On This Day

November 1798 in History

Events in History

Historic Event

Nov 8 Irish revolutionary Wolfe Tone is sentenced to death by hanging for his part in the Irish Rebellion of 1798. Tone requests to be shot instead so as to die a soldier's death.

  • Nov 16 Kentucky becomes first state to nullify an act of Congress
  • Nov 17 Beginning of a 5 day New England Blizzard that covers thousands of houses and kills hundreds
  • Nov 19 Dutch Rijksmuseum founded in the Hague (moved to Amsterdam 1808)
  • Nov 27 Rabbi Shneur Zalman, author (Tanya), released from St Petersburg jail

Birthdays in History

  • Nov 1 Benjamin Guinness, Irish brewer and philanthropist, born in Dublin (d. 1868)
  • Nov 3 Mason James Murray, American senator and Confederate diplomat (Trent Affair), born in Fairfax, Virginia (d. 1871)
  • Nov 5 Marie-Caroline of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Duchess of Berry, Italian princess of the House of Bourbon, born in Caserta Palace, Caserta, Kingdom of Naples (d. 1870)
  • Nov 29 Alexander Brullov, Russian painter (d. 1877)

Deaths in History

ExecutionWolfe Tone

Nov 19 Wolfe Tone, Irish republican and revolutionary figure (United Irishmen), dies at 35 in unclear circumstances on the day he was to be hanged