What Happened in November 1859

Historical Events

  • Nov 1 The current Cape Lookout, North Carolina, lighthouse was lit for the first time. Its first-order Fresnel lens can be seen for about 19 miles (30 kilometers), in good conditions.
  • Nov 12 Jules Leotard performs 1st Flying Trapeze circus act (Paris) He also designed garment that bears his name
  • Nov 16 Aleksandr Ostrovsky's "Groza" premieres in Moscow

Book releaseHistoric Publication

Nov 24 English naturalist Charles Darwin publishes "On the Origin of Species" radically changing the view of evolution and laying the foundation for evolutionary biology

Naturalist Charles Darwin
Naturalist
Charles Darwin

Book releaseHistoric Publication

Nov 26 Last weekly installment of Charles Dickens' "A Tale Of Two Cities" is published in literary periodical "All the Year Round"

Novelist Charles Dickens
Novelist
Charles Dickens

Famous Birthdays

  • Nov 1 Charles Brantley Aycock, (Gov-NC)
  • Nov 1 William Henry Grattan Flood, composer
  • Nov 4 Stanislaw Niewiadomski, composer
  • Nov 13 Georg Knorr, German engineer (brake system trains), born in Ruda bei Neumark, West Prussia (d. 1911)
  • Nov 15 Christopher Hornsrud, Prime Minister of Norway (d. 1960)
  • Nov 17 Gerhard Rusenkrone Schjelderup, composer
  • Nov 19 Mikhail Mikhayl Ippolitov-Ivanov, Russian musician (Armenian Rhapsody)
  • Nov 22 Cecil Sharp, British collector of English folk music and dance, born in London, England (d. 1924)

Person of interestBilly the Kid

Nov 23 Billy the Kid [William H Bonney], American frontier outlaw, born in NYC, New York (d. 1881)

Frontier Outlaw Billy the Kid
Frontier Outlaw
Billy the Kid
  • Nov 24 Cass Gilbert, American architect (d. 1934)
  • Nov 30 Sergey Mikhaylovich Lyapunov, composer

Famous Deaths

  • Nov 7 Carl Gottlieb Reissiger, composer, dies at 61
  • Nov 22 Ludwig "Louis" Spohr, German violinist/composer (Faust), dies at 75

Person of interestWashington Irving

Nov 28 Washington Irving, American author (Legend of Sleepy Hollow), dies of a heart attack at 76