What Happened in November 1854

Historical Events

  • Nov 2 Cobblestone paving of Washington St between Dupont & Kearny starts
  • Nov 4 Lighthouse built on Alcatraz Island
  • Nov 5 Crimean War: British & French defeat Russian force of 50,000 at Inkerman

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Nov 9 Franz Liszt's "Fest-Long" premieres

Composer/Pianist Franz Liszt
Franz Liszt
  • Nov 13 "New Era" sinks off NJ coast with loss of 300
  • Nov 15 In Egypt, the Suez Canal, linking the Mediterranean Sea with the Red Sea, is given the necessary royal concession.
  • Nov 28 Dutch army stops Chinese uprising in Borneo

Famous Birthdays

  • Nov 3 Jokichi Takamine, Takaoka Toyama, Japanese-American Biochemist who isolated adrenalin (epinephrine), which causes the body to respond to emergencies, the first pure hormone isolated from natural sources
  • Nov 5 Paul Sabatier, French chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1941)
  • Nov 5 Alphonse Desjardins, founder of the Caisses populaires Desjardins (d. 1920)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Nov 6 John Philip Sousa, march king (Stars & Stripes Forever), born in Washington, D.C.

  • Nov 8 Johannes Rydberg, Swedish physicist (d. 1919)
  • Nov 9 Joseph Miroslav Weber, Czech composer, born in Prague (d. 1906)
  • Nov 13 George Whitfield Chadwick, American composer (Judi Van Winke), born in Lowell, Massachusetts (d. 1931)
  • Nov 16 Jules van de Heuvel, Belgian lawyer/politician
  • Nov 17 Louis HG Lyautey, French minister of Defense (1916-17)
  • Nov 21 Benedict XV, [Giacomo PGB marques della Chiessa], 258th Pope (1914-22)
  • Nov 27 Aloys L earl von Aehrenthal, Austrian minister of Foreign affairs
  • Nov 28 Gottlieb J Haberlandt, Hungarians/German botanist

Famous Deaths

  • Nov 5 Soimonov, Russian general, dies in battle of Inkermann
  • Nov 18 Edward Forbes, English Naturalist and pioneer in the field of biogeography, dies of an illness at 39
  • Nov 19 Alberich Zwyssig, composer, dies at 46
  • Nov 25 John G Lockhart, [scorpion], English biographer, dies at 60
  • Nov 26 Matthijs Siegenbeek, literature (Defeated German Spelling), dies