On This Day

November 1837 in History

Events in History

  • Nov 7 In Alton, Illinois, abolitionist printer Elijah P. Lovejoy shot dead (age 34) by pro-slavery mob while attempting to protect his printing shop from being destroyed a third time.
  • Nov 8 Mount Holyoke Seminary in Massachusetts founded - 1st US college founded for women

Pitman Shorthand: An Invention of NotePitman Shorthand: An Invention of Note

Nov 15 Isaac Pitman introduces his shorthand system of writing

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English language teacher Isaac Pitman
English language teacher Isaac Pitman
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Book releaseHistoric Publication

Nov 18 Letter by Göttingen Seven published protesting abolition of constitution of Kingdom of Hanover, by seven professors including Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm

  • Nov 19 Floridsdorf-Deutsch Wagram railway in Austria opens
  • Nov 21 Thomas Morris of Australia skips rope 22,806 times

Birthdays in History

  • Nov 2 Émile Bayard, French artist and illustrator, born in La Ferté-sous-Jouarre, Seine-et-Marne, France (d. (1891)
  • Nov 9 Gerrit Jan van Heek, Dutch textile manufacturer and politician, born in Enschede, Netherlands (d. 1915)
  • Nov 13 James T. Rapier, African-American politician, born in Florence, Alabama (d. 1883)
  • Nov 17 David Capriles, director of psychiatry of Monte Christo, Curacao

Person of interestJohannes van der Waals

Nov 23 Johannes van der Waals, Dutch physicist (Nobel 1910, Liquid and Gas States), born in Leiden, Netherlands (d. 1923)

Physicist/Nobel Laureate Johannes van der Waals
Physicist/Nobel Laureate
Johannes van der Waals
  • Nov 28 John Wesley Hyatt, American inventor who simplified the production of celluloid, born in Starkey, New York (d. 1920)

Deaths in History

  • Nov 4 Jean-Louis-Marc Alibert, French dermatologist, dies at 69
  • Nov 7 Elijah Parish Lovejoy, American newspaper publisher and abolitionist, murdered at 34
  • Nov 30 Deaf Smith, American frontiersman and revolutionary, dies at 50