On This Day

What Happened in November 1850

Historical Events

  • Nov 6 1st Hawaiian fire engine
  • Nov 6 Yerba Buena & Angel Islands (San Francisco Bay) reserved for military use

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 19 Alfred Tennyson becomes British Poet Laureate, succeeding William Wordsworth

  • Nov 29 The treaty, Punctation of Olmütz, signed in Olomouc means diplomatic capitulation of Prussia to Austrian Empire, taking over the leadership of German Confederation

Famous Birthdays

  • Nov 5 Ella Wheeler Wilcox, American author and poet (Poems of Passion), born in Johnstown, Wisconsin (d. 1919)
  • Nov 8 Karel Komzák II, Viennese composer, born in Prague (d. 1905)
  • Nov 9 Lewis Lewin, German toxicologist (father of psychopharmacologist), born in Tuchel, West Prussia (d. 1929)
  • Nov 12 Mikhail Chigorin, Russian chess player (d. 1908)

Person of interestRobert Louis Stevenson

Nov 13 Robert Louis Stevenson, Scottish author (Treasure Island), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1894)

  • Nov 20 Arthur Goring Thomas, English composer
  • Nov 26 Henricus van de Wetering, Archbishop of Utrecht (1895-1929), born in Hoogland, Netherlands (d. 1929)

Famous Deaths

  • Nov 4 Gustav Schwab, German writer, dies at 58
  • Nov 5 Ferdinand Karl Joseph, Archduke of Austria-Este, dies at 69
  • Nov 19 Richard Mentor Johnson, American politician (b. 1780)