On This Day

November 1880 in History

Events in History

Election of Interest

Nov 2 James A. Garfield (R) elected 20th US President

  • Nov 11 Australian Bushranger and outlaw Ned Kelly is hanged at Melbourne Gaol

Ben-Hur Turns Author Into a Soldier of Fortune

Nov 12 Best selling American novel "Ben-Hur: A Tale of The Christ" by soldier Lew Wallace is published

  • Nov 21 Henry Stanley and Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza quarrel about possession of Congo

Birthdays in History

Alfred Wegener

Nov 1 Alfred Wegener, German polar researcher, geophysicist and meteorologist (continental shift), born in Berlin (d. 1930)

  • Nov 1 Sholem Asch, Polish-Jewish novelist and playwright (East River, Three Cities), born in Kutno, Poland (d. 1957)

Robert Musil

Nov 6 Robert Musil, Austrian writer (Mann ohne Eigenschaften), born in Klagenfurt, Austria (d. 1942)

  • Nov 6 Chris van Abkoude, Dutch-American writer and novelist (Pietje Bell, Kruimeltje), born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1959)
  • Nov 10 Aart A van Schelven, Dutch church historian (Willem of Orange)
  • Nov 10 Jacob Epstein, American-English sculptor (Adam, Jacob & the Angel), born in NYC, New York (d. 1959)
  • Nov 21 Franz Hessel, German writer, born in Szczecin, Poland (d. 1941)
  • Nov 25 Leonard Woolf, English author and husband of Virginia Woolf, born in London (d. 1969)
  • Nov 25 Elsie J. Oxenham, British children's author (Abbey Series), born in Southport, Lancashire, England (d. 1960)
  • Nov 28 Alexander Block, Russian poet (Dvenatsat), born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1921)
  • Nov 28 Marinus van Meel, Dutch aviator and aircraft manufacturer, born in Rotterdam, Netherlands (d. 1958)

Deaths in History

  • Nov 11 Lucretia Mott, American Quaker, abolitionist and women's right activist (1st Woman's Rights Convention), dies at 87
  • Nov 19 Bernard ter Haar, Dutch poet (Herbert and Clara) and church historian, dies at 74
  • Nov 28 Aires de Ornelas e Vasconcelos, Portuguese Roman Catholic Archbishop of Goa, dies at 43