On This Day

What Happened in November 1842

Historical Events

  • Nov 8 Belgium King Leopold I proclaims child labor laws (for 1889)
  • Nov 9 The first U.S. design patent for typefaces and borders was issued to George Bruce of New York City
  • Nov 17 Fugitive slave George Latimer captured in Boston
  • Nov 17 Opera "Linda di Chamounix" by Gaetano Donizetti is produced in London
  • Nov 22 Mount St Helens in Washington erupts
  • Nov 26 The University of Notre Dame is founded

Famous Birthdays

  • Nov 2 Otto Reubke, German organist, conductor, and composer, born in Hausneindorf, Kingdom of Prussia (d. 1913)
  • Nov 4 William Barker Cushing, American naval officer (best known for sinking the CSS Albemarle during a daring nighttime raid on 27 October 1864), born in Delafield, Wisconsin (d. 1874)
  • Nov 14 Walter Williams, claimed to be last survivor of Civil War (d. 1959)
  • Nov 22 Anna S Barbiers, Dutch actress (Klaasje Zevenster, Uncle Tom), born in the Netherlands (d. 1908)
  • Nov 22 José Maria de Heredia, Cuban-French sonnet poet (Les Trophées), born in La Fortuna, Cuba (d. 1905)
  • Nov 23 James Lillywhite, English cricket slow bowler (1st England Test captain; 2 Tests, 8 wickets; Sussex CCC) and umpire (6 Tests 1881–99), born in Westhampnett, England (d. 1929)
  • Nov 25 Vittorio Dabormida, Italian general who fought in the Italo-Ethiopian War, born in Turin (d. 1896)

Famous Weddings

Wedding of Interest

Nov 4 American socialite Mary Todd (23) weds Illinois Congressman and lawyer Abraham Lincoln (33) in Springfield, Illinois

Famous Deaths

  • Nov 14 Henry de Cock, Dutch reformed vicar and secession leader, dies at 41
  • Nov 15 Joseph Rastrelli, German composer, dies at 43
  • Nov 24 Pehr Frigel, Swedish composer, dies at 92