On This Day

November 1876 in History

Events in History

  • Nov 1 King Willem III opens North Sea Canal (Amsterdam-IJmuiden)
  • Nov 1 New Zealand's provincial government system is dissolved.

DiscoveryHistoric Expedition

Nov 5 Henry Morton Stanley's expedition leaves Nyangwe

Journalist and Explorer Henry Morton Stanley
Journalist and Explorer
Henry Morton Stanley
  • Nov 7 Edward Bouchet is 1st African American to receive a Ph.D from a US college (Yale)
  • Nov 7 Meharry Medical College forms at Central Tennessee College

Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Nov 7 President Rutherford B. Hayes and Samuel J. Tilden claim presidential victory as Tilden (D) wins popular vote but Electoral College votes are disputed with Hayes (R)

19th US President Rutherford B. Hayes
19th US President
Rutherford B. Hayes
  • Nov 21 Skirmish between HM Stanley's expedition & natives
  • Nov 23 Columbia, Harvard & Princeton form Intercollegiate Football Association
  • Nov 25 Indian Wars: In retaliation for the American defeat at the Battle of the Little Bighorn, United States Army troops sack Chief Dull Knife's sleeping Cheyenne village at the headwaters of the Powder River.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 30 Archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann finds the gold Mask of Agamemnon at Mycenae (modern Greece) "the Mona Lisa of prehistory" [1]

Archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann
Archaeologist
Heinrich Schliemann

Birthdays in History

  • Nov 3 Stephen Alencastre, Portuguese Roman Catholic prelate, born in Porto Santo, Madeira Islands, Portugal (d. 1940)
  • Nov 4 James Earle Fraser, American sculptor (Indian Head (Buffalo) nickel), born in Winona, Minnesota (d. 1953)
  • Nov 5 Raymond Duchamp-Villon, French cubist sculptor (Head of Baudeaire), born in Damville, Eure, France (d. 1918)
  • Nov 7 Culbert Olson, American lawyer and politician (Gov-D-Cal), born in Fillmore, Utah (d. 1962)
  • Nov 8 Frank L. Gillespie, American founder of Supreme Life Insurance Company, born in Osceola, Arkansas (d. 1925)
  • Nov 17 Baron Joseph van de Meulebroeck, mayor (Brussels, Belgium)
  • Nov 19 Tatyana Afanasyeva, Russian-Dutch mathematician and physicist (fields of statistical mechanics and statistical thermodynamics), born in Kiev, Ukraine (d. 1964)
  • Nov 24 Walter Griffin, US architect, city planner; designed Canberra, Aust
  • Nov 25 Princess Victoria Melita of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Grand Duchess of Hesse, born in San Anton Palace, Attard, British Malta (d. 1936)
  • Nov 26 Bart van der Leck, Dutch painter (Style), born in Utrecht, Netherlands (d. 1958)

Person of interestWillis Carrier

Nov 26 Willis Carrier, American engineer (developed modern air conditioning), born in Angola, New York (d. 1950)

Engineer Willis Carrier
Engineer
Willis Carrier

Deaths in History

  • Nov 6 Giacomo Antonelli, Italian cardinal and assistant secretary of state of Pius IX, dies at 70
  • Nov 7 Albertus C van Raalte, Dutch/US vicar (Michigan), dies at 65
  • Nov 8 Maria Vittoria dal Pozzo, Queen consort of Spain (1870-73), dies at 29
  • Nov 28 Karl Earnest Ritter von Baer, Estonian/German embryologist, dies at 84