On This Day

What Happened in November 1820

Historical Events

  • Nov 3 Cuenca (Santa Ana de los RĂ­os de Cuenca), Ecuador, declares independence

Election of Interest

Nov 7 James Monroe re-elected US president

  • Nov 18 Antarctica sighted by US Navy Captain Nathaniel B. Palmer
  • Nov 20 Whaling ship Essex attacked and sunk by a sperm whale in the southern Pacific, only eight of the 20 crew men eventually survive (through cannibalism). Inspiration for the novel "Moby-Dick"

Famous Birthdays

  • Nov 4 Robert Vinkler Richardson, American Brigadier-General (Confederate Army), born in Granville County, North Carolina (d. 1870)
  • Nov 9 Matthias de Vries, Dutch linguist (spelling), born in Haarlem, Netherlands (d. 1892)
  • Nov 23 John Willis Ellis, American politician, Governor of North Carolina during US Civil War, born in Rowan County, North Carolina (d. 1861)
  • Nov 23 Isaac Todhunter, British mathematician (d. 1884)

Friedrich Engels

Nov 28 Friedrich Engels, German social philosopher and revolutionary socialist who co-authored "The Communist Manifesto" with Karl Marx, born in Barmen, Kingdom of Prussia (d. 1895)

  • Nov 28 Lawrence O'Bryan Branch, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Enfield, North Carolina (d. 1862)