On This Day

What Happened on November 1, 1859

Historical Events

  • 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.

Famous Birthdays

  • Bid McPhee, American Baseball Hall of Fame second baseman (Cincinnati Reds; last 2nd baseman to play without a glove), born in Massena, NY (d. 1943)
  • Charles Brantley Aycock, 50th Governor of North Carolina (1901-05), born in Wayne County, North Carolina (d. 1912)
  • W. H. Grattan Flood, Irish author and composer, born in Lismore, County Waterford, Ireland (d. 1928)
1859 Highlights

About November 1, 1859

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 161 years, 8 months and 21 days
Leap Year: No

Star Sign: Scorpio