Nov 18 Sojourner Truth [Isabella Baumfree], African-American abolitionist and feminist, born in Swartekill, New York (d. 1883) [birth date is approximate]

Abolitionist and Women's Rights Advocate Sojourner Truth
Abolitionist and Women's Rights Advocate
Sojourner Truth
  • Nov 23 Gabor Matray, composer
  • Nov 29 Domenico Gaetano Maria Donizetti, composer

Famous Deaths

  • Nov 14 Ivan Shuvalov, 1st Russian Minister of Education and founder of the Moscow University, dies at 70
  • Nov 16 King Frederick William II of Prussia (b. 1744) Reigns 1786-97
  • Nov 18 Jacques-Alexandre Laffon de Ladebat, French shipbuilder and merchant (b. 1719)
  • Nov 29 Samuel Langdon, American President of Harvard University (b. 1723)