On This Day

What Happened in November 1809

Historical Events

  • Nov 22 Peregrine Williamson of Baltimore patents a steel pen
  • Nov 27 Berners Street hoax: Theodore Hook bets he can make any address the most talked-about in London, proceeds to win by bringing London to a standstill

Famous Birthdays

  • Nov 4 Benjamin Robbins Curtis, American attorney and Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, born in Watertown, Massachusetts (d. 1874)
  • Nov 9 Albert Taylor Bledsoe, American Episcopal priest and Confederate Army officer, born in Frankfurt, Kentucky (d. 1877)
  • Nov 13 John A. Dahlgren, US Navy officer and inventor (Civil war Dahlgren-cannon), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1870)
  • Nov 22 Benedict Augustin Morel, Austrian-French psychologist (dementia praecox), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1873)
  • Nov 23 Horatio Phillips Van Cleve, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Princeton, New Jersey (d. 1891)
  • Nov 26 MariĆ  Obiols, Catalan composer, born in Barcelona (d. 1888)
  • Nov 27 Frances Anne "Fanny" Kemble, British Shakespearian actress (Juliet) and author, born in London, England (d. 1893)
  • Nov 30 Thomas Molleson Mudie, English composer, born in London (d. 1876)

Famous Deaths

  • Nov 9 Paul Sandby, English cartographer (b. 1725)
  • Nov 12 Karel van Poucke, Flemish sculptor, dies at 69
  • Nov 26 Nicolas-Marie Dalayrac, French composer, dies at 56