On This Day

What Happened in November 1848

Historical Events

  • Nov 1 Classes begin at Boston Female Medical College, 1st US female medical college

WHSmith: a Retail Giant Born From a Widow's MightWHSmith: a Retail Giant Born From a Widow's Might

Nov 1 WHSmith opens its 1st railway bookstall, at Euston Station in London
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Retail pioneer William Henry Smith and one of the station bookstalls that spread across the UK in the last century
Retail pioneer William Henry Smith and one of the station bookstalls that spread across the UK in the last century
  • Nov 3 Johan Thorbeckes revises the Constitution of the Netherlands

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Nov 7 General Zachary Taylor elected as 12th President of US

12th US President Zachary Taylor
12th US President
Zachary Taylor
  • Nov 9 Post office at Clay & Pike opens, 1st in San Francisco
  • Nov 9 Robert Blum, a German revolutionary and MP (Liberal), is executed in Vienna.
  • Nov 21 Alfred de Musset's "Andre del Sarto" premieres in Paris
  • Nov 21 Cincinnati Turngemeinde founded
  • Nov 23 Female Medical Educational Society forms in Boston

Famous Birthdays

  • Nov 6 Richard Jefferies, English naturalist and essayist, born in Coate, Swindon, England (d. 1887)
  • Nov 8 Gottlob Frege, German mathematician and logician (Begriffsschrift), born in Wismar, Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, German Confederation (d. 1925)
  • Nov 12 Eduard Müller, member of the Swiss Federal Council (d. 1919)
  • Nov 13 Albert I, Prince of Monaco (1889-1922), born in Paris (d. 1922)
  • Nov 24 Lilli Lehmann, opera singer

Famous Deaths

  • Nov 15 P Rossi, Italian, murdered
  • Nov 17 Jozef B "Olim" Cannaert, Flemish lawyer, dies
  • Nov 23 Alfred Julius Becher, Austrian journalist and composer, dies at 45
  • Nov 23 John Barrow, 1st Baronet, English statesman and founder of the Royal Geographical Society, dies at 84

Person of interestWilliam Lamb

Nov 24 William Lamb, 2ng Viscount Melbourne, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (Whig 1834, 1835-41), dies at 69

British Prime Minister William Lamb
British Prime Minister
William Lamb