On This Day

November 1868 in History

Events in History

  • Nov 2 Time zone: New Zealand officially adopts a standard time to be observed nationally
  • Nov 3 John Willis Menard from Louisiana is elected the first black US Congressman (opposition to his election means he never sits in Congress)

Election of Interest

Nov 3 Ulysses S. Grant (R) wins US presidential election over Horatio Seymour (D)

  • Nov 11 1st American amateur track & field meet (NYC)

Victory in Battle

Nov 11 War of the Triple Alliance: Allied victory in the Battle of Avay leaves 3,000 Paraguayan soldiers dead, 600 wounded and the road to Asunción open

  • Nov 13 American Philological Association organized in NY
  • Nov 23 Louis Ducos du Hauron patents trichrome color photo process

Battle of Interest

Nov 27 Battle at Washita River, Oklahoma. General George A. Custer attacks group of Native American Indians, their chief Black Kettle dies in the attack

Historic Event

Nov 30 The inauguration of a statue of King Charles XII of Sweden takes place in the King's garden in Stockholm


Birthdays in History

  • Nov 8 Felix Hausdorff, German mathematician (Hausdorff space), born in Breslau, Kingdom of Prussia (d. 1942)
  • Nov 9 Emmanuel de Bom, Flemish author (Wrakken), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1953)
  • Nov 10 Gichin Funakoshi, Japanese martial artist, Father of Japanese Shotokan Karatedo, born in Shuri, Okinawa, Japan (d. 1957)
  • Nov 11 Édouard Vuillard, French painter and graphic artist, born in Cuiseaux, Saône-et-Loire, France (d. 1940)
  • Nov 22 John Nance Garner, American Democratic politician & lawyer (32nd Vice President of the U.S.), born in Red River County, Texas (d. 1967)

Deaths in History

  • Nov 19 Ivane Andronikashvili, Georgian general (b. 1798)