On This Day

What Happened in November 1819

Historical Events

  • Nov 4 Māori Chiefs Hongi Hika and Rewa sell 13,000 acres (5260 hectares) at Kerikeri to the Church Missionary Society for 48 felling axes, New Zealand

Famous Birthdays

  • Nov 5 Josef Rudolf Zavrtal, Czech composer, born in Polepy, Czech Republic (d. 1893)
  • Nov 10 Cyrus West Field, American financier noted for success of 1st transatlantic cable, born in Stockbridge, Massachusetts (d. 1892)

Person of interestGeorge Eliot

Nov 22 George Eliot [Mary Anne Evans], English author (Middlemarch, Silas Marner), born in Nuneaton, Warwickshire (d. 1880)

Writer George Eliot
Writer
George Eliot
  • Nov 23 Benjamin Mayberry Prentiss, American politician and Major General (Union Army), born in Belleville, Virginia (d. 1901)
  • Nov 23 Josiah Dwight Whitney, Northampton Massachusetts, American Geologist who led the California Geological Survey (Mount Whitney and Whitney Glacier are named for him)

Famous Deaths

  • Nov 5 Dirk van den Boetzelaer, Regent of Holland, dies at 55
  • Nov 15 Daniel Rutherford, Scottish chemist and physician (isolation of nitrogen in 1772), dies at 70