On This Day

What Happened in November 1855

Historical Events

Historic Event

Nov 17 David Livingstone becomes the first European to see Victoria Falls, in what is now Zambia and Zimbabwe

Famous Birthdays

  • Nov 1 Guido Adler, Bohemian-Austrian musicologist (Still in the Music), born in Eibenschütz, Moravia, Austrian Empire (d. 1942)
  • Nov 5 Eugene V. Debs, American labor leader and Socialist presidential candidate, born in Terre Haute, Indiana (d. 1926)
  • Nov 5 Léon Teisserenc de Bort, French meteorologist (discovered the stratosphere), born in Paris, France (d. 1913)
  • Nov 6 Iosif Kotek, Russian composer and violinist, born in Kamenets-Podolsk, Ukraine (d. 1885)
  • Nov 6 Ezra Seymour Gosney, American philanthropist and eugenicist, born in Kenton County, Kentucky (d. 1942)
  • Nov 7 Edwin Hall, American physicist (discovered Hall effect), born in Gorham, Maine (d. 1938)
  • Nov 13 Daniel François Scheurleer, Dutch musicologist and banker, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1927)
  • Nov 19 Billy Bates, English cricket all-rounder (15 Tests, 5 x 50, 50 wickets, BB 7/28, hat-trick 1883; Yorkshire CCC), born in Huddersfield, England (d. 1900)
  • Nov 20 Josiah Royce, American philosopher (Conception of Immortality), born in Grass Valley, California (d. 1916)
  • Nov 23 Frank Friday Fletcher, American Naval Admiral (Medal of Order for Battle of Veracruz), born in Oskaloosa, Iowa (d. 1928)
  • Nov 30 Willem Treub, Dutch economist and politician, born in Voorschoten, Netherlands (d. 1931)

Famous Weddings

J.E.B. Stuart

Nov 14 Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart (22) weds Flora Cooke in Fort Riley, Kansas

Famous Deaths

  • Nov 11 Søren Kierkegaard, Danish philosopher, dies at 42
  • Nov 26 Adam B Mickiewicz, Polish poet (Polish Legion), dies at 56