What Happened in November 1839

Historical Events

  • Nov 3 First Opium War - 2 British frigates engage several Chinese junks
  • Nov 3 Palace of Gulhane Turkey, freedom of religion proclaimed
  • Nov 4 The Newport Rising is the last large-scale armed rebellion against authority in mainland Britain
  • Nov 11 The Virginia Military Institute is founded in Lexington, Virginia.
  • Nov 13 1st US anti-slavery party, Liberty Party, convenes in NY

Music Premiere

Nov 17 Giuseppe Verdi's opera "Oberte Conti Di" premieres in Milan

  • Nov 25 Cyclone slams south eastern India with high winds and a 40 foot storm surge, destroying city of Coringa. Storm waves sweep inland, destroying 20,000 ships and killing an estimated 300,000 people.
  • Nov 27 American Statistical Association organizes in Boston

Famous Birthdays

  • Nov 7 Henry Holmes, English violinist and composer, born in London (d. 1905)
  • Nov 16 Louis-Honoré Fréchette, Canadian poet, born in Lévis, Canada (d. 1908)
  • Nov 18 August Kundt, German physicist (sound vibration, test of Kundt), born in Schwerin, Mecklenburg, Germany (d. 1894)
  • Nov 20 Christian Wilberg, German painter, born in Havelberg, Germany (d. 1882)
  • Nov 25 Stanisław Duniecki, Polish composer, born in Lviv, Ukraine (d. 1870)
  • Nov 29 Ludwig Anzengruber, Austrian playwright (Der Schandfleck), born in Vienna (d. 1889)

Famous Deaths

  • Nov 6 Hayim Rapoport, Rabbi of Ostrowiec and author (Maxim Chayyim), dies