On This Day

Historical Events in November 1820

  • Nov 3 Cuenca (Santa Ana de los RĂ­os de Cuenca), Ecuador, declares independence

Election of Interest

Nov 7 James Monroe re-elected US president

  • Nov 18 Antarctica sighted by US Navy Captain Nathaniel B. Palmer
  • Nov 20 Whaling ship Essex attacked and sunk by a sperm whale in the southern Pacific, only eight of the 20 crew men eventually survive (through cannibalism). Inspiration for the novel "Moby-Dick"