On This Day

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

Bulls Finally Spared 700 Years of CrueltyBulls Finally Spared 700 Years of Cruelty

Nov 13 Last bull run in Britain as the Stamford bull run ends after 700 years

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The bridge at Stamford from which bulls were heaved into the river
The bridge at Stamford from which bulls were heaved into the river
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Music releaseMusic Premiere

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

Composer Giuseppe Verdi
Giuseppe Verdi
  • 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)

Famous Deaths

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