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November 1878 in History

Events in History

  • Nov 1 Edward Scripps & John Sweeney found Penny Press (Cleveland Press)
  • Nov 6 Henrik Ibsen's "Samfundets Stotter" premieres in Oslo
  • Nov 10 Aleksandr Ostrovsky's "Bespridannitsa" premieres in Moscow
  • Nov 17 First assassination attempt against Umberto I of Italy

Artist's 'Rocket' Shot Down in FlamesArtist's 'Rocket' Shot Down in Flames

Nov 28 Whistler v. Ruskin, the most famous trial in art history, ends with artist James McNeill Whistler awarded a token farthing in compensation after suing the writer and critic John Ruskin for libel, seeking £1,000 damages

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Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket now on display in the USA
Nocturne in Black and Gold: The Falling Rocket now on display in the USA
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Birthdays in History


Person of interestCarlos Saavedra Lamas

Nov 1 Carlos Saavedra Lamas, Argentine politician (Nobel Peace Prize 1936), born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 1959)

Nobel Peace Laureate Carlos Saavedra Lamas
Nobel Peace Laureate
Carlos Saavedra Lamas
  • Nov 1 Konrad Mägi, Estonian painter, born in Hellenurme Manor, Elva Parish, Governorate of Livonia (d. 1925)
  • Nov 7 Lise Meitner, Austrian-Swedish physicist (discovered the nuclear fission of uranium), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1968)
  • Nov 13 John C Kielstra, Dutch economist and governor of Suriname (1933-44)
  • Nov 13 Max Dehn, German mathematician (Dehn’s lemma), born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1952)
  • Nov 14 Leopold Staff, Polish poet (d. 1957)
  • Nov 14 Julie Manet, French painter, daughter of Berthe Morisot (d. 1966)
  • Nov 17 Grace Abbott, Grand Island Neb, social worker (US Children Bureau)
  • Nov 21 Gustav Radbruch, German lawyer and jurist, born in Lübeck, Schleswig-Holstein, Prussia (d. 1949)
  • Nov 23 Ernest J King, US fleet admiral/Chief of Naval Operations (WWII)
  • Nov 24 Mark N Tod, English classicist/historian
  • Nov 25 Georg Kaiser, German playwright (The Burghers of Calais), born in Magdeburg (d. 1945)
  • Nov 27 Jatindramohan Bagchi, Indian (Bengali) poet, born in Jamsherpur, Bengal Presidency, British India (d. 1948).
  • Nov 28 Jozef van Mierlo, Belgian Jesuit and literary (Hadewych), born in Turnhout, Belgium (d. 1958)

Deaths in History

  • Nov 28 Orson Hyde, American religious leader (b. 1805)
  • Nov 30 George Henry Lewes, English philosophical writer (Life of Goethe), dies at 61