Historical Events in November 1859

  • 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.

MurderMurder of Interest

Nov 2 Abolitionist John Brown found guilty of murder, conspiring slaves to revolt and treason against Virginia and sentenced to hang

Abolitionist John Brown
Abolitionist
John Brown
  • 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