On This Day

Historical Events in November 1856

  • Nov 3 A British fleet bombards Canton

Election of Interest

Nov 4 James Buchanan elected 15th US president

Palace of Westminster

Nov 13 The Great Bell of Big Ben first chimes at the foot of the still unfinished clock tower outside the Palace of Westminster [1]

Historic Invention

Nov 14 American Gail Borden is issued a patent for technology related to his invention of condensed milk

  • Nov 16 Amsterdam post office at Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal opens
  • Nov 17 On the Sonoita River in present-day southern Arizona, the United States Army establishes Fort Buchanan in order to help control new land acquired in the Gadsden Purchase.